On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was returned from British rule to the People's Republic of China with the promise of adopting a“one country, two systems” plan. Fifteen years after the return, how has Hong Kong fared, and what priorities will the new chief executive set?

President Hu lays out hopes for Hong Kong's future

The grand occasion of the 15th anniversary of the hand-over of Hong Kong back to China and the swearing in of the city's first new leader in seven years is culminated by a three-day visit to Hong Kong by President Hu Jintao, and his speech yesterday.

Hu delivers speech at HK airport

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Celebration photos

Chief executives from 1997

Leung Chun-ying, newly-elected chief executive
Leung Chun-ying, newly-elected chief executive

Term: From 2012 to 2017

 Donald Tsang, current chief executive
Donald Tsang, current chief executive

Terms: From 2005 to 2012

Tung Chee-hwa, first chief executive:
Tung Chee-hwa, first chief executive:

Terms: 1996 to 2005

Poll

Can you tell which celebrities are from or live in Hong Kong?

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Eric Tsang
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Leung sets out vision for HK

In mapping out his vision for Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying draws much of his inspiration from arguably the city's greatest rivals: London and New York.Details>>

Interview with first chief executive

Tung: Confident of Hong Kong's future

Tung: Confident of Hong Kong's future

Tung Chee-hwa, first chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said Hong Kong is blessed with good future for two key reasons- - the advantage of the "one country, two systems" principle and the nation's powerful support for Hong Kong.

Highlights of Hong Kong's achievements in 15 years

1997: The handover of sovereignty of Hong Kong
1997: The handover of sovereignty of Hong Kong

On July 1, 1997, the transfer of sovereignty from United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China occurred, officially ending 156 years of British colonial rule. The ceremony was attended by then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales and Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

1997-1998:Surviving the Asian financial crisis
1997-1998:Surviving the Asian financial crisis

The Asian financial crisis crept into Hong Kong in 1997. The city was soon preyed upon as an ATM machine by George Soros, a global financier. Property prices spiraled down by half and middle-class families panicked to find their assets turning into debts.

Hong Kongers did not fight alone. In March 1998, the former premier Zhu Rongji promised that the central government would protect Hong Kong from the financial crisis "at all costs" if needed. It was reported that Soros dropped his teacup upon hearing of Zhu's statement.

2003:Mainland supplies help HK's SARS fight
2003:Mainland supplies help HK's SARS fight

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory disease in humans. Between November 2002 and July 2003, an outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong nearly became a pandemic, with 8,422 cases and 916 deaths worldwide. Within weeks in early 2003, SARS spread from Hong Kong to infect individuals in 37 countries.

Medical supplies from the mainland not only addressed Hong Kong's need for material resources, but also encouraged its people to fight against SARS.

2005: Hong Kong Disneyland opens
2005: Hong Kong Disneyland opens

Hong Kong Disneyland, the U.S. Walt Disney Co.'s 11th theme park in the world and first in China, opened on September 12, 2005.

2008: Olympic equestrian events come to Hong Kong
2008: Olympic equestrian events come to Hong Kong

Equestrian competitions at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics were held from August 9 to August 21 at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and Sheung Yue River in Hong Kong.