With an area of around 425 sq. miles and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and one of the world's leading international financial centres.
The name "Hong Kong" is an approximate phonetic rendering of the pronunciation of the Cantonese name "香港"(Xiānggǎng) meaning "fragrant harbour".
Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where "East meets West", reflecting the mix of Chinese roots with influences from its time as a British colony. Hong Kong balances a modernised way of life with traditional Chinese practices.
Also see the official information site www.discoverhongkong.com