hongkong
Country : China
Currency : HK Dollar (HKD)
Language : Chinese (Cantonese), English
Population
City: 1 407 600 (1999)
Metro: 6 826 500 (1999)
Time
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
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.
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.
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.
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.



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