Lin Tse-hsu (1785-1850), a famous statesman, was a high official in the government of the Ching dynasty. He was recognized as an early pioneer in prohibiting the use of opium in China. During his term as Viceroy of Hunan and Kwangtung provinces, he successfully suppressed the selling and supplying of opium to opium-addicts. Because he destroyed by burning a huge quantity of opium at Humen, Kwangtung province on June 3, 1839, that day is now observed every year as Opium Suppression Day in China. Besides his devoted efforts in suppressing opium, Lin was a distinguished statesman because of his accomplishments in water conservation and the quelling of the Moslem revolt in Yunnan province. After his death, the Emperor of the Ching dynasty honored him with the title of Lord Wen Chung, a dignified honor in acknowledging his devoted service to his country.
The design was offered by Prof.Lin Chung-yung and photographed by Mr. Liu Pao-chin.
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