The departing Royal Yacht Britannia, carrying the Prince of Wales and former governor Chris Patten, leads Royal Navy vessels in a ceremonial “steam past” to the south of Hong Kong, on July 1, 1997. Pictures: Reuters; SCMP
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

In Hong Kong, farewells were once a drawn-out affair

Territory’s transient nature means its many temporary tenants long ago mastered the art of the farewell

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The departing Royal Yacht Britannia, carrying the Prince of Wales and former governor Chris Patten, leads Royal Navy vessels in a ceremonial “steam past” to the south of Hong Kong, on July 1, 1997. Pictures: Reuters; SCMP
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