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Street Party - Hong Kong Style

It's been over 10 years since the ex-British colony reunified with China. How does she celebrate this historical event? Take a look!

Once upon a time in the Victorian era, the British forced Indian peasants to grow opium poppies and then smuggled the illicit drug to Canton in South China. This led to two Opium Wars between Britain and the Qing Dynasty China in the 19th century and Hong Kong was ceded to the British Empire as a result.

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Over time, free drug trade morphed into all sorts of free trading between the far East and the West, and Hong Kong developed from a small fishing village into one of the most prosperous Cosmopolitan in the world. In 1997, the British handed over Hong Kong back to China and at the same time awakened the aspirations of her people for freedom and democracy.

Communist China does not like that.

Photo by ihave2pillows

Although universal suffrage is guaranteed by the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution, the Hong Kong government played puppet to the strings of Beijing and almost 20 years on, the people of Hong Kong still cannot elect their own Chief Executive.

So every year on July 1st, the people of Hong Kong celebrate her reunification with China by taking it to the street demanding Voting Rights, rain or shine. Or typhoon.

To Universal Suffrage, Democracy and Freedom!

Photo by ihave2pillows

written by ihave2pillows

4 comments

  1. avola

    avola

    keep on those great series, either blog or albums, great!

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  2. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    @avola Thank you so much for the encouragement :-)

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  3. holgardo

    holgardo

    The first and the third pictures are amazing

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  4. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    @holgardo Thank you! That was the first time I felt it was worth buying the Horizon :)

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