The history of Hong Kong, visualized

The ‘special status’ of this powerful global city is the result of two centuries of growth, turmoil, and change.

Hong Kong has been wracked by a recent series of protests in support of self-determination for its citizens. The 'special status' of the city is a result of its unusual political history.
Illustration by Adolfo Arranz, National Geographic

Home to over seven million people, Hong Kong teems with life. For weeks, it has also roiled with pro-democracy protests as millions take to the streets to demand political self-determination and personal autonomy. They’re not the first: The history of Hong Kong is one of rapid growth, political turmoil, and continual demands for change. Here are 25 powerful moments from Hong Kong’s long history:

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the demands of the protesters.

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