Hong Kong spreads out over 1,100 square kilometres on the southern coast of China. Main areas include Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Hong Kong Island lies south of Kowloon and the two are separated by Victoria Harbour. The New Territories lie north of Kowloon and run up to the boundary with mainland China at Lo Wu. The New Territories also include more than 260 outlying islands.
Hong Kong is the heart of Asia, its magnificent harbour has been the key to its development as a trading port and entreport for China, progressing through an industrial era to become a leading financial and services centre in Asia. The unique blend of eastern and western influences, matched by diverse attractions and stunning countryside, has also made Hong Kong Asia's prime tourist destination.
Hong Kong offers a host of memorable tourist attractions within its compact area, with The Peak, Victoria Harbour and the Giant Buddha among the most awe-inspiring. Visitors will be amazed by the diverse contrasts and close proximity of stunning cityscapes and soaring mountains, heritage sites and extensive green countryside.
Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. Over 95% of the residents speak Cantonese and Mandarin (Putonghua) is increasingly widespread. English is the common language in international business.
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, being temperate for nearly half the year, with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers. Current weather and 7-day weather forcast can be checked from Hong Kong Observatory.
A helpful way to plan your visit is to use the DiscoverHongKong web site. Visitors traveling to Hong Kong by air carriers will fly directly or connect to Hong Kong International Airport.
Citizens of most European and North American citizens do not require a visa to visit Hong Kong. Please consult the Hong Kong Government site.