Four Bandits

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Photograph at the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese (from left to right: Yeung Hok-ling, Sun Yat-sen, Chan Siu-bak and Yau Lit). The one standing was Kwan King-leung. Photo taken circa 1888.[1]
Wax statues of the Four Bandits at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

The Four Bandits, Four Outlaws (四大寇) or the Four Desperados (清末四大寇) was a nickname given to a group of 4 young students in Hong Kong who were keen on discussing the current issues in China, and aspired to overthrow the corrupt Qing dynasty run by the Manchus. The four bandits were Yeung Hok-ling, Sun Yat-sen, Chan Siu-bak and Yau Lit.[1][2] "Yeung Yiu Kee" (楊耀記), Yeung's family shop located at 24 Gough Street in Hong Kong, used to be the meeting place of the bandits.[3] One of the Four Bandits, Sun Yat-sen later became the leader of China Revolutionary Alliance and the first Provisional President of the Republic of China. At the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, statues made out of wax were made of the exact picture taken.


  1. ^ a b Bard, Solomon. Voices from the past: Hong Kong, 1842-1918. [2002] (2002). HK university press. ISBN 962-209-574-7, ISBN 978-962-209-574-8. pg 183.
  2. ^ L Fu. (2009). From surgeon-apothecary to statesman: Sun Yat-sen at the Hong Kong College of Medicine. J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2009; 39:166–72
  3. ^ Macdonald, Phil. [2006] (2006). National Geographic Traveler: Hong Kong, 2nd Ed. National geographic books publishing. ISBN 0-7922-5369-8, ISBN 978-0-7922-5369-3.