City information >> HongKong (For ISDOC)
Hong Kong is located in the Far East, just south of the Tropic of Cancer. Hong Kong Island is 32km (20 miles) east
of the mouth of Pearl River and 135km (84 miles) southeast of Canton. It is separated from the mainland by a good
natural harbour. Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in 1842 by the Treaty of Nanking; and the Kowloon Peninsula
(south of Boundary Street and Stonecutters Island) in 1860 by the Convention of Peking.
The area of Boundary Street to Shenzhen River and a group of 260 islands, now known as the New Territories, were
leased to Britain in 1898 for a period of 99 years. The New Territories (plus the 260 islands) comprise 891 sq km
(380 sq miles). Shortage of land suitable for development has led to reclamation from the sea, principally from
the seafronts of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong: It is absolutely incredible! Looking down from The
Peak you'll be amazed by the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour
and Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides.
Once on The Peak, there are a number of locations providing magnificent views of the city below. For great
continuous unfolding vistas, take the Peak Circle Walk or go directly to the Lugard Road Lookout for fabulous
views over the harbour. There are more great vistas from the Lions View Point Pavilion and the viewing terrace at
the Peak Galleria, as well as the Peak Tower Sky Terrace.
Victoria Harbour is one of Hong Kong's greatest assets, a jewel that people marvel at, no matter how many times
they visit the city. People come from all over the world to see and admire it.