Where is Hong Kong

Hong Kong is at the south-eastern tip of China.  It is in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region incorporating 1104 square kilometers encompassing: Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, the Kowloon Penninsula and the New Territories.  It also covers over 260 outlying islands.  More than 40% of Hong Kong is dedicated to country parks and nature reserves and 75% remains undeveloped.

When to visit Hong Kong

Hong Kong is good to visit all year around.  Cooler winter months are between November and February and visibility can be lower during this time.  From March onwards the weather gets warmer.  Peak summer period is between July and August where the temperature and humidity soars. During summer 32 degrees can feel more like 40 because of the thick hot moist humid air.  It’s better to avoid Hong Kong during these times if you’re not used to high humidity.

Is Hong Kong safe?

On the whole Hong Kong is a very safe city as long as you follow common-sense precautions.  Police have a visible presence and they are very helpful if you need assistance or directions.  Robberies do occur infrequently, so you should always remain vigilant, use common sense and not take unnecessary risks. Walking around at night is also generally safe when there are people around.  Do be aware of pickpockets (as they do exist) but occurrences are infrequent. In this regard, carry only the cash you need remembering most tourist shops will accept credit cards and store the remainder in your hotel safe.  You should not need to carry your passport on your person while in Hong Kong.

How may people live in Hong Kong?

At the last census Hong Kong’s population was just over 7 million people, with a density of 6650 people per square kilometer, second only to the small island nation of Singapore.

What is the official language of Hong Kong?

Chinese and English are the official language of Hong Kong.  English is used in business, government legal and professional sectors.  The predominant Chinese language is Cantonese (the local dialect), followed by Putonghua (Mandarin).

 

 

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