Hong Kong

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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area, considered as one of the most densely populated places in the world, with a population of over 7.5 million people. Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, Hong Kong has become one of the world’s most significant financial centres and commercial ports, making it one of the richest cities in the world. The region is also known for being a food paradise, having one of the highest numbers of restaurants or cafes per capita, where you can score the cheapest Michelin-starred food on the planet, and having the most skyscrapers in the world. Hong Kong’s home airline, Cathay Pacific, has won “World’s Best Airline” many times. With the region’s name translating to Fragrant Harbor, it’s economy is characterised by free trade, low taxation and minimum government intervention, known as the world’s 7th largest trading economy, 10th largest exporter, and 9th largest importer. Some of Hong Kong’s most visited tourist attractions are Victoria’s Peak, Hong Kong Disneyland, Victoria’s Harbour, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park, and Old Town Central Art Walk.

Hong Kong History

  • Became part of the People's Republic of Chian on 7/1/1998
  • Was part of the United Kingdom before then for 156 years
  • Hong-Kong negotiated special privileges as part of its re-integration into China
    • English would continue to be the official language
    • A border would be maintained with mainland China
    • Mainland Chinese citizens would need a visa to visit
    • Hong Kong would retain a common law system (based on UK law)
    • Hong Kong would continue using the Hong Kong Dollar
  • Over time some of these privileges have been revoked
  • Hong Kong is less independent now (2018) than it was previously