Before 1841, Hong Kong was little more than “a barren island with
hardly a house upon it”, a haunt for fishermen, smugglers and pirates.
Britain established her presence in 1842 when there was a fortune to be
made in the tea trade. British ships would stop at Hong Kong before making their
way up the Pearl River to the main Chinese port of Canton.
Hong Kong’s development has been inexorably tied to events on the
Chinese mainland. War, famine and political upheaval in China led to a series of
population explosions. The first came in Hong Kong’s early years as a British
colony. Unable to safely carry out their business in Canton, the hongs, the
original trading houses moved their headquarters to the security of Hong Kong.
The second wave of immigration came in 1949 with the Communist takeover in
China. This time, the newcomers were from Shanghai entrepreneurs, arriving with
complete factories. Their investment and their expertise boosted Hong Kong’s
mercantile capabilities. The last wave of immigrants was refugees from the
Cultural Revolution of the 1960s.
Manufacturing, banking and finance are Hong Kong’s prime sources of
income, and it is one of the world’s most important financial centers. The
busy harbor is still the heart of its activity.
Hong Kong became a part of China again in1997.
above tour package (minimum 2 persons) includes:
- SIC Round trip airport & hotel transfers
- 3-day American breakfast
- 3-night hotel accommodation at the hotel of your choice
half day SIC Hong Kong Island Tour
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