The Chinese flag is raised by People's Liberation Army soldiers to signal Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty after 156 years of British rule, in Hong Kong, July 1, 1997.
A small investor watches share prices inside a bank in Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 1998. Hong Kong surprised markets with a $15 billion intervention in August 2008, saving the city in the crisis.
A mourner wears a mask to ward off the SARS virus while attending a funeral in Hong Kong, May 22, 2003. Hong Kong was the hardest hit by the flulike SARS virus when the WHO declared a pandemic in March 2003. Tse Yuen-man, a 35-year-old doctor, received highest honors at her funeral.
Activists fight to save the Queen's Pier in Hong Kong's financial district, Aug. 1, 2007. The colonial-era pier became a civic battleground in 2007. The government wanted it removed for reclamation and roadworks, angering activists fighting to save a historic site.