Hong Kong: Historical Overview                                 

35-39,000 years ago           

Archeological remains found indicating the first known human presence in HK


214 BC                                   

Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China, brings HK into imperial China for the first time



Portuguese explorer, Jorge Álvares, first European to set up a settlement in HK for trade



HK occupied by the British



Boundaries extended beyond Hong Kong island to include Kowloon Peninsula



Boundaries extended to include the New Territories



HK occupied by Japan



British resume control of HK          



HK becomes the “special administrative region” (SAR) of China. “In this agreement, China promised that, under its ‘one country, two systems’ formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.”