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The 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland

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Hong Kong ABCs

  • Hong Kong ABCs (1): History

    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 international cities.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (2): Government

    The chief executive is the head of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (3): The Basic Law

    THE Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was adopted April 4, 1990 by the Seventh National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China. It came into effect July 1, 1997.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (4): Language & Population

    HONG KONG can mostly thank its international harbor for the rich blend of cultures that provide its unique character.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (5): Financial center

    HONG KONG is a global center for world trade, finance, business and telecommunications, strategically located at the doorstep of the mainland’s huge and vibrant economy.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (6): Economic sections

    PRIMARY production, including agriculture, fisheries, mining and quarrying, is insignificant in terms of both value-added contributions to Hong Kong’s GDP and share in total employment

  • Hong Kong ABCs (7): Economic links

    FOLLOWING several decades of reform and opening up on the mainland, cross-boundary economic ties are now stronger than ever.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (8): Stock market

    HONG KONG’S stock market capitalization, at about HK$24.7 trillion at the end of 2015, ranked eighth in the world and fourth in Asia.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (9): Employment

    IN 2015, the labor force totaled 3.91 million people, of whom 51 percent were men and 49 percent were women.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (10): Education

    IN an increasingly competitive and connected world, education is of vital importance.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (11): HKU

    THE University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is commonly known to students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (12): CUHK

    FOUNDED in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, while bringing together China and the West.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (13): Primary care services

    HONG KONG has a high-quality health-care system supported by a highly professional team of workers.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (14): Health-care services

    SECONDARY, tertiary and specialized health-care services are available mainly at the Hospital Authority’s hospitals and specialist clinics.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (15): Social welfare services

    SERVICES for families in need are provided at three levels.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (16): Public rental housing

    IN the fourth quarter of 2015, about 2.15 million people, or 30 percent of the population, live in public rental flats of the Housing Authority and Hong Kong Housing Society.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (17): Subsidized flats & private-sector housing

    IN response to the aspirations of low- to middle-income families for home ownership, the Hong Kong SAR Government provides subsidized flats as part of its housing policy.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (18): Rail transport

    MTR railways are safe, efficient, reliable, comfortable and environment-friendly mass carriers.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (19): Buses

    FRANCHISED buses are the largest road-based carriers, accounting for 31 percent of the total daily public transport volume.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (20): Physical features, flora and fauna

    HONG KONG’S natural terrain is characterized by rugged uplands flanked by steep slopes.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (21): Mass media

    The availability of the latest telecommunications technology and keen interest in Hong Kong’s affairs have attracted many international news agencies, newspapers with international readership.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (22):Broadcasting

    The government’s broadcasting policy objectives are to widen program choice and diversity through competition, to facilitate the introduction of innovative broadcasting services and to...

  • Hong Kong ABCs (23): Information technology

    THROUGH its Digital 21 Strategy, the Hong Kong SAR Government strives to establish the city as a leading digital economy.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (24): Religion

    Buddhism is one of the main religions practiced in Hong Kong, with around 1 million followers and over 400 temples, some dating back more than 700 years.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (25): Major tourism

    Hong Kong has made special efforts to promote MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions), cruise tourism, mega events and green tourism.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (26): Parks

    Hong Kong Park is located at the former military barracks in Central District, occupying an area of about eight hectares.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (27): Culture and arts venues

    Opened in 1989, the Hong Kong Cultural Center has established itself as the territory’s premier performing arts facility, attracting leading artists from around the world.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (28): Hong Kong Jockey Club

    Horse racing has been a feature of Hong Kong life for more than 170 years. Today, it is Hong Kong’s most popular spectator sport, attracting a total attendance of 2.07 million in 2014-15, including many tourists.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (29): Sports venues

    Hong Kong Stadium is the territory’s largest outdoor sports venue, with seating for 40,000 people.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (30): Public order

    The Police Force’s commitment to maintaining law and order helps ensure Hong Kong remains one of the world’s safest and most stable cities.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (31): Banking

    Hong Kong maintains three tiers of deposit-taking institutions: licensed banks (LBs), restricted license banks (RLBs) and deposit-taking companies (DTCs).

  • Hong Kong ABCs (32): Fund exchange

    Exchange fund’s primary statutory role under the Exchange Fund Ordinance is to affect the exchange value of the Hong Kogn Dollar.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (33): Civil service

    The civil service is a permanent, honest, meritocratic, professional and politically neutral institution responsible to the chief executive.

  • Hong Kong ABCs(34):Ombudsman & Audit Commission

    The Ombudsman (established under The Ombudsman Ordinance) is the city’s independent watchdog of public administration.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (35): Must eat

    Chinese tea culture features strongly in Hong Kong but the local milk tea is a more recent concoction, having only come on the scene in the 1950s.

  • Hong Kong ABCs(36): The Peak

    The view is what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of the New Territories.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (37): Avenue of Stars

    The Avenue of Stars is the eastern node of several tourist attractions along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. It was open to the general public April 28, 2004 with an opening ceremony held the previous day.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (38): Temple Street Night Market

    When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (39): Lan Kwai Fong

    Lan Kwai Fong is a small square of streets in Central, Hong Kong. The area was dedicated to hawkers before World War II, but underwent a renaissance in the mid-1980s. The street Lan Kwai Fong is L-shaped with two ends joining with D’Aguilar Street.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (40): Ocean Park

    Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animals, thrill rides and shows.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (41): Golden Bauhinia Square

    The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 handover.

  • Hong Kong ABCs (42): Clock Tower

    Standing 44 meters tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus.