How 156 years of British rule shaped Hong Kong

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Hong Kong has British DNA.Follow Johnny on Instagram: the Vox Borders watch page: up for the Vox Borders newsletter: to our channel! 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.Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Salokin

     1 years ago

    Honestly, Borders is the absolute best of Vox

  • Julian Ivanov

     11 days ago

    Russian Roulette is my jam

  • SirLGM

     2 months ago

    now the Hong Kong residents have about 38 years to enjoy their uniqueness before it disappears.

  • liwei jiang


    We are enjoying the freedom which they don not have before 1997....

  • Joseph Longo

     2 days ago

    Those 38 years went by really fast

  • Kadal Ijo

     1 months ago

    The British guy who agreed and said 99 years is forever must be high from opium flavored tea.

  • Soonly Taing

     9 days ago

    Anggong FX He should’ve asked fo 4ever

  • Peter

     3 months ago

    Only Britain would go to war over a cup of tea xD

  • R L

     2 days ago

    @GottJäger financed? They financed each other...with whatever it was considered valuable at the time.

  • David Lee

     15 days ago

    Nothing more of any interest in life than to seek excitement that could be gotten only from war. Thrill seeker US had found it in wars like addicts.

  • Michael Freeze

     5 months ago

    Do a video on Hawaii and how the Americans invaded it and made it a state of the USA when a lot of the native Hawaiians aren't happy about the invasion.

  • IKNFLY666

     12 months ago

    The Opium War was the first War on Drug in human history, and the British government was the biggest drug smuggler in human history.

  • Tyrax _

     2 days ago

    Great Britain cartel

  • Šviesa

     3 months ago

    Why does so much of Britain's colonisation revolve around tea... from India to Hong Kong to the Tea Party in America...

  • Aiman Safwan

     17 days ago

    Except malaysia and singapore

  • Cheesecake Snuggles

     22 days ago

    It makes lots of money, n high class Europeans like to drink it

  • 燕山

     7 months ago

    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😆😆

  • Mr. Music Man

     14 days ago

    @Ug0tmi1k Except there hasn't been a more successful yet less violent empire ever to be seen on earth before. Rome conquered the vast majority of the known world and ruthlessly killed and and enslaved the men and took the women as "wives". China itself, has a violent history of war, enslavement, and racism. Are we just to forget that the greatest and most violent conquest this world has ever seen was that of genghis khan when he established china?We could also talk about anchient Mesopota...

  • RX_CR21

     5 months ago

    *and that’s the tea*

  • Unpopular Pinion

     26 days ago


  • Alex C

     1 months ago

    opium, you destroy everyone

  • Pearlie Grace

     3 months ago

    tbh as a cantonese living in hk, i think many of us are still feeling the effects of british rule. and many of us are still trying to find hong kongs identity, whether it should return to china, whether it should go back to british rule, wherher it should go independent. in many ways the british really did do hong kong a lot of good. it westernized us, many of us know english and are educated. but sadly hong kong is more divided than ever since we returned back to china

  • Dhdjdj Sidjdj

     5 days ago

    Toby Wong just leave our territory. It is not for western’s pet!