Hong Kong, China
Hsiang Kang
A View from Victoria Peak

The former British crown colony of Hong Kong is actually a collection of territories. Hong Kong Island, in the foreground just over L's right shoulder, was ceded by China to the British in 1842 after the Opium War. Kowloon peninsula, just across the waterway, was ceded in 1860. And the New Territories, which adjoin the mainland and cannot be seen here, was leased from China in 1898 for 99 years. It is the relinquishment of that lease that triggered the return of all the British colony holdings to China a few years ago.

The above photo was taken on a hot hazy day from Victoria Peak looking to the northeast across downtown Hong Kong.

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