I can’t remember when I first heard that Great Britain would return Hong Kong to China at midnight on July 1, 1997, but it had to have been sometime in my early teens.
It was then that I decided I wanted to experience Hong Kong before it changed hands.
So it was no coincidence that I was in Hong Kong 16 years ago today on its last day as a British colony.
That day I mailed my paternal grandmother this letter. The post offices were packed with people wanting to mail letters with this historic date stamped on their envelopes.
Whether they looked forward to July 1 or feared the future, people in Hong Kong recognized the day as a historic moment, one that would in one way or another change their future.
Do you remember where you were on June 30, 1997?