The unofficial clasp on the Hong Kong Plague Medal says Ti Pin Shang and then the words Plague 1894. Ti Pin Shang is a corruption of ‘Taipingshan’, a district situated in the western half of the City of Victoria on Hong Kong Island. Much of the district was known for its primitive, crowded and unsanitary living conditions.
I can see now why the Plague Medal is so sought after. Apart from its rarity, it is a very striking medal with a detailed reverse that 'tells a story'. This is one of the reasons that I like the Natal Rebellion Medal. It is my impression that the high standards of British medal making were not maintained in the 20th Century.