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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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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.
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.
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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