Template:Infobox country Chinese SAR Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, (Script error: No such module "Zh"., 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 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. As Hong Kong is located nearly at the centre of the Eurasian Plate, there are seldom tsunamis and earthquakes.
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. Students are required to learn English at school. 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 non-language subjects (e.g. Maths, science etc.) in the language of the track.
17 days of the year are public holidays in Hong Kong:
- 1 January - the beginning of the year
- the Chinese New Year - 15 days of celebrations, of which 3 are public holidays
- Qingming Festival, also known as "Tomb Sweeping Day"
- Easter (3 public holidays)
- 1 May - Labour Day
- The Buddha's birthday
- Dragon Boat Festival
- 1 July (HKSAR Day)
- the day after Mid-Autumn Festival
- 1 Oct - Chinese National Day
- Chongyang Festival - a day when people honor their ancestors, similar to "Tomb Sweeping Day"
- Christmas (25 and 26 December are public holidays)
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 Whampoa/Ho Man Tin and Tiu Keng Leng)
- Tsuen Wan Line (running between Tsuen Wan and Central)
- Island Line (running between Kennedy Town and Chai Wan)
- South Island Line (running between Admiralty and South Horizons)
- Tseung Kwan O Line (running between Po Lam/LOHAS Park and North Point)
- Tung Chung Line (running between Tung Chung/Tsing Yi 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 Lantau Bus, who mainly services Lantau Island, Citybus, which mainly serves airport routes 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, including the Star Ferry, First Ferry and Fortune Ferry companies)
Housing in Hong Kong
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 from the Chinese Han period were used in Hong Kong
- A Portuguese named Jorge Álvares was the first European to reach Hong Kong
- China banned the drug trade in Hong Kong
- Opium became a huge business
- Lin Zexu was appointed Special Commissioner
- The 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 26, 1841
- The British flag was raised at Possession Point, on Hong Kong Island
- Sir Henry Pottinger became Hong Kong's first governor
- The Treaty of Nanjing was signed, ending the First Opium War
- China was defeated in the Second Opium War. Boundary Street and Stonecutter's Island were leased to Britain
- The Peak Tram started operating on Hong Kong Island
- Lantau Island and the New Territories were leased to the British for 99 years
- Hong Kong became a refuge for exiles from China
- Western dress began to come in fashion for the locals
- Father Daniel Finn began excavations on Lamma Island
- Refugees fleeing the Chinese Communist Party came to Hong Kong
December 8, 1941
- The Empire of Japan invaded Hong Kong
December 25, 1941
- The British authorities surrendered Hong Kong 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
- The Shek Kip Mei Estate was built, establishing the program of public housing
- A Han period tomb was discovered near Lei Cheng Uk
- The Hong Kong dollar was tied to the US dollar
- China and Britain signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration
- The Hong Kong Basic Law was confirmed
- Asia's financial crisis
- Archaeologists discovered 20 graves on the island of Ma Wa
- Tung Chee Wa elected as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Voting was conducted by 400 committees of an electoral college whose members are appointed by the Chinese Government.
July 1, 1997
- Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China for 50 years
- Hong Kong International Airport replaced Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon
- Tung Chee Wa was elected as Chief Executive for a second term.
- Citizens wanted a more democratic and republican system
- The SARS epidemic began
March 10, 2005
- Tung Chee Wa retired as chief executive because of health problems.
June 16, 2005
- Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was elected unopposed as Chief Executive.
- Leung Chun Ying was elected as Chief Executive.
- People occupied the Central region to demand universal suffrage for the next chief executive election, to take place in in 2017.
- The government voted against the universal suffrage demanded by the people.
- There were more protests in Mong Kok and police had to spray pepper spray on the people to get them to leave.
Hong Kong has a few media companies, notably Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB).
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)
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