Hong Kong is one of the world’s major financial and shipping hubs. The city of Hong Kong was a British colony until as recently as 1997 when it was returned to China. Thereafter under the principle of ‘one country two systems’, Hong Kong continue to enjoy a great degree of autonomy.
Hong Kong covers an area of about 1,104 square kilometers and has a population of about 7 million. The most common languages used are English, Mandarin and Cantonese. The territory comprises of 4 major parts; the Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. Majority of the international banks and large multinationals in Hong Kong are congregated on the Hong Kong Island, which is the earliest segment of the original British’s colony.
Majority of Hong Kong’s surface area are steep and undulating hills that are uninhabitable and underdeveloped. As a result of the severe lack of space, Hong Kong has developed into the most ‘vertical city’ in the world with dense constructions of extremely high skyscrapers. Land prices in the financial district of Hong Kong Island remain one of the highest in the world.
Hong Kong has a very developed transportation system of subways, buses, taxis and ferries. Moving around Hong Kong is very easy and safe.
Popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong include the Victoria Peak, the Victoria Harbour, Giant Buddha in Lantau Island, Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland.
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