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Hong Kong) is a city and (like Macau) a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. The area consists of 236 islands with a total area of 1,104 km² and borders the South China Sea. 7,249,907 (2020) people live there.
The name Hong Kong is derived from the pronunciation of the area in the local Cantonese dialect. Originally this was just the name of a settlement on the site of the current Aberdeen district. Its origin is unknown, although historians suggest that the name derives from the fragrant frankincense trade that took place in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a 'young' metropolis by Asian standards and a large modern city. The city has now grown attached to, and is part of, the agglomeration around Guangzhou: the Pearl River Delta — with 62 million inhabitants, the largest metropolitan region in the world. As of 2022, John Lee Ka-chiu heads the executive branch in Hong Kong as Chief Executive.
Hong Kong has a total area of 1107 km². It consists of the island of the same name east of the Pearl River of 78 km², the Kowloon Peninsula (Mandarin: Jiulong, Nine Dragons) with an area of almost 47 km² and the New Territories with an area of 979 km². The New Territories consist of the area north of Kowloon bordering mainland China and 235 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Lantau Island is the largest island at 147 km², followed by Hong Kong Island. Since 1887, Hong Kong has expanded by 71 km² through land reclamation.
Hong Kong is often described as a place where 'East meets West', reflecting the mix of culture through the territory's Chinese roots and influences from its time as a British colony. Hong Kong balances a modernized way of life with traditional Chinese practices. Concepts such as Feng Shui are taken very seriously, experts in such areas are often hired for expensive construction projects. Other objects, such as trigrams, are still regularly used to ward off evil spirits, and buildings often lack any floor that has the number 4, due to its resemblance to the word for "to die" in Cantonese and Mandarin. The fusion of east and west also characterizes Hong Kong's cuisine, where dim sum, hot pot and fast food outlets merge with haute cuisine.
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