Heūng góng in Cantonese means fragrant harbour, but to most people is known as Hong Kong. Situated on the South China Sea and Pearl River Delta , Hong Kong is famous for its glittering skyline and magnificent natural harbour. The city itself is bustling and quite crowded, but offers delicious foods, an exciting night life, and of course, shopping.
Hong Kong is officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is the first Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, the other being Macau. Before the transfer of sovereignty over to China in 1997, Hong Kong had been a British Colony for nearly 150 years. However, Archaeological findings date the first human settlements in Hong Kong to more than 30,000 years ago. It was first incorporated into China during the Qin Dynasty and largely remained under Chinese rule until 1841 during the Qing Dynasty.
Less than half the size of the American state of Rhode Island, Hong Kong has a population of 7 million people. Constant immigration from mainland China, the rest of Asia and from the four corners of the world, has made Hong Kong a melting pot of culture. However, both Cantonese Chinese and the British have had the strongest influence.
From hawker stalls to fine dining restaurants, Hong Kong provides a wide variety of food . Food is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine, non-Cantonese Chinese cuisine, Japan, and the Western world. Given it is the third densest population, the restaurant industry has intense competition. Take away and dinning out is very common, as most people work an average of a 47 hour work week.
Hong Kong is divided into four parts: Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon peninsula, the New Territories and the numerous ¬outlying islands. Hong Kong Island is the island that gives Hong Kong its name, with its famous skyline and harbour. Its the main focus of most tourist. Kowloon is the peninsula,north of Hong Kong Island with a 2.1 million population in less than 47 square kilometres. It is one of the most densely populated places on earth with gives a matching number of places to eat, sleep, and shop. The New Territories are often ignored by tourists, but it offers a diverse landscape with lovely mountainous parks. The Outlying Islands the islands, islets and rocks in the south of the territory. Most people arrive here at Hong Kong International Airport.Here tourists can find Disneyland and the Ngong Ping cable car.
Regardless of what tourists look for in a destination, Hong Kong is unique The energy from the busy streets and people to the exciting skyline and astounding beauty, this city will absorb people into it.