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.
Nathan Road, Hong Kong
This long, crowded boulevard in Kowloon is dubbed the 'Golden Mile' for its many neon signs. The road, which runs from the waterfront to Mongkok, is popular with visitors for the many shopping opportunities.
Skyline and Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island's impressive skyline becomes an even more spectacular sight at night, especially during the multimedia light show known as 'Symphony of Lights'.
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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