With flag-raising ceremony attended by head government officials on one hand, and under the prompting roars of unite march protests on the other, today marks the 17th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the United Kingdom to China. At first, according to the Treaty of Nanjing, Beijing and the Convention of the Extension of HK Territory in 1842, 1860 and 1898 respectively, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon were ceded forever and the New Territories leased to Britain for 99 years. However, after negotiations in early 1980s between Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, it was decided that “the Question of Hong Kong” would be settled by the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” in 1984:
- Resumption of Hong Kong’s sovereignty by China on 1st July, 1997 – Here is the video of the 1997 handover ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_aPZGS3CH4
- Adoption of “One Country Two Systems” – Although China’s implementing Socialism, Hong Kong can still remain its original capitalist system and its way of life for 50 years unchanged after 1997 handover
- High autonomy for HK people, HK people ruling HK – Internal affairs such as economic and social development will be under the capacity of HK government
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“La Campanella”, also known as the third movement of “Violin Concerto No.2 in B minor, Op.7”, was composed by an Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini in 1826. In this energetic “Rondo a la clochette”, what stand out are probably its intriguing individualistic melody and special scratching sounds in between. What’s more, the unprecedented bell-like ranging sounds of solo and orchestral variations are vividly powering all their beauty, and fully interweaving the dynamic harmony and fast-paced rhythm into one another.
Though technically-demanding this complex piece of music requires, beyond doubt, this is the most captivating tune I have ever enjoyed with accompany of different instruments, and still lingering me with fresh springs of sheer delight. ♦
Hunger Games, a deadly fight in Capitol recorded by live TV once a year, could be synonymous to fame and fortune for only one winner, but bloody death for losers by fierce killings among the contestants. Barbarous though the game seemed, one boy and one girl ranging from 12 to 18 years old in each of the twelve district were required to participate in it annually. Stepping forward to replace younger sister Primrose’s seat, Katniss voluntarily joined the Hunger Games on behalf of District 12, along with a selected male representative named Peeta whom she owned a favour to.
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