Hong Kong residents wave Chinese national flags and regional flags of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Tsim Sha Tsui, southern China, October 1, 2021 (Xinhua / Zhang Jiayi)
Workers actively tilted the two-meter-high water barriers to release the liquid inside, and one by one, the giant white plastic containers were forked onto vans and removed from government headquarters of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on the heels. of Chinese National Day.
The water barriers, which had stood in front of the seat of government since 2019 to defend the complex against brick attacks and rioters throwing Molotov cocktails, were finally removed after two years, symbolizing Hong Kong’s return from chaos to normality.
Water barriers in other places, including the Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong SAR, which had been the target of rioters during social unrest in 2019, have also been removed.
Chinese national flags and regional flags of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are seen in the Central District of Hong Kong, southern China on October 1, 2021. (Xinhua / Wu Xiaochu)
On this year’s National Day, Hong Kong residents have organized various activities to happily celebrate the holiday. Five-star red flags dazzled the city of over 7 million people, and classic patriotic songs such as Me and My Homeland echoed through the air, a stark contrast to scenes from the same day two years ago.
Lee Tung Street, known as Wedding Card Street to locals and located a few blocks from the Hong Kong SAR government offices, has seen an influx of visitors to take photos of over 100 national flags. red and Hong Kong SAR flags hung above.
In Mong Kok, Kowloon, a local civil society organization counter – The Storm of Hong Kong distributed 5,000 small national flags to enthusiastic passers-by in less than half an hour.
“Our country effectively contained the COVID-19 epidemic. At the Tokyo Olympics, the Hong Kong national team and the Hong Kong team performed well,” said Tsui Tin-man, president of the organization. . “Hong Kong will have a bright future as long as the country is strong.”
Hong Kong residents wave Chinese national flags and regional flags of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on a tourist bus in Hong Kong, southern China, October 1, 2021 (Xinhua / Lo Ping Fai)
A freshman at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who was devastated by the 2019 riots, asked her roommate to take a picture of her with the high-flying five-star red flag after a flag-raising ceremony attended by over 700 teachers. and the students took place on campus in serenity.
“I can feel everyone’s strong bond with the country. We are proud of the development of our country,” she told a reporter from Xinhua.
Hong Kong SAR chief executive Carrie Lam said this year’s National Day is of special significance to Hong Kong.
SAR is truly on track to “one country, two systems” under the dual guarantees of the Hong Kong National Security Act and the improved electoral system, she said at a reception celebrating the 72nd. anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Republic of China.
Hong Kong is now in the best position since returning to the motherland to take advantage of its unique advantages under “one country, two systems” as it seeks to integrate into national development and create a bright future for itself, said Lam.
As Hong Kong has turned a new leaf, the central government and the government of the Hong Kong SAR are redoubling their efforts to remove obstacles to Hong Kong’s development by addressing deep-rooted issues.
Hong Kong residents wave Chinese national flags in Tsim Sha Tsui, southern China, October 1, 2021 (Xinhua / Zhang Jiayi)
Luo Huining, Liaison Office Director of the Central People’s Government of Hong Kong SAR, visited fishermen, young entrepreneurs, community residents, street shops and residents of bed apartments ahead of the party national. He expressed the central government’s concern for grassroots livelihoods in Hong Kong and listened to their opinions and suggestions.
Luo said the central government attaches great importance to Hong Kong’s economy and people’s livelihoods, noting that 21 policies have been introduced recently to benefit the people of Hong Kong in different industries.
“The fundamental aim is to enable ordinary people to live better lives. Only when the life of the general public is better and the sense of happiness is strong, can Hong Kong develop well,” said Luo.
Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao, one of the oldest Chinese-language newspapers, said in a commentary that more and more Hong Kong people are recognizing their Chinese identity and the country is Hong Kong’s most fervent supporter.
“A more festive national holiday than before reflects a better Hong Kong,” the newspaper said.