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. 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. Hong kong was occupied by the japanese from 1941 to 1944 during world war ii but remained in british hands throughout the various chinese political upheavals of the 20th century. There are many similarities in the hong kong - british love affair and on top of that many hong kong people do not have or have forgotten what it was like during the british rule i won't be surprised if some young people even think that while under british rule hong kong was more democratic.
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. 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. 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. The battle of hong kong (8-25 december 1941), also known as the defence of hong kong and the fall of hong kong, was one of the first battles of the pacific war in world war ii on the same morning as the attack on pearl harbor , forces of the empire of japan attacked the british crown colony of hong kong.
Technically it still is, and here are the documents and history to prove it the world bank officer i checked with, also confirmed that as such 20% of the us gdp goes to the crown annually, and has done, since the revolutionary war. (hsiang-kang), a territory in southeastern china, bounded by the south china sea a possession of great britain, hong kong consists of two parts: a colony, comprising the island of hong kong and part of the kowloon peninsula, and a leased area known as the new territories, which includes most of the kowloon peninsula and the adjacent islands. An excellent documentary about hong kong's fascinating history right before hong kong's 1997 return to chinese sovereignty the film was produced by elaine forsgate marden and directed by libby. As a result, hong kong became a crown colony of the british empire leasing hong kong the treaty of nanking did not, however, resolve the opium trade dispute, and the conflict escalated again, into the second opium war.
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. — june 30, 1997: the british flag is lowered and the hong kong and chinese flags raised at midnight to signal hong kong's return to chinese sovereignty after 156 years of british rule. Jeffrey ngo and joshua wong on the fate of victor mallet is currently pursuing his phd in history at georgetown university is now based in hong kong the former british colony has. Hong kong was a british dependency from the 1840s until july 1, 1997, when it passed to chinese sovereignty as the hong kong special administrative region (sar) the british control of hong kong began in 1842, when china was forced to cede hong kong island to britain after the first opium war. 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.
British hong kong denotes the period during which hong kong was governed as a colony and british dependent territory of the united kingdomexcluding the japanese occupation during the second world war, hong kong was under british rule from 1841 to 1997. Hong kong was the last significant and economically viable colony to leave the british empire although there are still small dependent colonies scattered about the globe to this day, the imperial adventure effectively ceased in 1997 with the return of hong kong to china. Life in the british colony of hong kong the following source is a description of the culture and lifestyle in the british colony of hong kong in the 1930s the author was half british and half french. 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.
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. 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. Today's hong kong, a bustling home to over seven million people, is very different from how it was in the 1950s and 1960s at that point in time, the british colony was embracing a large inflow of. In this deeply researched but sterile history of the british crown colony, welsh describes how hong kong became a trading and commercial center after its inception during the 1839-1842 opium war and gives a straightforward account of the british entrepreneurs and their accumulation of wealth.
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 hand-picked by beijing to rule the territory following the takeover. This 3-hour hong kong city tour focuses on the history of hong kong from british colonial rule to its rise as a financial superpower and transition to china led by a local historian or architect, we will cover the central and sheung wan districts where east meets west—modern skyscrapers vie with traditional culture. Having grown up in the age of empire, british policy-makers genuinely believed that hong kong would eventually enjoy greater prosperity and democratic freedom by remaining a british colony, rather.