As the 20th anniversary of the handover from the UK to China is marked, the Guardian talks to residents and officials about the shifts since 1997
Hong Kong is preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the territory from the UK to China. The moment will bring thousands on to the streets – some to celebrate and others to protest. Here the Guardian asks six Hong Kong residents about their memories of 1997 and their thoughts on the city’s future.
Hong Kong people have been forced to pay for a deceit.
Hong Kong is part of China and we are Chinese: this is a fact and never in dispute.
For all of Hong Kong’s faults, it’s still a more free place.
We seem to march towards unprecedented polarisation at every level of society.
Hong Kong people are survivors who stand up quickly after a fall.
China must keep its promises – but Hong Kong has to keep its side of the bargain as well.