T-shirts like this one started to appear in mainland China early in 1992. By 1995, you could find them pretty much everywhere. They were outnumbered only by the 'Beijing 2000' T-shirts and merchandise.
Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese by the then governor, Chris Patten, at midnight on the night of 30 June/1 July 1997. So, did much change?
I have only ever spent a week in Hong Kong, in 1993, and prefer to listen to people I trust on the ground rather than to biased media and those with an agenda. As I've said before, there's a whole industry of people making a living out of presenting as bad an image as possible of China to the outside world. I would be more willing to trust someone who isn't being paid to promote a particular agenda.
I have a relative who had quite a high-powered job in Hong Kong at the time of the handover. Before the handover, he made preparations to return to the UK if necessary. He is still there now, and his job description and lifestyle have not changed.
I'm not an apologist for the Chinese government, and people I know personally in China have suffered abuses because of their religious or political convictions. Their stories are not mine to tell you.
But I live in a country where the government recently passed a law allowing an individual to be arrested and convicted for standing at the Cenotaph and reading out the names of soldiers who were killed in Iraq, where 50 police were sent in to disrupt one man's peaceful protest outside Parliament in the middle of the night, and where an 82-year-old party member can be forcibly ejected from the Labour party's annual conference for daring to disagree with the prime minister. So don't try to tell me the West is whiter than white - particularly after some of the disgraceful erosion of our civil liberties which has taken place under the current government.
If anyone who actually knows first hand can tell me what effect 10 years of Chinese rule have had in Hong Kong, particularly for the ordinary people in the street, I'd love to hear it.