Currency Bill –
Country of Origin: Hong Kong (now China)
Amount: 20 Hong Kong Dollars
A Little History of Hong Kong….
Hong Kong is a very small territory located towards the southeast of China. This small territory consists of approximately 7 million people. Hong Kong became a British colony after the Opium War. It remained as a British colony for a hundred years before it was returned back to China. Hong Kong was officially transferred back to China on July 1, 1997 which is the date of when this currency was issued. Although Hong Kong is currently recognized under the control of China, it still maintains independence for their political and economic system also known as “one country, two systems.” China’s main language is Mandarin; however, if you plan to visit Hong Kong, it is best to learn Cantonese because the majority of the population speaks Cantonese. Still influenced by British control, many Hong Kong people are able to speak English fluently. Hong Kong’s economy and development has been one of the top in Asia. It would be interesting to look into more details about how and why Hong Kong became a British Colony and what changes did it experience after its transfer back to China.