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Hong Kong
Hong Kong is located in the Far East, just south of the Tropic of Cancer. Hong Kong Island is 32km (20 miles) east of the mouth of Pearl River and 135km (84 miles) southeast of Canton. It is separated from the mainland by a good natural harbour. It has a total land area of approximately 1,000 square kilometers. That land area comprises a number of islands, including Hong Kong island itself, and a portion of Mainland China. Hong Kong has a population of approximately six million. Local time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon peninsula were ceded to the British Government in perpetuity in 1842 and 1860 respectively. The remaining land was leased from China in 1898. That lease expired in mid 1997 and the ceded territory returned to China. China has resumed sovereignty special arrangements made in respect of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and promulgated by the Chinese Government providing that the existing system will continue for fifty years after the return of the territory to China.

The climate in Hong Kong is tropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall the official language is Mandarin (or Putonghua). Local dialect is Yue (Cantonese) and English.

The local highlights: shopping paradise, the Chi Lin Nunnery, Ocean Park, etc.

Ocean Park is situated in the south of the Hong Kong Island, comprises the "lowland" and "headland" sections connected by scenic cable cars, from which a superb view of the South China Sea can be obtained. Its fascinating themed areas and theatre afford you a glimpse into the stunning diversity of marine life. Compared to other South East Asian marine parks, the facilities and bio-diversity featured here is unrivalled. It also has a host of exhilarating amusement facilities, offering great fun and excitement.

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are located on Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong. Not far from Po Lin Monastery - Hong Kong's biggest Buddhist temple - is the world's largest seated outdoor bronze statue of the Buddha. As the design of the circular altar is inspired by that of the altar at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the statue is also described as the Tiantan (meaning "the Temple of Heaven") Giant Buddha. With its superb location, the majestic and serene statue draws ever-increasing numbers of pilgrims and visitors each year.