- 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
- 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.
- 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.