Formerly a colony of the British Empire, after Qing China ceded Hong Kong Island at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842, Hong Kong is a specially administered territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China, and the fourth-most densely populated region in the world.
Originally a lightly populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the most significant financial centres and trade ports in the world. Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China.
As a special administrative region, Hong Kong’s system of government is separate from that in mainland China.
Photographer Keith Macgregor took these beautiful pictures that documented everyday life of Hong Kong in the 1970s. Take a look!