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This page will not cover the whole story of Hong Kong history but the major facts that happened in Hong Kong will be covered according to the date line.

700BC The Yueh tribes, seafaring aboriginals of Malay- Oceanic stock establish floating communities.
960-1500's Pirates roam the territory.
1514 Portuguese traders make their base at Tuen Mun
1841 January20 convention of Chuen Pee, by which Hong Kong Island is ceded in perpetuity to Britain by China.
1841  January26 Captain Charles elliot plants the British flag at possession point on Hong Kong Island.
1860 March26, The tip of Kowloon Peninsula and stonecutters Island are ceded to Britain
1888  The funicular railway up to the Peak is completed, cutting the journey from three hours to eight minutes.
1898 July 1, Under the second Treaty of Peking, the 588-square-kilometeres are known as New territories is leased to Britain for 99 years.
1910  The Kowloon railway to the border with China is completed.
1911 The overthrow of the Manchu Empire in China is sends a flood of refugees into Hong Kong
1938 Some 500.000 refugees from China flee to Hong Kong.
1941 December 8, The Japanese invade Hong Kong from Guanhzhou. The British surrender on Christmas Day.
1946 Governor Sir Mark Young resumes control after World War II.
1950 Mass influx of refugees following the fall of Shanghaito the Communists. Hong Kong textile industry grows from this immigration.
1967 A spin-off from cultural Revolution in China causes riots in Hong Kong.
1971 Typhoons rose brings 288millimeters of rain in one day and 105-knot winds.
1972 The cross- Harbour tunnel opens.
1978 Vietnamese refugees atart arriving at the rate of 600 a day.
1979 The Mass transit Railways opens ( MTR )
1982 Sino-British negotiations commence over the future of Hong Kong after June30, 1997, when the lease on the New Territories expires.
1984 December19, China and British sign an agreement on the future of Hong Kong after June30,1997
1989  The Eastern Harbour crossing, Hong Kong's second harbour tunnel, opens along with the new MTR links connecting Quarry Bay with Lam Tin.
1991  Hong Kong Park, the Hong Kong Science musuem and the museum of art open.
1997  July1, Hong Kong handed over to China. British rule over !
1997 Mr.Tung Chee Wah announced as the governor of Hong Kong
1998 In July The new airport was put in force & Kaitak was told "good bye"
1998 Hong Kong MTR made the "Airport express" trains.
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