Geographically, Hong Kong consists of three large regions; a region that is attached to China (New territories and Kowloon), Hong Kong Island and Lantau (see figure ???). The soil is fertile, and due to its abundance of sea, the habitants of Hong Kong have always been able to richly harvest fish (Roberts, Ling, & Bradshaw, 1992). However, the West has valued Hong Kong for something else; its unique geographical location. Situated at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong has been interesting ever since the West discovered China’s products. Throughout history, the Pearl River Delta has been the gateway for trade with the Western world, since there is very little east of China except for Japan which was unwilling to trade for many decades. So, when the West, and especially Britain, discovered Chinese tea, silk and chinaware, their ships would set course for the Pearl River. However, China enforced strict policies regarding trade, which complicated matters for the western merchants. After the Opium War (which was discussed more in-depth in section 2.2.1) Britain finally achieved its objectives; they could establish free trade ports and abolished many trade restrictions. Moreover, they colonized Hong Kong, making it an imperial outpost for economic exchanges (Roberts, Ling, & Bradshaw, 1992).
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