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CGTN published this video item, entitled “Live: Hong Kong and Dongguan, a tale of two cities with shared prosperity” – below is their description.
In 1839, Lin Zexu, a Qing-dynasty (1644-1911) official, launched the destruction of opium in south China’s Guangdong Province. This act triggered the onset of the Opium War, also known as the Sino-British War. Due to this war, Hong Kong was ceded to Britain until it returned to China in 1997. CGTN’s Zhao Yunfei visits the Naval Battle Museum, located in Dongguan City in Guangdong Province, to look back at this history, while fellow reporter Zhu Dan is in Hong Kong to cover the region’s development since its return to China and life in the Greater Bay Area. #TidesofChangeCGTN YouTube Channel
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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.