Public protests in Hong Kong date back to British colonial rule and have evolved from the bloody riots of the 1960s into the recent … (Reuters) - 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 sovereignty on July 1, 1997. By Marcelo Duhalde AND Han Huang. History of Hong Kong protests: riots, rallies and brollies. Public protests in Hong Kong date back to British colonial rule and have evolved from the bloody riots of the 1960s into the recent protests of up to two million people marching. The territory of Hong Kong is comprised of two main islands (Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island) and a mainland hinterland. Hong Kong first came under Chinese rule during the Qin Dynasty in the third century B.C., and it remained a part of the Chinese Empire for about 2,000 years. Hong Kong ceded to the British During the First Opium War, China cedes the island of Hong Kong to the British with the signing of the Chuenpi … It was in 1842 under British Queen Victoria's expansionist rule that Hong Kong became known as British Hong Kong. Catherine R. Schenk, University of Glasgow. History In the very long scale of history, Hong Kong as we know it today has existed for a mere blink of an eye. It remained part of various Chinese dynasties for the next 2,000 years. 1842 - China cedes Hong Kong island to Britain after the First Opium War. In this case, people need to take a more objective view of history. Hong Kong has never experienced a fully democratic government but that has not stopped people trying to make themselves heard. July 4, 2019. British rule in Hong Kong was not a utopia to be glorified and looked back upon. Hong Kong Island became a remote part of the Chinese Empire during the rule of the first Ts’in/Qin emperors. 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 first incorporated into China in 243 BCE, during the Warring States period and as the Qin state was beginning to grow in power. Hong Kong’s rich history, with its interesting tales of marauding pirates, powerful clans and European traders, has helped carve out its future as Asia’s world city. Hong Kong developed rapidly under UK rule, becoming one of the world's major financial and business centres. AP Photo/Vincent Yu. c.1235-1279. Economic History of Hong Kong. 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 … Over the decades, thousands of Chinese migrants fleeing domestic upheavals settle in the colony. It remained almost constantly under Chinese control for the next 2,000 years. It was the end of an era: In July 1997, as the flag of the United Kingdom was lowered over Hong Kong, the prosperous colony was returned to China after over 150 years of British rule. Hong Kong’s economic and political history has been primarily determined by its geographical location.