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. Hong kong is situated on the south-east coast of china and the island was ceded to the british in 1842 the peninsular of kowloon on the mainland, together with stonecutters island , was secured in 1860, whilst a larger area of the mainland called the new territories was leased for ninety-nine years in 1898 - the total area of the colony being 398 square miles. 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. 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 treaties. Examples of british colonial architecture can be still be found around hong kong, most of which were built during the victorian period st john's cathedral, which was completed in 1849, is the oldest christian church in the area and was designed in the style of early english gothic architecture.
1997 july - hong kong is handed back to the chinese authorities after more than 150 years of british control tung chee-hwa, a shanghai-born former shipping tycoon with no political experience, is. As a result, the british were given the island of hong kong and trading rights in the ports of canton and shanghai although british imperialism never politically took hold in mainland china, as it did in india or africa, its cultural and political legacy is still evident today. Oct 1, 2012 protesters carrying british colonial hong kong flags stand outside the chinese liaison office in hong kong the protests, coinciding with china's 63rd national day, were in support of. This colonization prompted more trade between hong kong and the western world but this political decision was made in the 1800s, and made in the british crown colony labels are much later, usually from the late 1950s & early 1960s.
Anson chan was the chief secretary in both the british colonial government of hong kong - de facto deputy to the last british governor, chris patten - and the hong kong special administrative. Also a lot of the cultural/political differences between shenzhen and hong kong end up being american/british cultural differences at a trivial level, the standard accent for english in hk is british whereas people in shenzhen try to copy an american accent. A campaigner carries a former colonial hong kong flag during a hong kong-uk reunification demonstration outside the british consulate in hong kong on july 1, 2016 — the 19th anniversary of hong. Hong kong 1888 [map] in map of hong kong with british kowloon retrieved january 25, 2016, hong kong: the last day of british colonial rule update - duration: 3:29.
Celebrates hong kong's coming decolonization, but objects to us intervention handing back hong kong lm commentary, 30 june 1997, on the eve of decolonization and an analysis of british policies. When the sino-british joint declaration was negotiated in the early 1980s, beijing depended mainly on hong kong's small bands of left-wing anti-colonial activists for support it was the beginning of china's reform era, and the chinese communist party (ccp) was still seriously contemplating its own reforms. The british grew increasingly worried about the security of their free port at british hong kong during the second half of the 19th century it was an isolated island, surrounded by areas still under chinese control.
Trumping these scenes in many reports, though, was parochial indignation that beijing had banned a group of british mps from making a planned visit to hong kong diplomatic protocol now dictates. Only in the 15 years before the 1997 handover did the british colonial government reveal their 'secret' longing to put hong kong on the road to democracy. The british officially colonized hong kong in 1841 and decolonized the peninsula in 1997, the british colonization benefitted hongshow more content the first opium war took place between the british and the qing empire in 1839 until 1842.
Hong kong island became british in 1841, and an informal empire operated in china by way of british treaty ports and the great trading city of shanghai the greatest 19th-century extension of british power took place in africa , however. Economic history of hong kong and entrepreneurs from shanghai and other cities to the relative safety and stability of the british colonial port of hong kong.
On january 26, 1841, the british flag was raised at possession point on hong kong island, and british occupation began a few months later, officials were selling plots of land and the colonization of hong kong took flight.