Hong Kong

Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Asia  :  Hong Kong
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a territory in East Asia, located in the southern China, bordering Guangdong and facing the South China Sea to the east, west and south. It has a population of 7 million people but only 1,108 km2 (428 sq mi) of land, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a dependent territory of the United Kingdom in 1842, and remained so until transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Along with Macau, Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions under the "one country, two systems" policy. As a result, Hong Kong is largely self-governing, has its own currency, legal and political systems, a high degree of autonomy in all areas except foreign affairs and defence, and is generally not considered part of mainland China.

Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting, Hong Kong is one of the world's leading financial capitals, a major business and cultural hub, and maintains a highly developed capitalist economy. Its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions, and although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a small but significant segment of society. Source

Hong Kong Facts

Population: 7 million

Capital: Hong Kong

Currency: Hong Kong dollar

Area: 1,108 km2

Language: Chinese, English

Main Religion: Eclectic mixture

Calling Code: +852

Time Zone: GMT + 8

Main Cities: Hong Kong, Kowloon, Yung Shue Wan