Hong Kong Timeline

  • 1842

    Hong Kong becomes a British trading post after the First Opium War

  • 1898

    Britain leases the New Territories and over 200 islands from China for 99 years

  • 1984

    Great Britain and China sign a document that hands Hong Kong back to China in 1997

  • 1997

    Hong Kong is given back to China. The city is allowed a special status for the next 50 years

  • 2019

    Mass demonstrations take place. Millions of people fight for freedom of speech and free elections.