Hong Kong has the big city specials like smog, odor, 14 million elbows
and an insane love of clatter. But it's also efficient, hushed and
peaceful: the transport network is excellent, the shopping centers are
sublime, and the temples and quiet corners of parks are contemplative
The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting flummoxed
and fired by the confluences and contradictions of a Chinese city with
multi-Asian and Western elements. It's about savoring new tastes,
weaving through a human gridlock and humming some dumb Cantopop tune
while slurping your noodles.
Hong Kong is an international city which
blends the best from the East and West, creating a unique personality.
Strategically located at the heart of Asia, it is the world's seventh
largest merchandise trading economy. More than 2,000 multinational
companies have regional headquarters or offices in Hong Kong. Its per
capita GDP is one of the highest in Asia. It is one of the world's top
10 exporters of services embracing a wide spectrum of
activities--finance and banking, accounting and legal, tourism,
telecommunications and media, importing and exporting to name a few.
Hong Kong is the world's fifth largest foreign exchange market. The Hong
Kong Stock Exchange is the second largest in Asia and the seventh
largest in the world. The gold market is in the top four of the world
and Hong Kong is also a regional leader in loan syndication and
investment management business. In addition, Hong Kong is also one of
the world's most prolific film and entertainment production centers.
Hong Kong is the most popular tourist destination in Asia. Tourism
receipts are Hong Kong's second largest earner of foreign exchange. Hong
Kong has many attributes that have led to its development as the most
popular travel destination in Asia. In terms of accommodation, Hong Kong
has many hotels of a high standard providing a total of more than 33,500
rooms. In terms of transport Hong Kong is conveniently linked by air to
all major cities worldwide; it is also the major gateway for travel to
China. Its free-port status makes it one of the most attractive shopping
destinations in the world.
Given its central location in the region and excellent
telecommunications and air links with other cities, Hong Kong has become
a popular choice for international exhibitions and conventions. Hong
Kong has the world's busiest airport in terms of international cargo and
third busiest in terms of international passengers. Flights take off
from, and arrive in, Hong Kong every two minutes. Some 60 airlines
operate more than 1,600 scheduled and nonscheduled flights weekly
between Hong Kong and more than 100 cities. The new international
airport at Chek Lap Kok, can initially handle 35 million passengers a
year and has an ultimate capacity of 87 million passengers a year.