Essential Info for Hong Kong

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Population: Over 7 million

Capital city: Hong Kong

Neighbouring countries: The Chinese mainland encloses the region from the north and Macau is situated across the sea to the west. The east, south and west of Hong Kong is bordered by the South China Sea 

Geography: Hong Kong is hilly and mountainous, with the result that the majority of Hong Kong is undeveloped. There are, however, also some lowlands in the north. 

Political system: Special administrative region of China operating on a "one country, two systems" principle where Hong Kong manages its own affairs except for national defence and diplomatic relations.

Major religions: Chinese folk religion or Buddhism 

Main languages: Chinese and English

Money: The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is divided into 100 cents. Expats can open a bank account using a Hong Kong Identity Card or passport and proof of residence. ATMs are widely available.

Tipping: A service charge of 10 percent is sometimes added to bills, but no additional tip necessary

Time: GMT+8

Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. Three-pin rectangular blade plugs are most common.

Internet domain: .hk

International dialling code: +852

Emergency contacts: The all-purpose emergency number in Hong Kong is 999, and connects to police, ambulance and fire services. The Hong Kong Police Force has a good reputation, and most officers have some knowledge of English. Healthcare is of a high standard and hospitals are widely available.

Transport and driving: Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road. There is a comprehensive public transport system, including the MTR subway, buses and taxis.

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