Hong Kong

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Hong Kong comprises with the New Territories Peninsula, Kowloon peninsula, and 263 islands.  The New Territories Peninsula makes up 86.2% of Hong Kong’s territory. The most famous islands are Lantau island and Hong Kong island. The largest island is Lantau island, which is twice the size of the Hong Kong island. Hong Kong island is the second largest, and it is also the political and commercial center. Hong Kong is divided into 18 political districts, each has their district council. One of the districts is called island district. It consists of some twenty large and small islands in the southern and the south-western waters of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was once under British control. After the first Opium War, Hong Kong Island became the British colony, then later the Kowloon Peninsula, followed by the New Territories. hong-kong-harbor-night-cruise-and-dinner-at-victoria-peak-in-hong-kong-114436The area was leased to the British government for 99 years since 1898. It remained in British control until the Second World War, then it was taken over by Japanese government for 3 years and 8 months. After the Japanese surrendered, it was back to British control for another 52 years. In 1997, Hong Kong was given back to China.

Hong Kong is governed under the principle of One Country, Two System, that is  it can remain in Capitalism while the Chinese Mainland has communism.

imagesHong Kong’s economy flourished since 1970s. It became  a major entrepôt in Asia-Pacific. Now it is regarded as a world city. It ranks top 10 in GDP per capita. Hong Kong is among the three most important financial centers of the world, along with London and New York City.

Because it has limited land, its population density is one of highest in the world. Limited land created a dense infrastructure and the territory became a centre of modern architecture, and one of the world’s most vertical cities.Hong Kong has a highly developed public transportation network covering 90 per cent of the population, the highest in the world, and relies on mass transit by road or rail.

However, the reason why Hong Kong attracts me so much is not because of its economy or HongKong-delicious-food_thumbhigh buildings, it’s because of the food!!! I love the food in Hong Kong. In fact, Hong Kong is known as the ” World’s Food Fair”, which means tourists can find food from all over the world there. People can have all the authentic cuisines from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Europe, and America. The Sweet and Sour Pork and Wontons are very famous dishes there. The picture on the right presents the small portion of the kind of food that people would eat for breakfast. They are really delicious, and looking at them make me so hungry!

Besides the food, Hong Kong has many places that attracts tourists to visit. One famous place is called The Peak. It is the must go place if you ever going to visit Hong Kong. It is the highest point in Hong Kong, and view from there is gorgeous. During the day time, you can see the sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. Below is the picture I took while I was visiting the Peak. It was a rainy day, so you can see the heavy clouds and dark sky.
honeymoon in June,2011 008Another place is called Lan Kwai Fong. It is one of the most popular nightlife hotspot. It has over 90 restaurants and bars. They are all amazing. I had authentic Indian food and Japanese food there, I still remember the taste. It says that if you want to become a celebrity, Lan Kwai Fong is a must place for you to go. Because it is the place that many undercover scouts like to go.

Hong Kong has many great movie stars, the most famous two are Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

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If you want to visit Hong Kong, you don’t have to worry about the language barrier. Most of the Hong Kong people speak English, which makes communication very easy for foreign tourists. Besides English, they also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, which are two very different languages.
Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/top-10/the-peak.jsp#ixzz3raSgVEbb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong

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2 Responses to Hong Kong

  1. wcturgeon says:

    I think we need to consult you for our Honors trip! Wouldn’t Hong Kong be fabulous? Unfortunately I think it is pretty expensive.

    • Barbara says:

      It is expensive, that’s the downside. But we can make our Honors trip to Beijing, Xi’an, and Luoyang. They were all old capitals of ancient dynasties in history.

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