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Hong Kong, China. Author Zachary Baumgartner. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Hong Kong, China. Author Zachary Baumgartner

Hong Kong: the gateway to China

Hong Kong (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) is an administrative region with special status in China since 1997, after being a British colony since 1841. Hong Kong is located along the coast of the South China Sea and is formed by the Kowloon peninsula and some hundreds of islands and islets. The city is now one of the most important industrial, commercial and banking centers of the Far East.

Hong Kong is the financial and commercial capital of Asia, as well as a base for the largest multinationals, with an amazing city full of skyscrapers, opposed to the myriad of traditional markets, where there is no object that can not find.

Hong Kong is the biggest trading port in the world, but also retains the most traditional restaurants, with the adjoining fish market to choose live fish and consume it. The city has a modern underground and areas to visit in the rickshaw. From the Peak Tower, which is achieved with a railway, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the skyscrapers that crowd one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Nathan Road surprised with miles of shops of all kinds, but especially jewelers, who form the biggest market for the precious Asia.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: WHAT TO VISIT IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong, China. Author eGuide Travel. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Hong Kong, China. Author eGuide Travel

Meeting point between East and West, Hong Kong is located in a beautiful bay dotted with islands, the view that can be seen from the main bevedere at Victoria Peak, reached by cable car, is spectacular. The city boasts fine examples of modern architecture but also picturesque streets and areas where time seems to stand still as the floating market of Aberdeen.

A popular destination for shoppers from around the world, Hong Kong has everything to offer. Hong Kong is a popular travel destination, making tourism one of its largest industries, in 2010, 20 million tourists visited the country.

Between the main attractions is: Victoria Peak which overlooks the city’s famous skyline, Victoria Harbour, Aberdeen with the local fisherfolk, their boat community and the nearby world-famous floating restaurants, Stanley Market, Hong Kong Disneyland, the fifth and most recent Disneyland in the world.

Enjoy the scenic coastal beauty of Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. Kowloon Peninsula possesses some of the most interesting cityscapes in Asia. We can suggest also a day trip to Macau, that is reachable with fast ferries.

Hong Kong Map

Hong Kong Map

FLIGHT INFORMATION: Hong Kong is served by the Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport), it’s a new airport built on an artificial island and is among the most important in Asia for passenger traffic, as well as being the main airport in the world for cargo traffic.

  • Area: 1,104 sqkm. (Arable 7% Pastures 1%, Forests and Woodlands 21%, Uncultivated and Unproductive 71%)
  • Population: 7,000,000 (2008 data) 98% Chinese.
  • State Capital: Victoria (Hong Kong).
  • Languages: The official languages are Chinese and English.
  • Religion: Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, Christian 8% (Catholic 4%, Protestant 4%).
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
  • Time: UTC +8 hours.

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