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In 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.
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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.
The neo-classical legislative Council Building is a beautiful remnant of Hong Kong's colonial era. The domed building was designed by Sir Aston Webb and completed in 1912.
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.