Caught on camera ... the final days of a colony's history

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The clock is ticking. A month from today, the world as six million people know it comes to an end. These Independent images give a glimpse of the Hong Kong that has become familiar in past years, and the Hong Kong that is yet to come.

On 30 June, the Union Jack will be folded for the last time. It should be a moment of happiness for Hong Kong. And yet, emotions are endlesslymixed. There will be dancing on the tables, but there will be an unsettled mood too, as Hong Kong comes under Peking's control. The time when Hong Kong Chinese were second-class citizens in their own country is already part of history. A month tonight, there will be both wistfulness and celebration, as the world changes irretrievably.