|1841||Preliminary cession of Hong Kong Island to the UK (Lord Palmerston remarked that Hong Kong was a barren rock with hardly a house upon it).|
|1842||Cession of Hong Kong Island - founded as a Crown Colony.|
|1860||Cession of Kowloon.|
|1898||Lease of the New Territories including Lantau and outlying islands.|
|1984||UK agrees to return the New Territories / Kowloon / Hong Kong when the lease term expires.|
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The steeping of tea leaves, in hot water, as a drink, originated in China, circa 2700BC.
In Cantonese, tea is "chá", hence the English "a cup of char".
In the early 19th century the British East India Company cultivated tea in India.
Having been a British colony for more than 100 years Hong Kong has many colonial buildings.
Colonial buildings, in the Central District, are within walking distance of each other.
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Yeung Hau Temple was probably built in 1699 or earlier and is one of the oldest temples in Tai O.
Tung Chung Fort, called the Tung Chung Battalion in the Qing Dynasty, was a naval headquarters.
The carved granite slab, above the entrance, gives 1832 as the Fort date.
The Jardines Noonday Gun is located on the first plot of land to be sold by public auction in Hong Kong (1841).
The Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens were opened to the public in 1864.