It is really a sand spit, surrounded by water, which was made over to the foreigners after the Opium War.
Consult an English history or a cyclopædia and learn about the Opium War.
For instance, they drag in the miscalled Opium War and ring the changes upon it.
The Opium War in 1841 is not a thing to be remembered by England with pride.
It is dawning on us that religious persecution in 1492 is no more frightful than slavery in 1860 or an Opium War in 1843.
The famous Commissioner Lin, whose energetic proceedings gave rise to the Opium War, is dead.
Then word came from China that the "Opium War" would make it folly to attempt to enter the country.
The island was ceded by China to Great Britain in 1842, after the conclusion of the Opium War.
The "Opium War" between Great Britain and China continued during intervals separated by periods of negotiation.
It was legalized in 1858 after the second “Opium War” with Great Britain.