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HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- Hong Kong has weathered much in the past 10 years: the Asian financial crisis, SARS, growing pollution woes and continuing questions about democracy.
CNN is asking readers to weigh in on the Chinese city: how it met challenges since the 1997 British handover, and what challenges lie ahead. Below is a selection of their responses, some of which have been edited for length and clarity:
I think Hong Kong is getting actually better after so many years. After all, we are all Chinese and we share the same cultural roots and we can never change this fact. In Chinese we have a saying that "the crow is always black." In my eyes, all politician are the same, just like those crows.
My mother is from Hong Kong. After 10 years with Communist China, Hong Kong residents yearn for the good old days of Chris Patten, who loves our egg tarts.
Hong Kong in 10 years -- I feel it hasn't improved much. Hong Kong people can be lost in their way and their lives. For them, jobs and money are the most important things in their life, such as they want to work for money but not want to work for enjoy their life. Also, they can't see their future. It's really hard to find a job which I can show my skill, especially since I'm deaf. Lots of employers in Hong Kong worry about communication problems when I had interviews with them.
From an external perspective, we always wonder why people in Hong Kong accepted a non-democratic British colonial government, and then suddenly demanded democracy under the Chinese government. The current situation begs the question of whether the so-called pro-democracy movement is a result of foreign interference [which] does not wish to see a successful Hong Kong under Chinese rule.
Sure, there are problems under Chinese rule, but there were problems under British rule. And let's face it, Hong Kong is nothing without the support of mainland China, whether Hong Kong gets full democracy or not. And the leaders in Beijing have bent over backwards to accommodate Hong Kong already.
As a Hong Kong resident, born and raised locally, I am proud to call this my home. I have lived in and seen the likes of Hong Kong's rivals such as London, New York and perhaps recently, Singapore. But the people of this vibrant and rich cosmopolitan jungle will keep it buzzing and ahead of the pack for years to come.
Well, I think [after] 10 years [Hong Kong] is still going pretty good and smooth. Hong Kong has a much better background and sense of democracy, this special administrative region, it is surely special for the Chinese government. But will it be more free in taking control of the both politics and social affairs of Hong-Kong in the future ? We will see.
There are a few suggestions for my fellow residents in Hong Kong. I believe these suggestions will make Hong Kong a better place.
I love you Hong Kong. I really do.