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Coordinates: 22°18′N 114°12′E 22.3, 114.2

Hong Kong

Hong Kong (Chinese ), officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a largely self-governing territory of the People's Republic of China (PRC), located south of Guangdong province and facing the South China Sea to the east, west and south. A British dependent territory until 1997, Hong Kong has a highly developed capitalist economy and enjoys a high degree of autonomy from the PRC under the "one country, two systems" policy.Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a crown colony (later British overseas territories) of the United Kingdom in 1842, and remained so until its transfer of sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997.Along with Macau, Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions under the "one country, two systems" policy. As a result, Hong Kong is largely self-governing, has a high degree of autonomy in all areas except foreign affairs and defence (which are the responsibility of the PRC Government). As part of this arrangement, Hong Kong continues to maintain its own currency, separate legal, political systems and other aspects that concern its way of life , many of which are distinct from those of mainland China.Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting, its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions, Although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a small but significant segment of society. With a population of 7 million people, but only 1,108 km2 (428 sq mi) of land, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.[1]


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