Hong Kong’s strategic location on the southeast coast of China has made it one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world. From its inception as a tiny Hakka fishing village in the early 19th century to a colonial financial powerhouse in the 20th century, Hong Kong’s vibrant and stimulating economy has set the pace for the 21st century world of technology and business.
Despite its many reinventions, Hong Kong’s bold and intrepid spirit has remained and continues to entice travellers to its bright city lights and beautiful green countryside.
Hong Kong’s rich and invigorating blend of cultures has given the city its unique character. While the majority of the city’s population are Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) speakers, the city is home to a large community of non-Chinese, from all over the world. Multiple denominations of religions co-exist peacefully alongside each other and the presence of ancient and enduring cultures, in a society that has had to constantly adapt to change, has created a true blend of tradition and innovation.
In recent decades, as the economy of China has opened up, Hong Kong has become an important gateway to the world’s largest market. Under the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems', Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. This arrangement allows the city to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.
While most people are familiar with Hong Kong’s dazzling skyline of skyscrapers, bustling streets and infamous tax-free shopping, some may not be aware that Hong Kong also boats an impressive array of remote country trails, beautiful sandy beaches and has over 200 outlying islands, some very remote and several inhabited.
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