Hong Kong
Where East meets West
Hong Kong History, History of Hong Kong

History in brief

Thanks to its excellent location around a naturally protected harbor near the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong was already inhabited in ancient times.  But, nevertheless, it did not develop into a significant city until the British colonised it.  As a matter of fact, most of the early settlements were nothing more than a few scattered villages that made their living from fishing, salt production and pearl diving.