Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a special region situated on the south-eastern coast of China. With a population of over 7 million on an area of 1,000 square kilometres, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on Earth.

The city consists of four parts. Hong Kong Island is where the British originally set up their trading post. It is the wealthiest part of the city with modern skyscrapers and shopping malls. Kowloon Peninsula is part of the Asian mainland with a mix of apartment buildings, shopping malls and street markets. The New Territories is the countryside to the north of Kowloon that the British took over from China in 1898. There are also over 200 islands around Hong Kong.

The coastline of Hong Kong is very irregular with many bays and inlets. Much of the coast has been filled with earth to in order to create new land. In the 1990s a new airport was built on an island created in the sea.

Hong Kong - Facts
Size: 1 100 square kilometers
Population: 7.5 million
Official Languages: Chinese, English
Per Capita Income US$ 49,000
Currency: The Hong Kong Dollar
Government: Special administrative region of China

Hong Kong's location in the People's Republic of China
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