In the 17th century the Manchus
ruled all China.
In 1685 China's main prosperous
exports were of its teas, silks and porcelain and
that was the main means of business in the area.
In the late 18th century the Chinese
would buy opium, which they imported from India. It
didn’t last long and the emperor ended the lucrative
practice. That is when expansion of economic trade
happened in the region,
The Anglo-Chinese War of 1839-42
(known as the Opium War) and China then gave Hong
Kong island to the British in 1841.
In 1997 Hong Kong was transferred
back to China. "One country, two systems."
Was promised by the Chinese government.
At one tiem Hong Kong was only gateway to trade with China. Now there are now many more ports of entry.
In 2004 the city suffered tremendous
loss from the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) in early 2003.
It is today quite a prosperous region. The population
of Hong Kong is phenomenal. Many
people love the area and would never leave. The tourism
industry does quite well as many visitors from all
over come to the area every year. There are plenty
of reasons to love the Hong Kong area and just to
name of few, the scenery is beautiful and the culture
of the area is fantastic.
Take in all you can as you visit this fabulous land
and be sure to learn as much about Hong Kong
as possible. Its people are as interesting
as its vast history. Talk with them and learn all
about there way of life. It is quite an experience
and we know you will love your stay in the city.