Officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong was established as a colony of the British Empire. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world’s most significant financial centres and commercial ports.
It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.
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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China is much more than a harbour city with crowded streets: this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands also offers rural landscapes with breathtaking views.
Boasting one of the world’s best airports, it is the ideal stopover for those who wish to travel deeper into Asia.
Hong Kong Island (香港島, map) – The site of the original British settlement and the main focus of most tourists. Most of Hong Kong’s highest skyscrapers and the financial centre can be found here. Hong Kong Island is more modern and wealthy and considerably more prestigious than the other areas of Hong Kong. The Peak (map) is the tallest point on the island, with the best views and highest real estate values in the world.
Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are usually hot, lasting from June to September, with temperatures usually exceeding 30 °C, while night-time summer temperatures do not drop below 25 °C . Typhoons usually occur between June and September, though some typhoons may affect Hong Kong as late as October.
Spring in Hong Kong is from March to May and autumn is from September to November with an average temperature of around 20 to 25 °C. Autumn is considered a more comfortable season as spring tends to be more humid and rainy.
For its electrical sockets, Hong Kong uses the British three-pin rectangular blade plug.