Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities.
Hong Kong as we know it today was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain.
Within 60 years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 Outlying Islands were also leased to Britain. However, the history of the more than 1,100 square kilometres that Hong Kong now occupies predates the events of the Qing dynasty by more than a thousand years.
And, as you explore the city’s colourful heritage, you’ll discover stories of powerful clans, marauding pirates and European traders. The city is a highly developed territory, ranking seventh on the UN Human Development Index.
The city has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world and its residents have some of the longest life expectancies in the world.