Hong Kong's reunification with its motherland is
the most significant event the city has experienced over the past decade,
according to the results of an Election of the SAR's Top Ten Events in the Past
The battle against SARS epidemic and the territory's successful bid to get
the right to host the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games come
second and third respectively.
Co-organized by 13 local media organizations and supported by the SAR
government, the contest was one of the SAR's 10th anniversary celebration
programs. More than 100,000 local residents took part in the election by casting
their votes between April 29 and May 25.
Commenting on the outcome of the election, the organizing committee said the
voting pattern was an indication of what had left the deepest impression on the
people of Hong Kong, and the results reflected the territory's ups and downs
throughout the decade.
Although the reunification happened ten years ago, the memory is still fresh.
And it signified an end to more than a hundred years of humiliating history and
it certainly deserves the first place.
The SARS epidemic was ranked second as it left the most painful memory among
the local population who could never forget their struggle to revive the economy
and put their lives back to normal.
As for the third ranking, the right to host the Olympic equestrian events
demonstrates that Hong Kong people view the Beijing Olympics as a major event on
which, with the central government's support, they have high hopes.
The results of the contest will be published today in Wen Wei Po, China Daily
Hong Kong Edition, Sing Tao Daily, Sing Pao Daily News, Hong Kong Daily News,
Metro and AM730, all of which are co-organizers.
Prizes will be presented on June 27.
(HK Edition 06/06/2007 page6)