Essential Info for Hong Kong

Official name: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Population: Over 7 million

Capital city: Hong Kong

Neighbouring countries: Hong Kong is spread over a number of islands – most notably Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. Part of Hong Kong also extends to Mainland China, north of Hong Kong Island. The west, east and south of Hong Kong are bordered by the South China Sea.

Geography: Most of Hong Kong is hilly and mountainous, with the result that many areas of Hong Kong are undeveloped. Many of the city-state's developed areas are built on reclaimed land.

Political system: As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is autonomous on most fronts, excluding defence and foreign affairs.

Major religions: Chinese folk religion or Buddhism 

Main languages: Chinese and English

Money: The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is divided into 100 cents. It's relatively easy for expats to open a local bank account and ATMs are widely available.

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

Time: GMT+8

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz. Plugs are UK-style with three flat blades.

Internet domain: .hk

International dialling code: +852

Emergency contact: 999

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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