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  • Officially » 中華人民共和國香港特別行政區
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

Facts

  • Population » 7.2 million
  • Area » 1,098 sq km (424 sq miles)
  • Languages » Chinese (mainly Cantonese), English
  • Religions » Buddhism, Taoism
  • Life expectancy » 81 (men), 87 (women)
  • Currency Hong » Kong dollar

Geography

  • Area » 1,110.18 km2 (428.64 sq mi)
  • A metropolitan area and special administrative region of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta in South China.

Notes

  • Hong Kong SAR became part of China in 1997, when Britain’s 99-year lease of the New Territories, north of Hong Kong island, expired.
  • The Communist Party of China, the founding and ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China, is increasing pressure on Hong Kong to gain full control.
    • Despite recent large scale protests, Beijing is unlikely to back down in the long term.
    • While demonstrations are usually conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner,
    • The struggle to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy will be long and difficult
      • On Sunday 9 June 2019, up to two million people took to the streets of Hong Kong protesting changes to Hong Kong’s extradition laws with China.
    • Updated May 2021 »
      • Hong Kong is was a semi-autonomous, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Beijing is increasingly putting draconian controls on the region and it is difficult to honestly say it is still self governing or that the one country two systems is still valid.
      • Hong Kong is was generally a stable society underpinned by the rule of law. Since the crack down by Beijing, it has become an unstable state.
      • Reference » BBC

Tourism

  • Canadians do not required tourist or business visas for stays of up to 90 days
    • Canadians travelling to mainland China via Hong Kong must obtain a Chinese visa before arrival.
Map of Hong Kong (Source » France, 2021)

Map of Hong Kong (Source » France, 2021)

Overlanding

  • Only access is through China
    • Not practical
    • It is very difficult to obtain permission and permits to overland through China, and also very expensive.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018