Hong Kong is situated on the south east coast of China. It has a total land area
of approximately 1,000 square kilometers. That land area comprises a number of
islands, including Hong Kong island itself, and a portion of mainland China.
Hong Kong has a population of approximately six million. Local time is eight
hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic
of China on July 1, 1997, after a century and a half of British administration.
Under Hong Kong's constitutional document, the Basic Law, the existing economic,
legal and social system will be maintained for 50 years. The SAR enjoys a high
degree of autonomy except in defence and foreign affairs.
Hong Kong remains a relative powerhouse in world trade and with a comparatively
small population of more than 7 million, is one of the top twenty trading
economies, the world's third largest financial centre, and vies with Singapore
as the largest container port by volume. Hong Kong remains the most significant
gateway into Southern China.
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