|Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
|Anthem: March of the Volunteers
View at night from Victoria Peak
|Official languages||Chinese, English|
|Spoken languages||Cantonese, English, Mandarin|
|Writing systems||Traditional Chinese, English alphabet|
|Government||Quasi-presidential autonomous region with limited suffrage|
|-||Chief Executive||Leung Chun-ying|
|-||Chief Justice||Geoffrey Ma|
|-||President of the
|-||Treaty of Nanking||29 August 1842|
|-||Japanese occupation||25 December 1941 –
15 August 1945
|-||Handover to China||1 July 1997|
|-||Total||1,104 km2 (179th)
426 sq mi
|-||Water (%)||4.58 (50 km²; 19 mi²)|
|GDP (PPP)||2010 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2010 estimate|
|HDI (2011)|| 0.898
very high · 13th
|Currency||Hong Kong dollar (HKD)|
|Time zone||HKT (UTC+8)|
|Date format||yyyy年m月d日 (Chinese)
|Drives on the||left|
|Internet TLD||.hk and .香港|
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Chinese: 香港; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiānggǎng; Jyutping: Hoeng1gong2, literally "Fragrant Port") is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China (the other is Macau). It is one of the richest and most highly developed places in China and even the world. Hong Kong grew quickly in the decades after World War II. It is now a famous world class financial center.
The population of Hong Kong is more than seven million. The economy has rapidly grown from a trading port to a very rich city.
Hong Kong is divided into 3 main parts:
Hong Kong was a British colony from 1842 to 1997 because China lost the Second Opium War. After the Handover, Hong Kong became a part of China.
Hong Kong is in a tropical area, and has monsoon winds. It is cool and wet in winter (Jan-Mar), hot and rainy from spring through summer (Apr-Sep), and warm, sunny and dry in the autumn (Oct-Dec). The rainy season is from May until September. In summer and early autumn, there is a frequent threat of typhoons.
Population and language
The population of Hong Kong reached 7 million in 2009. Most of the people in Hong Kong are Chinese. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It has an overall density of 6,300 people per square kilometre.
Hong Kong has one of the world’s lowest birth rates—1.11 per woman of child-bearing age as of 2012. This is far below the rate needed to replace each person, 2.1.
People from Hong Kong mainly speak Cantonese. Many learn English as an additional language. Ever since Hong Kong became a part of China, the number of people who speak Mandarin has increased because Mandarin is the official language of the PRC. Some schools have a different track for each of the three languages, depending on the language the student is most comfortable with, and teach all of the subjects of the school in the language of the track.
17 days of the year are public holidays in Hong Kong:
- the beginning of the year
- the Chinese New Year (3 days)
- Qingming Festival
- Easter (3 days)
- Labour Day
- Birthday of Buddha
- Duanwu Festival
- 1st July (HKSAR Day)
- the next day of Zhongqiu Festival
- 1st Oct National Day
- Chongyang Festival
- Christmas (2 days)
There are coins from 10 cents to 10 Hong Kong dollars; and bank-notes (paper money bills) from $10 to $1000. One American dollar is equal to about $7.75 in Hong Kong dollars, at the official bank exchange rate.
- Mass Transit Railway (MTR) which was established in 1979, owns seven lines (10 lines after KCR merger),
- Kwun Tong Line (running between Yau Ma Tei and Tiu Keng Leng)
- Tsuen Wan Line (running between Tsuen Wan and Central)
- Island Line (running between Sheung Wan and Chai Wan)
- Tseung Kwan O Line (running between Po Lam/LOHAS Park and North Point)
- Tung Chung Line (running between Tung Chung and Hong Kong)
- Airport Express (running between AsiaWorld-Expo and Hong Kong)
- Disneyland Resort Line (running between Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort)
- East Rail Line (running between Hung Hom and Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau)
- West Rail Line (running between Hung Hom and Tuen Mun/Kam Sheung Road)
- Ma On Shan Line (running between Wu Kai Sha and Tai Wai)
- Bus: there are four major bus companies in Hong Kong, such as KMB which mainly services Kowloon, the rest are New Lantao Bus, who mainly services Lantau Island, Citybus, and New World First Bus, which mainly services Hong Kong Island.
