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Hong Kong visit
Hong Kong Legislative Assembly - Photo: Enochlau (License-cc-by-sa-3-0)
Hong Kong Legislative Assembly - Photo: Enochlau (License-cc-by-sa-3-0)

Hong Kong, called 'Xianggang Tebie Xingzhengqu' by the Chinese, is located on a section of the choppy and mountainous coastline of the China Sea, ideal for Asia's busiest port. From 1898 to 1997, Hong Kong was a territory administered by the United Kingdom and included the island of Hong Kong, small adjacent islands, the Kowloon peninsula and the New Territories. Since 1997, the area has returned to China as a special administrative region.

It is impossible not to be fascinated by all the possibilities that exist in Hong Kong, the main gateway to the East. Titles abound in this Asian destination that, just over a decade ago, in 1997, was returned to China, after 99 years under the administration of the British Empire.

Hong Kong has a 5,7 km long cable car, considered the longest in all of Southeast Asia; owns the first sidewalk of fame in Asia, Avenida das Estrelas; it houses the longest covered staircase in the world, with 800 meters in length that is covered in 20 minutes; daily, 44 buildings light up and star in a show considered by Guinness the “Largest Permanent Event of Light and Sound”; and is proud to have a giant bronze statue of the Buddha, 26 meters high, the largest in the world of its kind.

Hong Kong has an international profile and therefore there should be no lack of options that appeal to the most daring diners to the most sensitive stomachs. European, Mediterranean, Asian and vegetarian food are some of the flavors that have made Hong Kong one of Asia's culinary capitals. It is the main commercial center in China. It has a free market economy, low taxes and minimal intervention by the central government, following the philosophy of one country, two systems.

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