Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher meet in Beijing during the talks leading up to the Joint Declaration.
In this episode we will conclude our History of Hong Kong overview. We’ll look at the years following the 1967 riots and the reforms championed by Governor Murray MacLehose in the 1970’s and 80’s. We’ll close out this series by looking at the dramatic lead up to and the signing of the Joint Declaration, the Basic Law and the handover on July 1, 1997.
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE
Sha Tin 沙田 Sha Tin in the New Territories
Tuen Mun 屯门 Tuen Mun in the western New Territories
Tai Po 大埔 Tai Po in the New Territories
Huang Hua 黄华 China’s Foreign Minister during the opening up years
Sheung Shui 上水 Sheung Shui in the north New Territories
Fanling 粉岭 Fanling in the north New Territories
Dixia Tielu Gongsi 地下铁路公司 The MTRC, Mass Transit Railway Corp. One of the ultimate subways and railroads
Shek Kip Mei 石硖尾 Shek Kip Mei, site of the Christmas fire in 1953, located in northern Kowloon
Kwun Tong 官塘 District in east Kowloon, for many years the last stop on the green line.
Lianzheng Gongshu 廉政公署 The ICAC, Independant Commission Against Corruption
Y.K. Pao 包玉刚 Ningbo’s pride! Entrepreneur who escaped chaos in China. Became the greatest shipping tycoon of his age. Played behind the scenes role during the handover period.
Li Ka-shing 李嘉诚 HK’s greatest success story and Chaozhou’s pride!
Tang Shiu-kin 邓肇坚 Grandfather of David Tang. Entrepreneur from the early days and noted philanthropist.
Shouson Chow 周壽臣 Legendary businessman and early bridge between the west and China. Shouson Hill in HK named after him.
Zhaoshangju Jituan 招商局集团 China Merchants Group.
Zhao Ziyang 赵紫阳 Former Party Secretary and Premier and controversial historic person since May 19, 1989.
Li Xiannian 李先念 One of the eight immortals. Military and political great. One of the good ones!
Ji Pengfei 姬鹏飞 Head of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Played major role leading to the handover.
Xu Jiatun 许家屯 Former Director of Xinhua in HK during the leadup to the handover. Succeeded by the unforgettable Zhou Nan.
Li Zhuming 李柱铭 Martin Lee, HK’s most famous liberal and promoter of democracy。 Also a lawyer of well repute.
Yiguo liangzhi 一国两制 One Country Two Systems
Lu Ping 鲁平 Succeeded Ji Pengfei as head of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
Tung Chee Wha 董建华 HK’s first Chief Executive and former OOCL boss.
Gongxi Facai 恭喜发财 In Cantonese: Kung Hey Fat Choy. Traditional NY greeting in HK.
Gonghe Xinxi 恭贺新禧 Another traditional New Year Greeting in China
Wanshi Ruyi 万事如意 Another lucky saying basically saying may you have good fortune in everything.