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Country name conventional long form: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
conventional short form: Hong Kong
local long form: Xianggang Tebie Xingzhengqu
local short form: Xianggang
abbreviation: HK
Gevernment typelimited democracy
Capital name: Kabul
geographic coordinates: 34 31 N, 69 12 E
time difference: UTC+4.5 (9.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionred with a stylized, white, five-petal bauhinia flower in the center
CurrencyHong Kong dollar (HKD)
Internet country code.hk
Ports and terminalsHong Kong
Agriculture productsfresh vegetables; poultry, pork; fish
Industriestextiles, clothing, tourism, banking, shipping, electronics, plastics, toys, watches, clocks
Geography
LocationEastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
Coordinates22 15 N, 114 10 E
ContinentSoutheast Asia
Area total: 1,092 sq km
land: 1,042 sq km
water: 50 sq km
Boundaries total: 30 km
regional border: China 30 km
Coastline733 km
Climatesubtropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall
Terrainhilly to mountainous with steep slopes; lowlands in north
Natural resourcesoutstanding deepwater harbor, feldspar
Natural hazardsoccasional typhoons
People
Population6,940,432 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsChinese 95%, other 5%
Religionseclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10%
LanguagesChinese (Cantonese), English; both are official

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