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Popular songs began to focus on the territory as home.
The guiding principle is "one country, two systems," meaning that the territory can keep its distinctive lifestyle and economic system for fifty years, by which time Hong Kong and China are expected to be more alike.
None of the place names with colonial connotations have been changed, though the word "royal" has been dropped from names.
Textbooks have stopped referring to China as a foreign country, and the flag of the "Republic of China" (Taiwan) can no longer be flown in public. Hong Kong sees itself as a modern city and is proud of its state-of-the-art airport and subway system.
Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China Population: 7,112,688 (2014 est.) Ethnic Make-up: Chinese 95%, other 5% Religions: eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10% English and Chinese are Hong Kong's two official languages.
The Cantonese dialect is the most commonly spoken language in the territory, though English is the language of the business and service industries; hotel employees, many urban Hong Kong residents, most young people and shop and service personnel understand and speak it to some degree. such as Mandarin (Putonghua), Shanghainese, and Chiu-Chow can be heard as well.