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Hong Kong is a crowded, prospering, international metropolis where life moves like clockwork: busy but orderly.
More than 150 years of British colonial rule in Hong Kong could not wash off the influence of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese civilization. The exchange and mutual permeation of cultures have made Hong Kong unique as a place where East meets West and ancient meets modern.
Since July 1, 1997, when Hong Kong returned to the motherland, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has made every effort to maintain the prosperity and stability of the region, following the principles of "One Country, Two Systems" and "Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong." Although Hong Kong also suffered from the Asian financial crisis, the city has not lost its status as the financial and trading center of the entire Asian region.
Hong Kong is also a charming place, a paradise for tourists. Here, visitors can experience the fun of sightseeing and shopping and enjoy delicious food and fine entertainment.

The Dynamic Beauty of Hong Kong
Hong Kong includes Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, Hong Kong Island, and 260 other islands. The convenient transportation lets tourists visit several scenic spots in one day without excessive transport costs.
Hong Kong's economic and commercial district is known as Central, and it features ultramodern commercial towers and classical British buildings, vividly contrasting with each other. Among the most noticeable are the Bank of China Tower and the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters Tower.
On the seashore of Wan Chai, there is a new building shaped like a flying roc. It is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, where the Hong Kong handover ceremony was held in 1997. At 8:00 every morning, a ceremony for raising the national flag of the People's Republic of China and the regional flag of the Hong Kong SAR is held in front of the Redbud Statue on Xinyi (New Wing) Square.
The best place for seeing all of Hong Kong at once is at the top of Victoria Peak, the highest place on Hong Kong Island. Tourists can go to the top of the 554-meter hill by an old-fashioned tram, and after dark, they can enjoy the fascinating night view of Victoria Bay.
For nature lovers, the seashores, islands, zoos, and botanical gardens will show the peaceful and pure side of Hong Kong. Tourists who like exploration can visit specialized museums like the Hong Kong Museum of History, where relics and photographs illustrate the history of the city.


A Paradise for Shoppers
Hong Kong is an international port for free trade. Because of the low tax rate and duty-free policies, many famous-brand commodities and specialty products from around the world gather here. The prices are surprisingly low, sometimes even lower than in the countries of origin.
Hong Kong's busiest commercial areas are Central on northern Hong Kong Island and the districts on the southern part of Kowloon Peninsula. These areas feature countless commercial buildings, restaurants, large shopping centers, and old-time markets with peddlers and stalls.
Hong Kong keeps pace with international trends. Famous-brand clothes, watches, leather articles, and jewelry from around the world are sold in commercial buildings such as the Landmark in Central, Times Square in Causeway Bay, Pacific Place in Admiralty, and Harbor City in Kowloon. Shoppers looking for bargains can go to the Temple Street Market (also known as Men's Street) in Kowloon, the Ladies' Market in Mong Kok, and the many specialized stores scattered along the streets and lanes.


Eden for Epicureans
Chefs from almost every corner of China give full play to their ability here, offering world-famous Chinese food. The large Chinese restaurants in the downtown area are known for their first-class cooking, and no tourist should miss Cantonese-cooked seafood. The most important thing to look for in seafood is freshness, and at the seashore restaurants, tourists can enjoy seafood just fished from sea. Among the most famous places for seafood are Sai Kung Port in Kowloon, Lei Yue Mun, and Lamma Island.
Hong Kong may be small, but it has food from around the world. Chinese and foreigners have lived together here for many years, and more and more Chinese people are acquiring a taste for Western food. Some areas have a concentration of Western bars and restaurants, and the Lan Kwai Fong and Soho districts in Central are famous at home and abroad for European bars and for a variety of restaurants offering foods of different countries and regions, including Northern European countries, Spain, India, and Nepal.