• Occupied by the United Kingdom during the First Opium War in 1841, Hong Kong Island was formally ceded by China the following year under the Treaty of Nanking. Parts of the adjacent Kowloon Peninsula were ceded to Britain in 1860 by the Convention of Peking after the Second Opium War. Various adjacent lands, known as the New Territories were then leased to Britain for 99 years from July 1, 1898, the lease expiring on June 30, 1997.
  • Hong Kong never became part of the Republic of China. The Republic of China is Taiwan, and Hong Kong was returned to the People's Republic of China in 1997. It is currently a Special Administrative Region.
  • It was officially handed back to China in 1997. I went there after the handover and it was still as exciting and vibrant as it was before when I went. The Chinese are being careful to maintain some of the freedoms (some mind you!) that Hong Kong natives had become accustomed to under the British.
  • july 1st 1997
  • 10 years ago I was shocked by the anti-communism speeches in Hong Kong. 10 years later I was shocked by the anti-American speeches in Hong Kong. I think that old saying is right: The Hongkees only care about money ("whoever provide the milk is his mom")
  • The Republic of China is more commonly known as Taiwan. Hong Kong never became a part of it. However, Hong Kong became a part of the People's Republic of China in 1997, when the UK transferred sovereignty to Beijing.
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