- Public Light Bus: in 1960s, it was an illegal transportation, but later on, the government noticed that if there were only buses in Hong Kong, then some villages in N.T. will not have a public transport. Therefore, the Legislative Council legislated (made a law) for it to be legal and under the government control.
- Tram (running between Kennedy Town, Happy Valley, and Shau Kei Wan)
- Peak Tram (running between Garden Road and Victoria Peak)
- Taxi (Red, Green, and Blue)
- Ferry (Lots of different companies, namely First Ferry and the Star Ferry)
Timeline of Hong Kong
Here is a brief history of Hong Kong:
Around 4000 BC
- Sea levels rose above 100 meters
Around 3500 BC
- Ceramic forms decorated with a wide range of patterns
Around 2000 BC
- Bronze weapons, knives, arrowheads & tools.
- Metal worked locally
Around 500 BC
- Ancient Chinese writing developed
- People from Mainland China came to Hong Kong
- Coins of Han period were used in Hong Kong
- A Portuguese named Jorge Álvares was first to reach Hong Kong
- China banned drug trade in Hong Kong
- Sale of opium became a huge success
- Lin Zexu was appointed special commissioner
- First opium war began
- Hong Kong was given to the British and became a dependent territory of United Kingdom
- Lord Palmerston wrote that Hong Kong was nothing but a barren island without a house on it
January 26th, 1841-
- British flag was raised at Possession Point on Hong Kong Island
- Sir Henry Pottinger became Hong Kong's first governor
- Chinese made two governments sign the Treaty of Nanjing, causing the first opium war to come to an end
- China is once again defeated in the Opium War. Boundary Street and Stonecutter's Island is leased to Britain
- Peak Tram on Hong Kong Island started operating
- There is a 99-year lease of Lantau Island and New Territories to the British
- Hong Kong was a refuge for exiles from China
- Western dress began to come in fashion for the locals
- Father Daniel Finn began excavations on Lamma Island
- Immigrants fled to Hong Kong because they are scared by the Communist party
December 8th, 1941-
- Empire of Japan invaded Hong Kong
December 25, 1941
- British surrendered the territory to the Japanese Army
- Britain reclaimed its territory after Japan's surrender
- Double-decker buses were introduced to Hong Kong
- Hong Kong became a free port
- Shek Kip Mei Estate established the program of public housing
- Han Tomb near Lei Cheng Uk was discovered
- Hong Kong Dollars fixed its currency to the USA
- Two countries signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration
- The Hong Kong Basic Law was confirmed
- Asia's financial crisis
- Archaeologists discovered 20 graves Ma Wan
July 1st, 1997
- Hong Kong becomes Special Administrative Region of China for 50 years
- Hong Kong International Airport replaced Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon
- Tung Chee Wa is elected as Chief Executive
- Citizens wanted a more democratic and republican system
- The epidemic of SARS began
March 10th, 2005
- Tung Chee Wa retired as chief executive because of health problems.
- Leung Chun Ying was elected as Chief Executive.
Sometime in 2014
- People occupy the Central region to demand universal suffrage for the next chief executive election, to take place in in 2017.
Sometime in 2015
- The government votes against the universal suffrage demanded by the people.
Sometime in 2016
- There were more protests in Mong Kok and police had to spray pepper spray on the people to get them to leave.
Places in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Victoria Peak
- Ocean Park
- Man Mo Temple
- Repulse Bay
- Lo House Museum
- Hong Kong Park
- Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- Hong Kong Space Museum
- Hong Kong Museum of Science & Technology
- Wong Tai Sin Temple
- Lantau Link Visitors' Viewing Centre
- Fung Ying Sin Koon
- Sham Tung Uk
- Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha on Lantau Island (currently the largest bronze Buddha in world)
- Cheung Chau (Long Island)
Stamp with portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
An aerial view of the northern shore of Hong Kong Island in 1986
Opened in 1912, this granite neo-classical building in Central used to house the Supreme Court. It became the home to Legislative Council of Hong Kong (dubbed "Legco") from 1985 to 2011, spanning across the British and the Chinese rule. However, as the Legco has moved to a new complex in 2011, the building will revert to a judicial function, housing the Court of Final Appeal from 2015 onwards.
Themis or Lady Justice, armed with sword and balance scales (Court of Final Appeal Building, Central, Hong Kong). She is the personification of justice balancing the scales of truth and fairness.
The Big Buddha, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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