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
The Peak, Hong Kong
A funicular tram ride brings you to Victoria Peak, at 552 m (1800ft) the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is a popular tourist attraction thanks to the spectacular views over Hong Kong's skyline.
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.
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.
Star Ferry, Hong Kong
Despite modern competition from rail and road tunnels, the historic Star Ferry continues to be a popular means of crossing Victoria Harbour, especially with tourists.

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