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  2. British Hong Kong - Wikipedia

    Hong Kong was a colony of the British Empire and later a dependent territory of the United Kingdom from 1841 to 1997, apart from a period of Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945 during the Pacific War. The colonial period began with the British occupation of Hong Kong Island in 1841, during the First Opium War between the British and the Qing ...

  3. Handover of Hong Kong | Ceremony, Effects, & 1997 | Britannica

    handover of Hong Kong, transfer of the British crown colony of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty, ending 156 years of British rule. After a formal handover ceremony on July 1, 1997, the colony became the Hong Kong special administrative region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China.

  4. Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 to 1941 and again from 1945 to 1997. In 1839 in the First Opium War, Britain invaded China and one its first acts was to occupy Hong Kong. What is a...

  5. Hong Kong and the Opium Wars - The National Archives

    Hong Kong became a British colony through two wars: the First and Second Opium Wars. The First Opium War broke out in 1839. It is called the ‘Opium War’ because of one of its major causes:...

  6. Hong Kong–United Kingdom relations - Wikipedia–United_Kingdom_relations

    Hong KongUnited Kingdom relations are the international relations between the post-colonial Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 to 1941 and again from 1945 to 1997 when sovereignty was handed over to China.

  7. 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.

  8. Handover of Hong Kong - Wikipedia

    British citizens (without right of abode in Hong Kong) were no longer able to work in Hong Kong without a visa; the policy was changed on 1 April 1997. [145] [146] The United Kingdom was now represented by the British Consulate-General , which reports directly to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office . [147]

  9. Hong Kong ceded to the British - HISTORY

    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.

  10. How Hong Kong Came Under ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Rule

    At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control after a century and a half of British colonial rule. The handover was meant to establish a “one country, two systems ...

  11. British Hong Kong - Simple English Wikipedia, the free...

    British Hong Kong (Chinese: 英屬香港) was a colony and British Dependent Territory of the United Kingdom. It was Hong Kong when it was controlled as part of the British Empire . The British governed Hong Kong from 1841 to 1997, except for a small amount of time when the Japanese took over Hong Kong during World War II .