How 156 years of British rule shaped Hong Kong

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Hong Kong has British DNA.
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    Even though Britain gave Hong Kong back to China 21 years ago, today when you walk around the city you can see British fingerprints everywhere. From statues of Queen Victoria to double decker buses, British culture and lifestyle is baked into the culture at every turn.

    Both the history and the current-day British influence are visually fascinating stories and in this episode I show it all -- exploring Britain’s imperial history, which includes opioid trade, discrimination and a divided city, and then showing the effects of that history, resulting in a city that is unlike any I’ve visited.

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  • Swagger
    Swagger  21 hours ago

    Can anyone name the ending tune?

  • Cheuk Man Callum TSOI

    I am from HK

  • JustDanceMann
    JustDanceMann  2 days ago

    They should've kept us forever

  • MrWalker1000
    MrWalker1000  2 days ago

    do people in Hong Kong hate British people as a result of this colonization?

  • Aegon Targaryen
    Aegon Targaryen  3 days ago

    Imagine British ruled over the philippines for 300 years instead of spaniards.

  • ZAH Mika
    ZAH Mika  3 days ago

    Try to notice the people behind. See the differences, at HK & Mainland.

  • Sadie Wong
    Sadie Wong  3 days ago

    Stand with hk 💕

  • Michael H
    Michael H  4 days ago +1

    Imagine being so addicted to tea that you'd sell opium for it.

  • Oanh Oanh
    Oanh Oanh  5 days ago

    HK can regain their system "1 country 2 system", but I think from now on they succeed or not they will be more controlled and effected by mainland China. The fact that they are not an independent country and must be under control of China is true.

  • Michael Velasquez

    “I’m in China” No you are not and that is the biggest misconception about Hong Kong.

  • Goldenblitzer
    Goldenblitzer  5 days ago

    I think you’ll find that they only made opium illegal once they found that it was being imported. And there were multiple, so maybe do some fact checking before you put out.

  • Xi Chen
    Xi Chen  5 days ago

    As a Chinese, I am feeling so sad and heartbreaking to watch such kind of colonization and "foreign DNA integration " history again in a video. Any strong country could just conquer another one and change their nature and culture in this way...

  • Jacob Saint
    Jacob Saint  5 days ago

    The UK didn't want to lose Hong Kong. But the P.R. of China was insistant on the treaty saying "99 years."

  • Milo W
    Milo W  5 days ago

    What is the name of the song that starts at 8:03 and continues through the handover ceremony section of the video?

  • FR K
    FR K  5 days ago

    200 years of British rule didn't shaped South Asia. Lol.

  • Q4869
    Q4869  6 days ago +3

    "Prince Edward"... so sad for what happened there.

  • Chad Porter
    Chad Porter  6 days ago

    Okay Britain kinda stole Hong Kong, but made it better. Why not give a British area to China, and agree to keep Hong Kong forever? That sounds fair.

  • bristoled93
    bristoled93  7 days ago

    Well the Chinese got us addicted to tea so whats wrong with giving them Opium.

    KINGatLIFE  7 days ago +2

    Don't blame Britain, they just saw a place and thought... hmmm... that could do with some much needed civilisation.

  • Ms Majesty
    Ms Majesty  7 days ago

    3:39 'the reason the sun never sets on the British Empire, is because God does not trust the English in the dark.'