Hong Kong, China – 8 August 2010
To understand Hong Kong, you must understand its history.
In the 19th century, this small island just off the coast of mainland China became a British colony (starting out as trading outpost), and remained so for a century until it was handed back to Chinese rule in the mid 1990s (as a modern city and a capital of Asian finance). Hong Kong therefore has a strong identity and link to Britain. At the same time, most of its citizens are of Chinese origin (especially from Cantonese region of southern China) which also gives it an unmistakable Chinese flavour. And though technically under the rule of mainland China, Hong Kong maintains independent self-government under a “one country/two systems” structure.
This unique identity is reflected in Hong Kong sport, and Why Sport Matters visited this tropical island to check it out.