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Hong Kong in Photos: 1997 to 2017

The territory has seen tumultuous times since July 1, 1997, with economic turmoil, outbreaks of disease and more recently, pro-democracy protests
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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