Hong Kong is a self-governing territory in Asia, on the Pearl River Delta. The country is only 427 square miles and has a population of over 7 million, making it the fourth most densely populated country in the world.
The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. The specific type of Chinese spoken most commonly is Cantonese. However, many residents are multi-lingual.
- Hong Kong is not actually considered a country, instead termed a special administrative reason, or SAR, of China.
- Because of British influence, the country has a connection to western athletics. Hong Kong often participates in the Olympic games, as well as other regional events.
- On their birthdays, people in Hong Kong eat long noodles in order to be blessed with a long life.
- Between April and May each year on Cheung Chau Island there is a bun festival to satisfy hungry ghosts that are drifting about the island. Since 2007, the buns comprising the bun towers have been plastic.
- The airport on Lantau Island is connected to the mainland by the Tsing Ma Bridge, which is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.
- There are thousands of skyscrapers in Hong Kong. Many of these are very tall and rank high in lists of some of the tallest around the world. The reason for this is the small size of the country, which has necessitated building up rather than out.