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Handover of Hong Kong - Hong Kong remained a British colony for a century. On July 1, 1997, it returned within Chinese fold. The Handover, a great historic event, was celebrated by lakhs of Hong Kong citizens with unparalleled enthusiasm.
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Handover of Hong Kong ceremony
Hong Kong Handover Ceremony, in 1997, was the official transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China. The event, often referred to as 'The Handover', was held on the night of June 30, 1997 at the new wing of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai region of Hong Kong.

Sino-British Joint Declaration
The Sino-British Joint Declaration stipulates that Hong Kong will enjoy high degree of autonomy until at least 2047, fifty years after the transfer. The policy of 'one country, two systems' has been followed. China is responsible for the territory's defence and foreign relations. Hong Kong's local government would deal with the subjects like currency, customs, legal system, immigration laws, international sports teams and cultural delegation.

The Celebration
The hand over turned out to be the greatest celebration in the history of Hong Kong. The official ceremony was held in glass-encased extension to the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre. There were parties, fireworks, and road celebrations, that illuminated the entire island.

The Dignitaries
Dignitaries who attended the handover ceremony were:

» Chinese President Jiang Zemin
» Prime Minister Li Peng
» Hong Kong's new Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa
» Outgoing Governor Chris Patten
» British Prime Minister Tony Blair
» Prince Charles
» Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Colonial Rule
By the middle of 19th century, China lost the territory of Hongkong and Kowloon to Britain. In 1898, the Chinese government ceded to British demands, giving it hold of the New Territories on a 99 years lease, beggining in 1898 and ending in July 1,1997.