The tourism industry has been an important part of the economy of Hong Kong
Its majestic harbor beckons, with 8.7 million visitors expected this year, but Hong Kong’s popularity has declined by one rank since last year, putting it behind Kuala Lumpur. If you’re thinking of taking public transit into town from the airport.
Total Area: 1,104 km2
Local Language: Chinese
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
Time Zone: HKT (UTC+8)
Major Airport: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Major Airlines: Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways, Air Hong Kong, China Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air India
A hurly-burly concoction of capitalism and exoticism, Hong Kong is one of the most thrilling and happening cities on the face of earth. It is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China where around 6.9 million souls live amid high-risers and sky-scrappers. Tracing the history of the city, we find that it was established by Europeans, developed by Asians and is now governed by the Chinese.
Despite of the emerging competition from Shanghai, the city successfully retained its stature as one of the world’s largest financial hubs. The principal urban area of the city is spread along Hong Kong Island’s northern shoreline, which is scattered with traces of old colonial buildings, British place names and super modern cityscape of towering buildings.
In Hong Kong, one can see a fine blend of its native culture and an influence of the modern capitalism. While navigating through the jam-packed sidewalks, one will find the streets illuminated by neon signage and filled with smoke coming out of the canteens.