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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

A flag with a white 5-petalled flower design on solid red background A red circular emblem, with a white 5-petalled flower design in the centre, and surrounded by the words "Hong Kong" and "中華人民共和國香港特別行政區"
Flag Emblem
Anthem: March of the Volunteers[1]


City flower
Bauhinia blakeana (洋紫荊)
Location of Hong Kong within China
Location of Hong Kong
Official languages
Recognised regional languages Cantonese[3]
Official scripts[4] English alphabet
Traditional Chinese
Ethnic groups
Government Special administrative
region of China
 • Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
 • Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma
 • Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam
 • Financial Secretary John Tsang
 • Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen
 • President of the Legislative Council Jasper Tsang
Legislature Legislative Council
 • British possession 26 January 1841
 • Treaty of Nanking 29 August 1842
 • Convention of Peking 18 October 1860
 • Second Convention of Peking 1 July 1898
 • Japanese occupation 25 December 1941
to 15 August 1945
 • Transfer of sovereignty
from the United Kingdom
1 July 1997
 • Total 1,104 km2 (179th)
426 sq mi
 • Water (%) 4.58 (50 km2; 19 sq mi)[6]
 • 2014 estimate 7,234,800[7] (100th)
 • Density 6,544[5]/km2
17,024/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2015 estimate
 • Total $412.300 billion[8](44th)
 • Per capita $56,428[8] (10th)
GDP (nominal) 2015 estimate
 • Total $310.074 billion[8](36th)
 • Per capita $42,437[8] (18th)
Gini (2011) 53.7[9]
HDI (2014) Increase 0.910[10]
very high · 12th
Currency Hong Kong dollar(HK$) (HKD)
Time zone (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+8)
Date format dd-mm-yyyy
Drives on the left
Calling code +852
ISO 3166 code HK
Internet TLD .hk   .香港
a. ^ The political structure of SAR is a multi-party system.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong in Chinese 2.svg
Chinese 香港
Literal meaning Fragrant Harbour
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Traditional Chinese 香港特別行政區 (香港特區)
Simplified Chinese 香港特别行政区 (香港特区)

Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港; literally: “Fragrant Harbour”), officially Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of China at the Pearl River Estuary and the South China Sea.[11] Hong Kong is known for its skyline and deep natural harbour.[12] It has a land area of 1104 km2 and shares its northern border with Guangdong Province of Mainland China. With around 7.2 million inhabitants of various nationalities,[note 1] Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises.

After the First Opium War (1839–42), Hong Kong became a British colony with the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island, followed by Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and a 99-year lease of the New Territories from 1898. Hong Kong remained under continuous British control for about a century until the Second World War, when Japan occupied the colony from December 1941 to August 1945. British control resumed in 1945 following the Surrender of Japan. In the 1980s, negotiations between theUnited Kingdom and China resulted in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which provided for the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong on 30 June 1997. The territory became a special administrative region of China with a high degree of autonomy[13]on 1 July 1997 under the principle of one country, two systems.[14][15] Disputes over the perceived misapplication of this principle have contributed to popular protests, including the 2014 Umbrella Revolution.

In the late 1970s, Hong Kong became a major entrepôt in Asia-Pacific. The territory has developed into a major global trade hub and financial centre.[16] The 44th-largest economy in the world,[17] Hong Kong ranks top 10 in GDP (PPP) per capita, but also has the most severe income inequality among advanced economies. Hong Kong is one of the three most important financial centres alongside New York and London,[18] and the world’s number one tourist destination city.[19] The territory has been named the freest market economy.[20] The service economy, characterised by free trade and low taxation, has been regarded as one of the world’s most laissez-faire economic policies, and the currency, the Hong Kong dollar, is the 13th most traded currency in the world.[21]

The Hong Kong Basic Law is its quasi-constitution which empowers the region to develop relations and make agreements directly with foreign states and regions, as well as international organizations, in a broad range of appropriate fields.[22] It is an independent member of APEC, the IMF, WTO, FIFA and International Olympic Committee among others.

Limited land created a dense infrastructure and the territory became a centre of modern architecture, and has a larger number of highrises than any other city in the world.[23][24] Hong Kong has a highly developed public transportation network covering 90 per cent of the population, the highest in the world, and relies on mass transit by road or rail.[25][26] Air pollutionremains a serious problem.[27][28] Loose emissions standards have resulted in a high level of atmospheric particulates.[29]Nevertheless, residents of Hong Kong (sometimes referred to as Hongkongers) enjoy one of the longest life expectancies in the world.[30][31]