The economy is the base of a country is development. This is a phrase note in all Chinese political science textbooks. A hundred years ago, China lost a war to Britain, so it leased Hong Kong to Britain. After a long effort, the Chinese government signed an agreement with the British government, which began the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. This great event not only let the Chinese territory be more complete, it also made the Chinese economy developed more quickly. My hometown, Guangdong Province, was the nearest place to Hong Kong. Because of the Hong Kong reunion, my hometown got a big boost to its economy, and my family and my lives changed profoundly.
The reunion first effected my mother because it gave her an employment. At that time, Hong Kong just began to trade and with the Mainland. The factories started blossoming liked the shoots of trees after a spring rain. A great number of factories appeared in a short time and developed very quickly. Fortunately, my mother got a job working in clothing factory. It was lucky that my mother who was a woman from a little village in the countryside, and only graduated from middle school, could get a job. It made her have steady income and live comfortably in the city. She did not need to work in the rice fields in the hot summer like her classmates. My mother became one of the first beneficiaries of the Hong Kong reunion in my family.
Moreover, my family had better material condition than other families in across China at that period. Nowadays, China is the second biggest economy in the world, but in the late 1990s, the Chinese marketplace just began to develop. Most Chinese people could not have a good material condition because there were few types of commodity but with bad quality. However, my family was different. My sister used to travel to Hong Kong because of work. Each time she came back, she would bring some gifts to our family because Hong Kong had more interesting and better commodities. Many things in my home were brought from Hong Kong from small snacks to big household appliances. Even though my family was not very rich, we could have a better quality and life.
Finally, but most important for me, the Hong Kong reunion allowed me to have complete education. A few years ago and even today, many children still could not have complete education in some poor villages. Their parents required them to drop out of school in order to make money because their family did not have enough to support their education. However, this did not occur to me because I lived in Guangdong, and the proximity to Hong Kong allowed Guangdong to develop economically. My family had enough money to support me to get a quality education. Also, the development made they know that education was really important, and it could affect me whether I succeeded or not in the feature. With their support, I could have the good education from primary school to high school, and even go to college.
The Hong Kong reunion changed my hometown and gave my family many changes to live better. It gave the economic changes to my hometown, and it became the base of a good life. In fact, the reunion brought an advanced economy and society into regular Chinese life. I am really thankful for this reunion. This beautiful place now belongs to my country again.