|Capital||None (Some considered Victoria to be the capital, because most government offices located in Central)|
|Government||Special administrative region of the People's Republic of China|
|Currency||Hong Kong dollar (HKD)|
|Area|| total: 1,092 km2
water: 50 km2
land: 1,042 km2
|Population||6,980,412 (July 2007 est.)|
|Language||Cantonese (official), English (official)|
|Religion||Mix of local religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism) ~92%, minority atheists and Christian|
|Electricity||220V/50Hz (UK plug)|
|Time Zone||UTC +8|
Hong Kong (香港 Heūng góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China's increasingly affluent mainland population. It is also an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world's cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia's World City.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China is much more than a harbour city. The traveller weary of its crowded streets may be tempted to describe it as Hong Kongcrete. Yet, this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands is mostly a rural landscape. Much of the countryside is classified as Country Park and, although 7 million people are never far away, it is possible to find pockets of wilderness that will reward the more intrepid tourist.
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with at least one season to match your comfort zone. Boasting one of the world's best airports, it is the ideal stopover for those who wish to travel deeper into the Orient.