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Emperor Huaizong of Song, the last Song Dynasty emperor, was enthroned at Mui Wo on Lantau Island on at the age of eight.This event is commemorated by the Sung Wong Toi in Kowloon.After his defeat at the Battle of Yamen on 19 March 1279, the child emperor committed suicide by drowning with his officials at Mount Ya (modern Yamen Town in Guangdong).

From the middle of the Tang dynasty until the Ming dynasty, Hong Kong was governed by Dongguan County.

In 1276, during the Mongol invasion, the Southern Song dynasty court moved to Fujian, then to Lantau Island and later to today's Kowloon City.

British reports on Hong Kong described the Tanka and Hoklo living in Hong Kong "since time unknown".

When the union flag was raised over Possession Point on 26 January 1841, the population of Hong Kong island was about 7,450, mostly Tanka fishermen and Hakka charcoal burners living in a number of coastal villages.

The Tuen Mun region in what is now Hong Kong's New Territories served as a port, naval base, salt production centre and later as a base for the exploitation of pearls.

Lantau Island was also a salt production centre, where riots by salt smugglers against the government broke out.

The latest findings dating from the Paleolithic suggest that Wong Tei Tung (黃地峒) is one of the most ancient settlements in Hong Kong.

The territory that now comprises Hong Kong was incorporated into China during the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), and the area was firmly consolidated under the ancient kingdom of Nanyue (203–111 BC).

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