Hong Kong Basic Law

The Basic Law was drafted as part of the Sino-British Joint Declaration covering Hong Kong after its handover to China on July 1, 1997. The declaration stated Hong Kong would be governed under the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and continue to enjoy its capitalist system and individual freedoms for 50 years after the handover.

The high-speed rail service will slash train journey times to the mainland. Photo: Edward Wong

High-speed rail link is a new chapter in the city’s development

Never before has Hong Kong seen a more controversial infrastructure project than the cross-border high-speed railway. Over the past 10 years, it has overcome challenges one after another, the latest being the onslaught of the city’s strongest typhoon on record.