Numbers enable ideas to hold together. It wasn't so long ago that China's president, Hu Jintao, gave a Four-point Speech on policy toward Taiwan. Examples from the Mao era are legion: Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, Three Years of Natural Disasters, Four Cleanups Movement, Four Greats (Great Teacher, Great Leader, Great Supreme Commander, Great Helmsman), Group of Five, Gang of Four. Post-Mao includes the Two Whatevers, and Four Modernizations. No surprise then when in 1984 Deng Xiaoping proposed a numeric formula for China and Hong Kong, post-1997: One Country, Two Systems. To mark the handover, 1 July is a public holiday in Hong Kong.
Sorry to bang on about the weather, but there is a lot of it about.
Bulletin updated by Hong Kong Observatory at 23:15 HKT 30/Jun/2005
Here is the latest weather bulletin issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.
A trough of low pressure brought rainy weather to the coastal areas of Guangdong and the northern part of the South China Sea today. Locally, it was cloudy with squally showers today. More than 80 millimetres of rainfall were recorded over Lantau, Tsuen Wan and Western District of Hong Kong Island. Under the influence of the squally showers, gusts exceeding 70 kilometres per hour were recorded at Tsim Sha Tsui in the afternoon. A ridge of high pressure is expected to bring generally fine weather to southeastern China over the weekend and early next week.
Weather forecast for Hong Kong (Friday, 1 Jul 2005)
Cloudy with showers and one or two squally thunderstorms.
Temperatures will range between 25 and 29 degrees.
Moderate to fresh southerly winds, gusty at times.
Outlook : Weather improving over the weekend. Fine and hot next