With more than 7 million residents, Hong Kong is a city-state that has seen a great deal of development since the middle of the 20th century. One of the most densely populated places in the world, a little less than 25 percent of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China has been developed. About 40 percent is devoted to country parks and native reserves.
More facts about Hong Kong:
- Hong Kong came under British rule in 1842 following what is known as the First Opium War. The city-state remained under the control of the British crown until 1997.
- Hong Kong has the 10th-largest trading economy in the world, with China being one of its most frequent trading partners.
- About 92 percent of Hong Kong's population is of Chinese descent. The other most common nationalities in Hong Kong are Indonesian and Thai.
- Hong Kong is home to about 18,176 people per square mile (6,540 people per square kilometer).