Hong Kong

Hong Kong

One of my favorite novelists is James Clavell perhaps most famous as the author of Shogun. But he also wrote two of my favorite novels each set in Hong Kong. The first was Tai Pan, set in 1841, with one of my favorite heroes of all time and the second was Noble House set in the modern era. These novels left me with powerful images of Hong Kong, including the landslides and typhoons which can affect the island as well as the highly competitive economic markets. So it was with great pleasure that I revisited Hong Kong in this blog. 

This 7-minute video gives a wonderful overview of Hong Kong. This fun, 4-minute video done in ‘hyperlapse’ gives a different view of Hong Kong. Alert: the images move quickly. This 6-minute video gives yet another view of Hong Kong, this time featuring a more balanced look at the territory which includes gardens, Buddhist temples, and some of the local islands in addition to the city. 

FunFacts about Hong Kong: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in South China. Along with Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and several other major cities in Guangdong, the territory forms a core part of the Pearl River Delta metropolitan region, the most populated area in the world. With over 7.4 million Hongkongers of various nationalities in a territory of 1,104 square kilometres (426 sq mi), Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world. (Source)
  • Hong Kong was at one time a colony of the British Empire.
  • In 2017, the population was estimated at 7,400,000.
  • The area of Hong Kong shows human habitation 39,000 years ago.
  • In the 1500s, Portuguese merchants traded here.
  • During the ‘Opium Wars of 1841 and 1842’, the clash between China and British forces resulted in Hong Kong Island being ceded in perpetuity to the United Kingdom. At that time, Hong Kong was a fishing village and had a population of around 7400 people.
  • In 1849, Hong Kong became a stopping point for migrant workers who hoped to benefit from the California Gold Rush.
  • The British colony of Hong Kong was expanded in 1899 with a 100-year lease that added more territory, including over 200 islands.
  • In 1941, during World War II, Japan gained control of Hong Kong. The same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded Hong Kong. The battle for occupation took 17 days. Britain resumed control in 1945.
  • The end of British Colonial rule, quote: On 1 July 1997, sovereignty over Hong Kong was officially transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China, marking the end of 156 years of colonial rule. As Britain’s last major and most economically successful colony, the handover effectively represented the end of the British Empire. (Source)
  • Hong Kong is located at the mouth of the Pearl River on the southern coast of China not far from Macao.
  • Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly-to-mountainous. The highest point in the region is at 3100 feet (957 meters).
  • Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate.
  • At over 1200 in number, Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world.
  • Freedom of religion is part of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
  • Hong Kong is a strong economic force and has the 35th largest economy in the world. Given its size and population, this is an amazing statistic. It is the world’s 7th largest importer/exporter.
  • Hong Kong is considered a true hybrid of East and West, quote: …reflecting the cultural blend of traditional Chinese values emphasizing family and education with progressive Western ideals, including economic liberty and the rule of law. (Source)

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