Hong Kong: 15 years later
2012-07-01 08:26:40 GMT2012-07-01 16:26:40(Beijing Time)
A lone sampan floats by barges inside a typhoon shelter in Victoria harbor June 22, 1997 as a low mist covers the skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops sit in rows as they listen to speeches in the south China economic boom town of Shenzhen, June 30, 1997, during a farewell ceremony before crossing the border into Hong Kong July 1.
A general view of the handover ceremony showing the Chinese flag (L) flying after the Union flag (R) was lowered July 1, 1997.
A mourner wearing a mask to ward off SARS hides under an umbrella during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man in Hong Kong May 22, 2003.
Participants compete during a dragon boat race at Hong Kong's Aberdeen fishing port to celebrate the Tuen Ng or dragon boat festival in Hong Kong June 11, 2005.
People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison soldiers rehearse a flag-raising ceremony at Hong Kong's Happy Valley race track June 25, 2007 as part of the preparations for the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China.
A wax figure of Deng Xiaoping, the late Chinese leader, is exhibited at a shopping mall in Hong Kong June 28, 2007.
A look at the last 15 years since Hong Kong's handover back to China.