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Destination Hong Kong, a virtual travel to guide to Xianggang, the "Fragrant Harbor". Here you will find comprehensive information about Hong Kong in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Hong Kong and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, Kowloon Nathan Road
Hong Kong Skyline © Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region | Xianggang

Country Profile

Hong Kong Flag
Hong Kong's Regional Flag

Situated on the south of the Chinese Guangdong (formerly Canton) province, the formerly British Dependent Territory of Hong Kong comprises of Victoria (commonly known as Hong Kong Island), the Kowloon Peninsula, the "New Territories", and 235 outlying islands.

Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 1 July 1997.
In this agreement, China has promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system will not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.

related countries: China, United Kingdom
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Official Name:
Hong Kong
in Chinese: 香港
conventional long form:
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
conventional short form: Hong Kong
local short form: Xianggang
local long form: Xianggang Tebie Xingzhengqu

Dependency status: special administrative region of China (SAR)

ISO Country Code: hk

Actual Time: Thu-May-25  11:14
Local Time = UTC +8h

Country Calling Code: +852

Type: since 1 July 1997 a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, with its own constitution (the Basic Law).

Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
Area: 1,100 km².; Hong Kong comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and numerous small islands. Terrain: Hilly to mountainous, with steep slopes and natural harbor.

Climate: Tropical monsoon. Cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall.

Population: 7.1 million (2011)
Ethnic groups: Chinese 95%; other 5%.
Religions: eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10% .
Languages: Yue (Cantonese Chinese) and English are official.
Literacy: 92%

Natural resources: Outstanding deepwater harbor.
Agriculture products: Fresh vegetables, poultry, fish, pork.

Industries: Textiles, clothing, tourism, banking, shipping, electronics, plastics, toys, watches, clocks.

Exports partners: USA 30.7%, China 30.1%, UK 6.5%, Germany 4.0%, Taiwan 3.7, Singapore 2.5%, Japan 2.2% (2004)
(Source: HK Trade and Industry Department)

Imports partners: China 43.5%, Japan 12.1%, Taiwan 7.3%, USA 5.3%, Singapore 5.3%, South Korea 4.8% (2004)

Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)

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Official Sites of Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR Government Information Centre
The official site of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government.

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices (HKETO)
The permanent Representatives of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) in the United States.

Consular Posts and Officially Recognized Representatives
Address list of consulates and representative offices in Hong Kong.

Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong
Hong Kong in statistical figures.

Hong Kong Observatory
The Official Authority for Hong Kong Weather.


Map of Hong Kong
Political map of Hong Kong.
Google Earth Google Earth Hong Kong
Searchable map and satellite view of Hong Kong.
Administrative Map of China
Political Map of China's Administrative Divisions.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.


__Hong Kong News in English:
Hong Kong Standard
Regional and international news.
South China Morning Post
Hong Kong's leading English Language newspaper.

__Hong Kong News in Chinese
Apple Daily
Regional and international news.
Ming Pao
Regional and international news.
Singtao Times
Regional and international news.
Ta Kung Pao
Regional and international news.

RTHK on Internet - The Cyber Station
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Arts & Culture

Chinese Customs and Traditions
Glossary of Chinese Customs and Traditions.

Hong Kong Arts Festival
Art events ranging from Chinese Opera to World Music.
DiscoverHongKong - Culture and Heritage
Scratch the surface of Hong Kong's rich culture and heritage, a guide to art and culture of Hong Kong.
Image Directory of visual artists.
Hong Kong Movie DataBase
Ryan LAW's site about Hong Kong Movies.
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Museum of History
Preserves the cultural heritage of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Stockholm Challenge Award Asian Traditional Archery Research Network (ATARN)
Hong Kong based information site about traditional archery cultures of Asia.
Wing Chun Kuen
Yip Man Wing Chun Kuen, the Southern Chinese Martial Art Hong Kong style.

Bun Festival
Bun Festival Girls, Cheung Chau
© Hong Kong Tourism Board


Business & Economy

Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Responsible for maintaining monetary and banking stability.

Trade and Industry Department
Department for the development of Hong Kong trade and industry.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Promoting Hong Kong's external trade in goods and services.
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices (HKETO)
The permanent Representatives of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) in the United States.

Hong Kong Yellow Pages

Business News
The Standard
Greater China's Business Newspaper

Cathay Pacific Airways
Hong Kong's major airline, founded in 1946.
Hong Kong based airline serves 30 passenger destinations across Asia.

Hong Kong International Airport
Chek Lap Kok Airport is Hong Kong's international airport.


Destination Hong Kong - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Hong Kong: accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tours and much more.

Hong Kong Tourism Board

The most comprehensive Hong Kong Guide.

DiscoverHongKong - E-Ticketing
Get tickets for great Hong Kong Events.

Hong Kong Outdoors
A guide to Hong Kong and surroundings.

Hong Kong Terminal - The City
Information on Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Picture Archive
Hong Kong Images.

Hong Kong Visas
Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong SAR.
Advice to Travellers
Hong Kong customs organization advice for Travellers entering Hong Kong.

Hotels in Hong Kong
Find Hotels in Hong Kong.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Education & Research

Stockholm Challenge Award Cyber Learning Centre Plus
A learning portal for government employees, provided by the Civil Service Training and Development Institute (CSTDI).
Chinese University of Hong Kong
With information on faculties, administration and research.
City University of Hong Kong
Internationally recognized as a leading university in the Asia-Pacific region.
Stockholm Challenge Award Education City (HKedCity) e-Learning and SARS
Web-based learning programme to meet the urgent needs of the education community during SARS.
Hong Kong Institute of Education
A leading university-level institution, its mission: optimising each child's potential through the shared joy of learning and teaching.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Formerly known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic, the Institution assumed full university status in 1994.
Hong Kong Public Libraries
Enrich knowledge and support lifelong learning.
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
University Library, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong's First University, the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong, founded 1910.



Department of Health
Provides information on Hong Kong's situation concerning Atypical Pneumonia (SARS).
Stockholm Challenge Award Policing Disease
Policing Disease, a new paradigm that leverages advances in criminal data analysis, to process information from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) victims, allowing immediate actions to bring the Hong Kong outbreak under control within weeks.


Chinese Dynasties
Timeline of Chinese Imperial and Modern Dynasties.

History of Hong Kong
Wikipedia entry for the History of Hong Kong.

Opium War
Opium Wars
Emperor of China Declares War on Drugs

The Chinese Opium Wars
About one of the biggest disasters ever hits China.
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
© Hong Kong Tourism Board

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