HONG KONG

It may be compact but Hong Kong still punches well above its weight class when it comes to entertaining visitors. Here you will find the city’s most popular attractions, its favourite amusement parks and all the best ways to enjoy its centrepiece — the beautiful Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong is a city, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.
Population: 7.188 million (2013) World Bank

The Basic Law of Hong Kong stipulates that both Chinese (in the de facto standard of Cantonese) and English are the official languages in Hong Kong. During the British colonial era, English was the sole official language until 1974. As the majority of the population in Hong Kong are either migrants or descendants of migrants from China’s Guangdong Province, the vast majority speak standard Cantonese or other Yue Chinese varieties as a first language, with smaller numbers of speakers of Hakka Chinese or the Teochew dialect of Southern Min. In addition, immigrants and expatriates from the West and other Asian countries such as the United Kingdom and the Philippines have contributed much to Hong Kong’s linguistic and demographic diversity.

The Hong Kong Dollar is the currency of Hong Kong

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