This June I spent over 10 days in Hong Kong & Macau, two special administrative regions of China. I’ve already posted an article on my bungy jump from Macau Tower, more posts about Macau to come. I spent only one night in Macau and the rest of my time belonged to Hong Kong, so most pictures and impressions are from there.
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It would be silly to try to cover all information about Hong Kong in one post, so naturally I decided to divide it into multiple articles. Here are some places which will be covered in coming posts : Victoria Peak, Kowloon, Discovery Bay, Ocean Park, visit to the Buddha statue in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Island, Ngong Ping 360 and others.
- Here is the short informatical insight from Wikipedia in Hong Kong :
Hong Kong is situated on China’s south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong’s population is 93.6% ethnic Chinese and 6.4% from other groups.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony’s boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and then the New Territories in 1898. It was occupied by Japan during the Pacific War (1941–45), after which the British resumed control until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.
Under the principle of «one country, two systems», Hong Kong has a different political system from mainland China. Hong Kong’s independent judiciary functions under the common law framework. Hong Kong Basic Law, its constitutional document, which stipulates that Hong Kong shall have a «high degree of autonomy» in all matters except foreign relations and military defence, governs its political system.
As one of the world’s leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade, and the currency, Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world. The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the city to a centre for modern architecture and the world’s most vertical city. Hong Kong has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Hong Kong has numerous high international rankings in various aspects. For instance, its economic freedom, financial and economic competitiveness, quality of life, corruption perception, Human Development Index are all ranked highly. According to estimates from both UN and WHO, Hong Kong had the longest life expectancy of any region in the world in 2012. Hong Kong also has the highest average IQ score in 81 countries around the world.
- Official languages : Cantonese, English
- Total area : 1,104 km2
- Population (2013) : 7 202 942
- Density : 6,544/km2
Source : Wikipedia