In this picture taken on May 18, 2017, artist and designer Alice Lai, 39, who heads a small protest group called HK-UK Reunification Campaign, holds the British national flag on a main road in Hong Kong. Lai regularly flies Hong Kong's former colonial flag at political rallies and heads a small protest group called HK-UK Reunification Campaign. 'Hong Kong and the UK coexisted in a proven, well-functioning system for close to two centuries,' says Lai. 'China is simply unfit to be governing Hong Kong -- it's a different way of thinking, a different way of life.'
From its rattling trams and racecourses to its legal system and the ubiquitous consumption of Spam, Britain's colonial legacy still resonates through Hong Kong. But almost 20 years since the city was handed back to China under a deal that made it semi-autonomous, colonial emblems have become a symbol of protest. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Hong Kong-China-Britain-politics-history-culture-handover, FEATURE by Laura MANNERING (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)