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Having established a settlement in a site they called "Tamão" in Hong Kong waters, Portuguese merchants began regularly trading in southern China.
However, subsequent military clashes between China and Portugal led to the expulsion of all Portuguese merchants in the 1520s.
After the Han dynasty conquered Nanyue in 111 BCE, Hong Kong was assigned to the Jiaozhi commandery.In 1839, the Daoguang Emperor, having rejected proposals to legalise and tax opium, tasked Imperial Commissioner Lin Zexu with eradicating the opium trade.Lin ordered the confiscation and destruction of all opium stockpiles in Canton and a general blockade of foreign trade.Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, after the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from Qing China at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842.Originally a lightly populated area of farming and fishing villages, With the exception of the Second World War, during which the colony was occupied by the Empire of Japan, Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China.Archaeological evidence indicates an increase of population and expansion of salt production.The Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb on the Kowloon Peninsula is believed to have been built as a burial site during the Han dynasty.Lantau Island was a salt production centre and smuggler riots occasionally broke out against the government.The first village school, Li Ying College, was established around 1075 CE in the modern-day New Territories by the Song dynasty.The town of Aberdeen was an initial point of contact between British sailors and local fishermen."Fragrance" may refer to the sweet taste of the harbour's fresh water influx from the Pearl River estuary or to the incense from factories lining the coast of northern Kowloon.