Hong Kong has become a bustling vibrant city and financial hub filled with skyscrapers .
But it hasn't always been like this. Photos taken between 1841 and 1843 show Hong Kong long before it became the metropolis it is today.
Black and white images show locals walking down some of the region's now busiest streets carrying goods to sell.
While another image shows Hong Kong's famous peak long before the skyscrapers were built and the area became a scenic spot.
The collection was compiled by British photographer Denis H. Hazell who took the photos. They are within an album which is set to be sold by Toovey's auction house in West Sussex.
According to Toovey's auction house, the photos were compiled into an album and were reproduced so that holidaymakers could buy them. Most people would not have been able to take their own photos and so by buying the album, they would have something to show friends back home.
The stunning images were taken around the time the British Queen and the Emperor of China signed the treaty of Nanking which ended the Opium War. On August 29, 1842, China handed Hong Kong island to Britain.
Not only has the landscape changed over time, but so has the population. A census taken in 1865 said that Hong Kong had a population of 125,504 people. Whereas now Hong Kong is home to over seven million.
The album will be sold on February 21 when it is estimated to fetch £700.
Then and now: Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour looked dramatically different during the 1800s compared to now. Both pictures were taken from Kowloon, looking over the harbour at the island. The buildings were incredibly low rise compared to today.��The British acquired Hong Kong Island following the end of the first Opium War in 1842.��Today Hong Kong island looks completely different.��The Peak, pictured behind the skyscrapers is a main tourist attraction where people get to see both Hong Kong island and Kowloon from above.
Rickshaws line Queens Road on Hong Kong Island which was the first road constructed by the British between 1841 and 1843. Sedan Chairs can also been seen on the road. During the British colonial rule, Queen's Road was a hive of activity. The first governors built their homes on Queen's Road and a post office and Christian church soon followed. Before the handover, there was a fear among locals that colonial street names would be changed but this was not the case.
In 1978, a fire broke out on Queen's Road destroying many of the buildings. Queens Road Central is one of the busiest streets on Hong Kong island and has some of the most expensive land and property in the region.
Rickshaw pullers wait for business at the quayside in Hong Kong. Thanks to its location, the region has thrived as a hub for trade. Hong Kong is among the world's busiest ports. Nowadays an average of 220,000 ships pass through the harbour each year. Container ships connect the city to over 500 destinations around the world. According to Nick Toovey from Toovey's auction house, it's a good time to buy into these collections: 'There is such a good market for this kind of thing because, due to their buoyant economy, so many things from that part of the world are being bought back.'
The photos taken by British photographer Denis H Hazell show Hong Kong during simpler times and long before the skyscrapers arrived. The black and white photographs date to the early 20th century and depict natives walking through packed low-rise streets such as this one in an undisclosed location in the region. Wing Lok Street has since changed with enclosed shops offering goods rather than markets.
The typhoon shelter at Aberdeen in the south of Hong Kong island is a floating city of Chinese junks. Aberdeen is one of the nine harbours in Hong Kong. During the typhoon season, it provides a parking spot for fishing vessels owned by local fishermen.
Nowadays Aberdeen typhoon shelter remains much the same but the surrounding area has become known for its seafood and is home to Jumbo Kingdom, one of the world's largest seafood restaurants.
Wyndham or Flower Street in Hong Kong island is a one way street and one of the earliest colonial streets in the city. It was formerly known as Pedder Hill after the first harbour master of Hong Kong who established the street as the centre of commerce during the early days of colonial Hong Kong. Then in the early 20th century it became known as Flower Street due to the fact that many street sellers sold flowers there.
Many of the shops on Wyndham Street have disappeared and been replaced by large shopping malls containing big chains.
TIMELINE: BRIEF HISTORY OF HONG KONG
Handover: The Chinese flag is raised on June 30, 1997
September 1839: The first Opium War starts
August 29, 1842: The British Queen and Emperor of China sign the treaty of Nanking bringing the end of the first Opium War and also the handover of Hong Kong Island to the British.
October 1860: Kowloon is ceded under the Convention of Peking, ending the second Opium War
July 1898: China leases New Territories (a mainland area beside Kowloon) for 99 years
March 1979: Hong Kong Governor Murray MacLehose raises the issue of Hong Kong with China's leader Deng Xiaoping. Deng says he will reassert sovereignty over the region after the lease is up in June 1997.
December 19, 1984: The Sino-British Joint Declaration is signed declaring the return of all of Hong Kong to China on June 30, 1997.
January 1996: Beijing forms 150 member Committee of the Hong Kong SAR to appoint a Selection Committee that will choose Hong Kong's future Chief Executive.
June 30, 1997: The British flag is lowered and the Hong Kong and Chinese flags raised to end 156 years of British rule.