South China Morning Post photographers have raced to capture Hong Kong's defining moments in the years since the newspaper hit the streets. In this, the publication's centenary year, our researchers are trawling the archives to illustrate a forthcoming book celebrating 100 years of history as seen through the camera lens. Post Magazine provides a preview of some of the most spectacular images. OCTOBER 23, 1997: almost four months after the handover the Asian financial crisis hit Hong Kong when the stock market crashed, sending the Hang Seng Index below the key 10,000-point barrier before recovering slightly at the close of trading. Investors big and small watched their savings evaporate in a matter of hours. Tycoons were among the losers. Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Holdings lost $6 billion in six hours. Sun Hung Kai Properties' Kwok brothers waved goodbye to $7.6 billion. Panicking small-time investors crowded into banks to watch the falling stock prices, distress visible on their faces. Here one investor covers hers with a white plastic bag to avoid being identified while she checks the price of stocks at the China and South Sea Bank (now part of the Bank of China) in Lok Fu. Another jittery investor told reporters: 'I don't want to be pictured. I don't want my husband to know I've bought shares. I learned from other housewives how to do it. But now I don't know how much I will lose.'