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Hong Kong 2007
In early 2007, I returned to visit my home city of Hong Kong, now the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, for the first time after being away for more than a decade. I soon came to know that the SAR has changed in many ways as I experienced the life here, talked to the people and explored with a mix of feelings some places in the city where I was born and brought up.
It has almost been ten years now since the sovereignty Hong Kong was returned to China after the British rule for more than 100 years. Though the British regarded Hong Kong as a colony, China had always considered it as a "British-occupied territory" after the Opium War. Hong Kong has since developed into one the world's most affluent cities.
After China reclaimed Hong Kong's sovereignty in 1997 Hong Kong continues to prosper and maintain its status as one of the world's key commercial and financial centres though not without its problems. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule (1 July 2007), China is sending the SAR a pair of lovely giant pandas as gifts but many Hongkongers would rather like to have universal suffrage in election by 2012 as promised by the Basic Law. The following eclectic collection of photos I took recently tell stories of some changes in an exciting place once known as the Pearl of the Orient.
The following images captured by my small digital camera provide a glimpse into the SAR in spring of 2007.
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