Hong Kong, located on the southeast coast of China, is divided into four areas, namely Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the Outlying Islands, and the New Territories.

Occupying an area of 1,104 square kilometers (425 square miles), Hong Kong is technically not a country all on its own but more like a territory of China.

Hong Kong was a former British colony for 99 years, which perhaps explains the seemingly aristocratic flair that still pervades its narrow alleys and business districts. Officially referred to as a special administrative region of China, Hong Kong enjoys autonomy, with its own government led by the chief executive.

This means that Hong Kong does not have a socialist system, unlike the People’s Republic of China. This special arrangement with China has been in place since 1997, when the historic handover rites brought Hong Kong back within the fold of Mainland China.

This is an example of the successful enforcement of the policy called “one country, two systems,” and will end after 50 years. Because of this, Hong Kong is able to maintain its financial and commercial stead in Asia.

Thus, remaining a cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong is a popular tourist destination with shopping as its main attraction. Numerous other sights and sounds also attract visitors from around the world.

Its tolerance for various religious groups such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism, is of great advantage to its multi-cultural appeal.

While the main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese (over 88% of the people are likely to communicate using this dialect), tourists need not fear because English is also widely used as an official language.

Hong Kong’s culture is defined by a fast-paced lifestyle. It’s a city that doesn’t sleep, fueled by efficiency and resilience. The people are attuned to the ways of the Western world, as evidenced by the modern comforts travelers can find in this cosmopolitan city. In fact, some of the world’s best hotels and restaurants are found there.

Whether your visit to Hong Kong is for business or leisure, you won’t have to worry so much about adapting to the culture and the people there.

Using your electronic devices won’t be too bothersome either, as most hotels have universal sockets. Just to be sure though, you may still want to bring along an adaptor that is appropriate for 220 V, with three circular or rectangular pins.

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