A 1997 Commemorative Flag Of Hong Kong

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A 1997 Commemorative Flag Of Hong Kong

This commemorative Flag of Hong Kong was given to my mother at the official hand-over of Hong Kong by The Prince Of Wales to the Chinese Mainland Government in 1997. She was one of a few priveleged guests invited to attend the rain-soaked hand-over ceremony of this small and vibrant archipelago to the Mainland Chinese in 1997. This brought to an end one hundred years of British colonial rule in this part of South-East Asia, a period that has seen the development (some would say over-development) of this once "Barren Rock" into an thriving and bustling economic hub in the region. As part of the "Brain Drain" that left Hong Kong in the build-up to the hand-over of British rule, I watched the ceremony inbetween treating patients at a busy central-London hospital. It was a poignant and eerie moment as the members of the Chinese Red Guard goose-stepped into the hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre to accept the formal concession of Chris Patten and HRH Prince Charles. To me it signalled an end to an era of Colonial rule, and having visited the territory again since, I am saddenned as to how much it has descended into an even more polluted, capitalistic and agressive society.

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