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Hong Kong

Officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. The territory lies on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province in the north and facing the South China Sea in the east, west and south. Beginning as a trading port in the 19th century, Hong Kong has developed into a leading financial centre.

Hong Kong was a crown colony of the United Kingdom from 1842 until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997. The Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Hong Kong stipulate that Hong Kong operates with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2047, fifty years after the transfer. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the Central People's Government is responsible for the territory's defence and foreign affairs, while Hong Kong maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, immigration policy, and delegates to international organisations and events.

Points of interest

  • Hong Kong Disneyland - the fifth and most recent Magic Kingdom style park in the world, is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island. After years of negotiations and construction, the park finally opened to visitors on September 12, 2005, which is considered to be an auspicious date for the opening of a new business, according to a Chinese almanac. Disney paid close attention to Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when building Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The resort was built with many interesting settings according to the rules of Feng Shui.
  • A Symphony of Lights - This spectacular multimedia display, already named the “World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records, has been further expanded to include 43 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The show creates an all-round vision of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.
  • Chinese Festivals - Experiencing a major Chinese festival in Hong Kong is an enchanting and mesmerising adventure. Hong Kong's major traditional festivals are colourful and noisy affairs, at which thousands upon thousands of people turn out to join the celebrations. Fireworks, festive feasting, lion and dragon dancers, incense smoke, Chinese opera, mah jong, fortune-telling, carnivals and parades come together in a variety of combinations to create a uniquely festive atmosphere seen nowhere else in the world.
  • Hongkong Walks - Hong Kong is a non-stop experience filled with the exotic and the exciting. Along every street, down every lane, you are sure to encounter Hong Kong's living culture. From the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown streets and the flamboyant colours and sounds of a local market, to the wonderment and serenity that comes from a visit to a centuries-old temple and a brief experience of a bygone-era - Hong Kong offers a living, breathing cultural experience like no other in Asia or indeed the world.
  • Shopping search - Hong Kong's malls, department stores and designer boutiques offer an amazing contrast to the bustling open-air markets nestled among the towering skyscrapers.
  • Gourmet Paradise - Hong Kong's cuisine is renowned for its exotic fusion of Eastern and Western flavours along with a wide variety of culinary delights. Its cultural blend, proximity to mainland China and reputation for quality have made Hong Kong a Gourmet Paradise. Discover global cuisine in the World of Dining from every Asian delicacy to the very best Western fare.

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