Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous region on the southern coast of China geographically enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Hong Kong is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour, and with a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of over seven million people, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
But Hong Kong is much more than a harbour city. The traveller weary of its crowded streets may be tempted to describe it as Hong Kongcrete. Yet, this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands is mostly a rural landscape. Much of the countryside is classified as Country Park and, although 7 million people are never far away, it is possible to find pockets of wilderness that will reward the more intrepid tourist.
The Peak is one of Hong Kong’s major tourist attractions and a “must visit” destination for visitors. Dominating Hong Kong Island this mountain (552 metres at the summit) offers spectacular panoramic views day and night across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, parts of the New Territories and several of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. The Peak also has some of the most expensive and desirable residences in the world and is home to celebrities, leading government officials and company taipans.