Area & Location: Situated on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta on the southeastern coast of China, Hong Kong lies 60 km east of Macau. The city covers a total area of 1,103 sq. km with 4.6% covered by water. Hong Kong is home to 7,041,000 of its residents.
Tourist Attractions : Hong Kong is the most visited city of the World. Hong Kong entices the tourists to its soil with its fantastic events and attractions.
Hotels: Hong Kong offers a wide array of hotels that are suitable for business people as well as tourists. The conference halls and clubs available in these hotels, make it convenient for the business people to hold discussions and take important decisions. The various amenities such as Internet, telephone also help them to successfully conduct such meetings. The swimming pools, playground etc are the main attractions that persuade tourists to prefer these hotels. Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel Tower, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Conrad Hong Kong, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong and Kowloon Shangri-La are the world-class hotels that provide custom made reception to its guests.
Places of Attraction: Expatriates who wish to travel from country to country to enjoy themselves, definitely visit Hong Kong. The city attracts tourists with its magnificent parks and islands from where they can enjoy the fabulous city. Victoria Peak is the best place to get a panoramic view of the city. Ocean Park - one of the top theme parks and aquariums really enthrall the visitors. Aberdeen, the largest satellite tower helps the people to have a glimpse of the city. Kowloon Park and the Hong Kong Space Museum are also popular tourists destinations.
Hong Kong History
A study of Hong Kong history reveals that the city was a Chinese Empire before the British came in following to the Opium Wars of the 19th century. The First Opium War came to an end with the treaty of Nanking in 1841. As per the terms of the treaty, Hong Kong Island went under the British administration. Sir Henry Pottinger was elected as the first Governor of Hong Kong. According to the treaty between the British and Chinese in 1984, Hong Kong was granted autonomy especially in the economic sector. The modern history of Hong Kong reveals that a pro-Beijing political party named Democratic Party for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) was formed. This party brought the Legislative Council under its domination after the first election under the Chinese hegemony. Tung Chee Hwa, who was elected as the Chief Executive in 2002 for the second time, resigned on 10th March, 2005
Ching Ming Festival
Ching Ming Festival is also known as the 'Remembrance of Ancestors Day' or the 'Grave Sweeping Day'. The festival is one among the 24 segments in Chinese calendar. It is celebrated on 4th or 5th April, which depends on the Cold Food Day, celebrated 105 days after the winter solstice. It is one of the Hong Kong festivals sharing some similarity with the Chung Yeung festival.
Chung Yeung Festival
Chung Yeung Festival is one of the important Hong Kong events. The festival is celebrated on the ninth moon day to remember and pay tribute to the forefathers. The festival is also known as the Autumn Remembrance and bears similarity with the Ching Ming festival, which is celebrated during the spring season.
Hong Kong Demography
According to the July, 2007 report, approximately 6,980,412 people live in Hong Kong city. A blend of different ethnic communities is a characteristic of Hong Kong Demography. 94.9% of the population is Chinese, 2.1% Filipino and 3% belong to other communities (2001 report). 10% of the Hong Kong population follows Christianity.
People of Hong Kong are called Chinese or Hong Konger. They speak in either Cantonese or English language. The literacy rate is quite high in Hong Kong. About 96.9% of the male population and 89.6% of the female population of the city are literate. People can cast their vote after attaining the age of 18 years.
The birth rate in Hong Kong is 7.34 births per 1,000 people. 0.956 male(s) per female is the sex ratio in the city. The growth rate of the population in Hong Kong city is about an approximate of 0.56%. Hong Kong demography also features that it is one of the most thickly populated regions in the world. The highest concentration of people in Hong Kong belongs to the age group of 15 to 64 years.
Hong Kong Emergency Numbers
|Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance)||999|
|Police Hotline||2527 7177|
|Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline||2508 1234|
|Hong Kong International Airport||2181 8888|
|Hong Kong Immigration Department||2824 6111|
|Department of Health||2961 8989|
|Consumer Council||2929 2222|
|RTHK's service hotline (Newsline) for the latest news||2272 0000|
|Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong||2807 0707|
|Customs and Excise Department Enquiry Hotline||2815 7711|
|Hongkong Post||2921 2222|
|Weather (Hong Kong Observatory)||1878 200|
|Hong Kong Hotels Association Hotel Reservation Hotline||2383 8380 / 2769 8822|
|International Enquiries Service (Country Codes & World Time Inquiries)||10013|
Hong Kong Banks
Banks in Hong Kong have a three tier system of banking. There are three variations of banks in the city of Hong Kong. The three tier Hong Kong Banks include licensed banks, restricted licensed banks, deposit-taking institutions and deposit-taking companies. All these companies are collectively known as Hong Kong Monetary Authority. The licensed Hong Kong Banks are those which operate the savings and the current accounts and are engaged in the deposit and maturity of the public cheques. The restricted licensed banks of Hong Kong participate in the merchant banking and the activities related to the capital market. These banks also take care of the maturity of the amounts that are more than HK$500,000. The deposit taking companies are owned by the Hong Kong Banks. These companies take care of the activities related to customer finance and the securities business. The restricted licensed banks are specialized in dealing with the deposits related to any amount that is more than HK$ 100,000 and has a term maturity of minimum three months.