Facts

  • Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
    • 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.
  • Population: 7.2 million
  • Area: 1,098 sq km (424 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), English
  • Major religions: Buddhism, Taoism
  • Life expectancy: 81 (men), 87 (women)
  • Currency Hong: Kong dollar

Notes

  • Hong Kong is generally a stable society underpinned by the rule of law.
  • 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.

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.

Safety and Security

News about Hong Kong

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