Hong Kong Handover Ceremony 1997

Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Steven Chow performed in the lion dance at the handover ceremony.

Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Steven Chow performed in the lion dance at the handover ceremony.

Sorry about the quality, but this was originally in SLP/EP mode on VHS. Of the handover videos, unfortunately this part has the most jumps in the original material.

Governor's Speech at Farewell Ceremony of Hong Kong Handover 30 June 1997
by Christopher Patten

For Hong Kong as a whole, today is cause for celebration not sorrow. But here and there, perhaps there will be a touch of personal sadness as is true for any departure, a point to which I shall return.

History is not just a matter of dates. What makes history is what comes before and what comes after the dates that we all remember. The story of this great city is about the years before this night, and the years

Moments before midnight on July 1 1997, the Union Jack and the British colonial flag of Hong Kong was removed with the British empire's national anthem "God save the Queen" to mark the end of Britain's rule in Hong Kong and the Chinese flag was raised with the "The volunteer's March" to officially mark the start of Chinese rule in Hong Kong