Hong Kong Overview
Hong Kong perches on the edge of mainland China occupying an
anomalous position as a territory straddling two worlds. Since the
handover in 1997 Hong Kong has become a 'Special Administrative
Region of China' and no longer a subject of colonial sovereignty.
Past and present fuse to create a capitalist utopia embedded within
the world's largest Communist country.
Hong Kong offers a dense concentration of stores and shopping
malls with a cross-pollinated cosmopolitan culture that embraces
Nepalese and British cuisines with equal enthusiasm. It is the
perfect gateway for travellers to Southeast Asia and China,
providing a smooth transition from west to east. As one of the key
economies of the Pacific Rim, Hong Kong Island showcases a gleaming
landscape of skyscrapers and boasts a highly developed transport
infrastructure that makes commuting around it a dream.
Hong Kong consists of four sections, Kowloon, Hong Kong Island,
the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. Kowloon and the New
Territories form part of the Chinese mainland to the north of
Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong Island, containing the central business
hub, lies on the southern side of the harbour facing Kowloon. The
Outlying Islands comprise a composite of 234 islands.