They realized that defending hong kong would be virtually impossible if the colony, and other asian possessions, were attacked by japan even so, britain decided that a show of force might deter any possible japanese aggression, and it sought troops to reinforce the british and indian units already garrisoned in hong kong. Hong kong’s fate took a dramatic turn the morning a flag was planted in possession point in 1841 what palmerston described as a ‘barren island’ blossomed and the events of this era forged a world city, leaving a visual and cultural mark that is often grand, sometimes quirky. British colony, gambling was popular among the indigenous chinese the british governor macdonnell was the ﬁrst legislator in chinese history to raise tax through licensing and legislation while the laws established the legal status of 2 1 the history of gambling in hong kong and macao. Hong kong has strong links with international fashion designers, including luxury british brands such as alfred dunhill, paul smith and harvey nichols alfred dunhill’s specialist landmark prince’s location brings a taste of british tailoring to hong kong that reflects its love for international style.
Hong kong woke up to the last day of british colonial rule on monday with only hours to go, the last touches were being put on preparations to hand hong kong back to the chinese after 156 years. A worn old american educational film shows how hong kong was looked upon fifty years ago before the big boom began in the next clip the shek kip mei fire will be shown. British hong kong denotes the period during which hong kong was governed as a colony and british dependent territory of the united kingdom excluding the japanese occupation during the second world war , hong kong was under british rule from 1841 to 1997.
In 1997, the british handed hong kong back to china, the end of a 99-year-long lease and an event that was dreaded and anticipated by the residents, the chinese, the english, and the rest of the world. A chronology of key events in the history of hong kong from 1842 to the present governor of hong kong, with a brief to oversee the colony's after more than 150 years of british control. When hong kong became a british colony, bold brocaded labels like you see in the mid 20th century were expensive in fact, few clothing labels existed at all in the 1800s only high-end shops spent on them, and they were small - too small for such long text. History in the very long scale of history, hong kong as we know it today has existed for a mere blink of an eye but there was a lot going on in the region before that wintry morning in 1841 when a contingent of british marines clambered ashore and planted the union flag on the western part of hong kong island, claiming it for the british crown. After being ceded by china to the british under the treaty of nanking in 1842, the colony of hong kong quickly became a regional center for financial and commercial services based particularly around the hongkong and shanghai bank and merchant companies such as jardine matheson.
The british said little about hong kong’s self-determination before returning the city to china in 1997 on a pledge to preserve and expand its liberal democratic institutions over another 50. A former british colony, hong kong was returned to china in 1997 but it enjoys considerably more freedoms due to the one country, two systems formula, under which beijing agreed to give the. History hong kong became a british colony in 1842 after china and great britain had led a war on opium trade at that time hong kong had already become an important trading post at first the british only occupied hong kong island later on it expanded to kowloon peninsula and the new territories. To be sure, hong kong came out better than almost any other former colony, british or otherwise governor murray maclehose’s tenure, from 1971 to 1982, saw a massive expansion of government. Hong kong, tuesday, july 1 -- in the first moments after midnight, in a ceremony of solemn precision and martial music, china resumed sovereignty over hong kong today, ending 156 years of british colonial rule.
The history of hong kong, hong kong became a crown colony of the british empire christian missionaries founded many schools and churches in hong kong st stephen's anglican church located in west point was founded by the church mission society in 1865. History of the hong kong colonial badge and flags , the undefaced british red ensign above the hong kong government blue ensign , god save the queen was played and the union jack and the hong kong colony flags were lowered and this was followed almost immediately at 1201 with the raising of the chinese flags and the hong kong. Hong kong (1800s–1930s) was a period largely dominated by the british empire after invading the territory in 19th century during the opium war, the british gained land in a series of unequal treatieshong kong became one of the first parts of east asia to undergo industrialisation. The chinese flag is raised by people's liberation army soldiers to signal hong kong's return to chinese sovereignty after 156 years of british rule, in hong kong, july 1, 1997. Des voeux road, in hong kong, in 1930, around the time that british author stella benson was documenting her experience of life in the colony.
Meanwhile, the british colony of hong kong received waves of immigrants fleeing the chaos and tumult of mainland china throughout the 20th century with the exception of the japanese occupation between 1941 and 1945, hong kong was largely spared from the sorts of tumultuous horrors faced by china. As a british colony is the half reason why hong kong be developed, and the other half is establishment of prc in 1949 since 1950′s, due to the blockade of the prc government by the international community, united states of america implemented comprehensive embargo with china. Split between a densely populated mainland and over 200 islands in the south china sea, the small, strategic territory of hong kong was under british rule for 156 years before reverting to chinese. The battle of hong kong was fought december 8 to 25, 1941, during world war ii (1939-1945) as the second sino-japanese war raged between china and japan during the late 1930s, great britain was forced to examine its plans for the defense of hong kong.
Hong kong became a colony of the british empire after the first opium war (1839–42) hong kong island was first ceded to the uk in perpetuity, followed by kowloon peninsula in 1860 and then the new territories was put under lease in 1898 it was occupied by japan during the pacific war (1941–45.