An Overview of Hong Kong as a Country
Hong Kong’s official name is: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and is often referred to as Hong Kong SAR as well.
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of China which consists of the following territories: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, New Territories, and more than 200 small islands in the area.
Despite having an image of chaotic development, Hong Kong has a lot of nature as only 25% of its landmass is developed due to its mountainous terrain. Most of the development is concentrated in the southern area of the Kowloon peninsula and the northern part of Hong Kong Island.
As a result of the Opium War, Hong Kong was colonized by the British back in 1941. It is only in July 1997 that Hong Kong was “returned” back to mainland China. Although the region was handed over to China, Hong Kong still runs under the “one country, two systems” principle which enables HK to maintain separate economic and political systems from mainland China. Due to the colonization, English is also considered as Hong Kong’s official language.
Due to Hong Kong’s geographic location, its climate is generally warm and humid year-round.
Summer is Sunny, Hot and Humid. Average temperature ranges from 26 to Occasional showers, thunderstorms, and typhoons.
Autumn is probably the best time to visit as there are only a few rainy days on average. The majority of the days are clear and sunny with Average temperatures of 19 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Winter is cool, cloudy and relatively dry. Average temperature ranges from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Spring can be cool in the evening but temperature and humidity start to rise. Average temperate ranges from 17 to 26 degrees Celsius.
The entrance to Hong Kong – Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and acts as a hub for both passengers and logistics. Once inside Hong Kong, you will notice that the public transportation network is highly developed. The main means of transportation consists of the MTR subway, buses, and trams. There is even a ferry that connects Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.
Needless to say, this makes getting around in Hong Kong easy.
As of the end of 2016, Hong Kong’s population is reportedly over 7.3 million people, making it one of the most densely populated territories in the world.
Of the 7.3 million population, the labor force is almost 4 million with an unemployment rate just over 1% (as of writing this article). Of the 7.3M people living in Hong Kong, roughly 85% of them have access to the internet and roughly 70% are smartphone users. This is great news for all businesses as it means they are only one online search away from potential customers. Therefore, search engine optimization in Hong Kong is an excellent way to take your business to the next level.
The GDP of Hong Kong for Q1 2017 was 627,383 million Hong Kong Dollars. Hong Kong enjoys one of the highest per-capita income in the whole wide world but, unfortunately, it has the largest income gap in the world as well.
Finance, Trade, and Tourism make up Hong Kong’s most lucrative industries and is responsible for the economic growth it has experienced.
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