Hong Kong is ideally positioned in the centre of rapidly developing East
Asia. With a total area of 1104 square kilometres, it covers Hong Kong
Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Hong Kong was a British
colony from 1842 until its sovereignty was transferred to the People’s
Republic of China in 1997. Hong Kong has one of the world's most liberal
economies and is of great importance as an international centre of finance
and trade as well as a major international and regional aviation hub. The
Hong Kong International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, is served
by all leading international airlines. Hong Kong's population numbered
around 7.1 million in 2010, having risen from about 6.7 million in 2000.
Around 96% of Hong Kong's population is Chinese, the majority of whom are
Cantonese. The official languages are Chinese and English.
Hong Kong offers photographers a wealth of spectacular scenes and its
night-time cityscapes are surely second to none. One of Hong Kong’s many
attractions includes The Peak, which offers fantastic views over the city,
harbour and to the mountains. Another is the Victoria Harbour, which you can
explore from the Star Ferry. Also not to be missed at the harbour is the
Symphony of Lights Show, put on every night and featuring the harbour-front
buildings. Nature lovers shouldn’t miss The Hong Kong Global Geopark of
China, which covers eight stunning scenic areas in the New Territories. Hong
Kong has so many attractions and photographic opportunities that it is
impossible to mention them here. You’ll find a wealth of things to see, do
and photograph on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon, the New Territories and
further afield on the outlying islands.