The region of hong kong has been inhabited since the old stone age later becoming part of the chinese empire with its loose incorporation into the qin dynasty 221 206 bc starting out as a farming fishing village and salt production site it became an important free port and eventually a major international financial centre the qing dynasty ceded hong kong to the british empire in 1842 . Hong kong special administrative region of china located to the east of the pearl river estuary on the south coast of china hong kong was a british possession for decades until it rejoined china in 1997 it is a vibrant cultural and financial center of chinese society. 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. 1941 japan occupies hong kong food shortages impel many residents to flee to mainland china the population drops from 16m in 1941 to 650000 by the end of the second world war. The last jewel in the crown of the british empire hong kong became a massive financial and trade centre between the 50s and 80s hong kong is now a special administrative region of china and
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