Hong Kong and Macau - Research Article from Governments of the World

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British Colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region

Hong Kong was made a Special Administrative Region within the People's Republic of China (PRC) on July 1, 1997, after being a British Crown Colony for some 156 years. Prior to British settlement Hong Kong Island was a haven for smugglers, fishermen, and those fleeing from or plotting against imperial rule. While British colonial rule gradually ameliorated the worst excesses of the local Chinese population, it did not temper their sense of adventure and desire for both wealth and freedom. In the early days of colonial rule, Hong Kong developed a reputation as a dynamic but unsavory place where the opium trade, organized crime, and unscrupulous entrepreneurs who paid little heed to ethics, law, and protocol thrived.

Throughout the twentieth century Hong Kong gradually established itself as a major port and a center for business and trade. From the 1970s, Hong Kong...

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