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
Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hotel, located in Kowloon and overlooking Victoria Harbour is one of the world's most luxurious hotels. The Peninsula is famous for its fleet of Rolls-Royces.
Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Park, surrounded by a cluster of skyscrapers is located in Hong Kong's busy Central district. The fairly new park - it opened in 1991 - has a large aviary with elevated walkways.
Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong
The botanical garden is strewn with a huge variety of tropical plants and trees. The relatively small zoological is home to several hundred birds, mammals and reptiles.
Mongkok, Hong Kong
Known as the most crowded area in an already overcrowded Kowloon, Mongkok is busy day and night. The area is a shopper's paradise, despite its reputation as the heartland of triad gangs.

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