From trams to billboards to roadside banners, Hong Kong is awash in a sea of celebratory slogans heralding the upcoming Handover anniversary of the city’s return to China.
With the tagline “A new era – stability, prosperity and opportunity,” the city is toasting 25 years of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The milestone also marks the halfway point of the One Country, Two Systems framework under which Hong Kong has been governed since 1997.
Bright red banners reading “warmly welcome Chairperson Xi Jinping’s attendance at Hong Kong’s 25th anniversary celebration and inauguration of the sixth term SAR government” have also been hung around the city. The Chinese leader is expected to visit Hong Kong for the occasion.
Police have ramped up security outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, where the celebrations will be held, and the West Kowloon Station. The Chinese leader is rumoured to be taking the high speed rail via the station to travel to Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Chinese and Hong Kong flags have adorned the city from Wan Chai to Tsuen Wan, turning the displays into photography spots.
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