Friday, April 17, 2009

A lovely cover from Hong Kong

G'day! Here is a beautiful cover from Hong Kong to share with you. The 2 stamps franked on the top right of this lovely cover are part of a set of 6 stamps issued by the Hong Kong postal administration in 1997, to commemorate the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, People's Republic of China. (Hong Kong's return to China)

The transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China, often referred to as the Handover, took place at midnight on 1 July 1997. The event marked the end of British rule, and the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong back to Chinese rule.

A night skyline of Hong Kong

Hong Kong's territory was acquired from three separate treaties: the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, the Treaty of Beijing in 1860, and The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory in 1898, which gave the United Kingdom the control of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories, respectively. Although Hong Kong Island and Kowloon had been ceded to the United Kingdom in perpetuity, the control on the New Territories was a 99-year lease. The finite nature of the 99-year lease did not hinder Hong Kong's development as the New Territories were combined as a part of Hong Kong. By 1997, it was impractical to separate the three territories and only return the New Territories. In addition, with the scarcity of land and natural resources in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the New Territories were being developed with large-scale infrastructures and other developments, with the break-even day lying well past 30 June 1997.

In 1984 the two countries signed the Sino-Bristish Joint Declaration, agreeing to transfer sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997, and stipulating that Hong Kong would be governed as a special administrative region, retaining its laws and a high degree of autonomy for at least fifty years after the transfer. (Wikipedia)

Lastly, we have a stamp from the "Year of Tiger" series, issued in 1998.

This cover took 3 days to travel an estimated distance of 2,588kms from Kowloon to Singapore.

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