Saturday, July 5, 2014
Sunset and Papers (This week's Photo Hiunt themes)
The two sunset photos at the top of my entry this week for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts were taken in locales located around 1,500 miles (i,e., approximately 1,414 kilometers) apart from each other. Not that long ago (including back when my parents were at school), however, Hong Kong and Penang were -- on paper at least -- part of the same realm: specifically, the British Empire.
These days, however, Hong Kong is part of China. Specifically, it's a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China -- with its specialness seen by such as Hong Kong still having a different currency from the rest of China, different official languages (Hong Kong's official languages include Cantonese and English along with Putonghua (aka Mandarin)), and a separate political system as a result of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle formulated by Deng Xiaopeng.
Also, to this day, there remains an official border between Hong Kong and Mainland China -- so that official travelling papers (passports for the majority of us) are required by people to pass from one territory to another, including from certain sections of the area in this blog entry's top most photo to others. (For the record: I took the photo while standing on Hong Kong soil and technically would have been breaking the law if I had stepped into the water just a few feet away!)