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
Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
This popular park has several gardens, two playgrounds, a bird lake, sports amenities and many other attractions. It is a large park, especially for Kowloon where space is at a premium.
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.
Old Bank of China Building, Hong Kong
Built in 1950 as one of Hong Kong's tallest and most prestigious buildings, the former Bank of China building is now dwarfed by the neighboring skyscrapers such as the HSBC Building.
Statue Square, Hong Kong
Statue Square - a pedestrianized refuge in crowded Central district - is a popular gathering place. The square is adorned with fountains and a statue of Sir Thomas Jackson.

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