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
Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong
This is probably the most charming temple in Hong Kong, best known for the many incense coils hanging from the ceiling. It is dedicated to two deities: the God of Literature and the God of War.
Clock Tower, Hong Kong
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Clock Tower is one of Hong Kong's oldest landmarks. It was built on the site of the old Kowloon Station, which was part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway.
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.
HSBC Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong
When this 47 story, 180m (591ft) tall skyscaper was built in 1986 it was the world's most expensive skyscraper. The unique building was designed by the renowned British architect Norman Foster.

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