Hong kong museum of history website a speech script on history of hong kong bibliography of hong kong archaeology on the university of hong kong website story of the stanford family and the effect of the fall of hong kong in 1941 basic law drafting history online university of hong kong libraries digital initiatives. Hong kong hong kong special administrative region of china located to the east of the pearl river estuary on the south coast of china hong kong was a british possession for decades until it rejoined china in 1997 it is a vibrant cultural and financial center of chinese society. 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. During the first opium war china cedes the island of hong kong to the british with the signing of the chuenpi convention an agreement seeking an end to the first anglo chinese conflict in 1839 . A chronology of key events 1842 china cedes hong kong island to britain after the first opium war over the decades thousands of chinese migrants fleeing domestic upheavals settle in the
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