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Key country data

Area: 1 k km2
Population: 7.1 mln
Languages: Cantonese, English, Putonghua
Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Voltage: 220V/50Hz, Plug type G
Time zone: UTC+8
Political system: Special administrative region of China
Main religions: eclectic mixture of local religions, Christian
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HongKong comprises Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and an archipelago of 235 islands and islets with a total area of 1,091 km2. It has a subtropical monsoon climate.

After the Opium War in 1840, the government of the Qing Dynasty had to cede the island of Hong Kong and rent successively Kowloon and the New Territories to Britain. Under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed in September 1984, China resumed on 1 July 1997 the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, which became a Special Administrative Region of China.

Hong Kong is an international center of trade and manufacturing, and one of the largest financial markets. Hong Kong is a tourist mecca in Asia. Nicknamed "Pearl of the Orient", Hong Kong has many luxury hotels, countless restaurants, rich cultural relics, famous shopping malls, beautiful beaches and good infrastructure.



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