How 156 years of British rule shaped Hong Kong

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Hong Kong has British DNA.
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    Even though Britain gave Hong Kong back to China 21 years ago, today when you walk around the city you can see British fingerprints everywhere. From statues of Queen Victoria to double decker buses, British culture and lifestyle is baked into the culture at every turn.

    Both the history and the current-day British influence are visually fascinating stories and in this episode I show it all -- exploring Britain’s imperial history, which includes opioid trade, discrimination and a divided city, and then showing the effects of that history, resulting in a city that is unlike any I’ve visited.

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  • Salokin

     (Jul 18, 2018)

    Honestly, Borders is the absolute best of Vox

  • Alexandra Gheorghita

     (4 days ago)

    Really cool HLD profile pic!

  • D M

     (Jan 6, 2019)

    peternews they ain’t no monkeys, they are British’s well trained dogs!

  • Janice Eadie

     (Jul 27, 2018)

    I went to Hong Kong and loved it so much💙..I was surprised how much some streets reminded me of England and lots of stores I figured would only be in the UK were there...just me being ignorant I guess...but definitely a fascinating place to visit and the best skyline I have ever seen!! you almost feel like a little ant there -the skyscrapers are insane. I just feel so bad for people living in coffin homes there though 😢

  • Viken Lau

     (20 hours ago)

    +Love Jesus You mix prc and china, Like uk and the Britain. People will think that you are insane.

  • Viken Lau

     (21 hours ago)

    ​+Love Jesus stop your bullshit, you are insulting historical significance.what do you know about "politics" and what is "history"? china’s interpretation in history is a culturechina’s political interpretation is a nationalchina's geographical interpretation is a regionin china≠PRCin PRC≠CCP (Macao&HKSAR not CCP )history deserves people to reflect, but it is by no means a rebellion.PRC is country , CHINA is national, national always on this earth

  • w23857980

     (Sep 9, 2018)

    "99 years as good as forever" The Brits didn't think China would become a superpower again in 99 years.

  • Adam lee cocker

     (11 hours ago)

    China was still pisspoor when Britain began negotiating to give honk kong back

  • S B

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    Ryan lex A nation with a caste system? Go rape your cousin, lol

  • Sage Maneja

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    British history is comically evil sometime, imagine a modern superpower literally waging war in order to keep selling drugs.

  • Old Monty

     (Jan 9, 2019)

    You mean like America? Just kidding

  • Sidma

     (Jan 2, 2019)

    And this was all because they wanted to buy tea of all things, lol.

  • 燕山

     (Dec 17, 2018)

    We want tea 🌿🌿But we lack of tea 🌿🌿We trade tea with silvers🍽Soon we lack of silvers🍽We trade silvers with piles of opiumThey addicted and we are happy😆😆But China seems angry 😠We start the war And end with a contract of colonising Hong Kong for 99 yearsWe get tea supply for 99 yearsYippee yeahh😆😆

  • Software Man

     (Jul 18, 2018)

    Glad you uploaded. I was bored in the bathroom

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  • 呉 呉

     (1 hour ago)

    愛子 支那是中华民国

  • FireAdrix

     (16 hours ago)

    I think they are being rude at each other

  • 啊K

     (Nov 29, 2018)

    06:10 英文字幕省略精华了.视频最后评论导向果然不出所料,虚伪的英国人(british)。当初如何在北美屠杀印第安人(native american)的,如何强占印第安人土地。希特勒对犹太人的种族清洗(genocide)相较于英国人对印第安人根本不值一提。把上千万的印第安人屠杀(massacre)到只有小几十万的保护动物,真厉害(dirty)。

  • ИГОРЬ igor Vyacheslav the russian multilingual

     (Oct 20, 2018)

    i am from russia but british colonizers are the best if we compare them to french, spanish, and portugueses colonizers. countries colonized by britain are economicly the strongest from africa to asia. People complain about them looting but they build and set laws, to name but a few. i think thery are the best thing that has happen to this world if it wasn't for them there wouldn't be sports, some scientific discovery, the best music etc... our ancestors was lazy while there was active so let's be hones...

  • lee ma

     (4 days ago)

    Replay Button Merchant but loot happened a lot and that's why there are so many historical relics auctioned in Britain and rest of Europe

  • Replay Button Merchant

     (4 days ago)

    In the Opium War, The British Generals Forbade Looting and if you did loot you die


     (Jul 27, 2018)

    I'm glad the British🇬🇧 empire collapsed.

  • Triggered Autist

     (2 days ago)

    Idiot +Moni lit

  • 孟昊

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    +Old Monty however, CCP has considered as a capitalism party by US.