Country : China
Currency : HK Dollar (HKD)
Language : Chinese (Cantonese), English
City: 1 407 600 (1999)
Metro: 6 826 500 (1999)
Zone: Hong Kong Time (HKT)
Hong Kong
closeIn 1841 Hong Kong Island - not much more than 'a barren island with few houses' - was ceded to the British. In 1997 negotiations between Britain and China resulted in the handover of Hong Kong back to China. Under the credo 'one country, two systems', Hong Kong is now a Special Administrative Region (S.A.R.) of China.
Hong Kong is a dazzling commercial city where east meets west. The lack of space in Hong Kong has led to the largest concentration of tall buildings in the world, even ahead of New York City.
Random Hong Kong Highlights
Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
Two IFC, a 415m / 1362ft tall skyscraper was built in 2003 on Hong Kong Island as the city's tallest building, replacing the Central Plaza, which was built a decade earlier.
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
The iconic 70-story Bank of China Tower - designed by American architect I.M. Pei as a stack of prisms - was Hong Kong's tallest building when it was completed in 1990.
Jardine House, Hong Kong
This skyscraper, completed in 1973, is known as 'The House of a Thousand Orifices' thanks to its 1700-plus round windows. The 52 story tower was once the tallest building in Asia.
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist temple built in 1921, is one of Hong Kong's most popular temples. Visitors come here to have their fortunes told and to make a wish at the altar.

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