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1UpTravel - Weather Forecast & Weather Reports of Cities Country-wise. - Weather Forecast for Cities of Hong Kong

Weather Forecast & Reports for Cities of Hong Kong

 Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
 Hong Kong Inter-National Airport, Hong Kong

Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China

Geographic coordinates: 22 15 N, 114 10 E

Map references: Southeast Asia

Area:
total: 1,092 sq km
land: 1,042 sq km
water: 50 sq km

Area - comparative: six times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
total: 30 km
border countries: China 30 km

Coastline: 733 km

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 3 nm

Climate: tropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall

Terrain: hilly to mountainous with steep slopes; lowlands in north

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
highest point: Tai Mo Shan 958 m

Natural resources: outstanding deepwater harbor, feldspar

Land use:
arable land: 6%
permanent crops: 1%
permanent pastures: 1%
forests and woodland: 20%
other: 72% (1997 est.)

Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1997 est.)

Natural hazards: occasional typhoons

Environment - current issues: air and water pollution from rapid urbanization

Geography - note: more than 200 islands


Geography

There are 234 outlying islands, many of them little more than uninhabited rocks, which surround Hong Kong. However, Cheung Chau (2.5 sq. km) has 20,000 residents and is fast developing into a mini Honolulu despite its lack of motor-powered vehicles.

Lantau, the largest island (142 sq. km) has a population of 30,000 and a 70-km long walking trail. This trail offers some of Hong Kong's most rugged landscape, crossing over two of the island's highest summits, winding through forests and offering stunning views of the sea. It also has a 933m peak standing tall as if inviting visitors to come over, despite the fact that the land has avoided many development excesses of other islands. It has become a home to several important monasteries, including Po Lin Monastery with its enormous bronze Buddha. The new airport development has made it possible for Lantau to be connected by bridge to the mainland. The other islands of Hong Kong are also worth visiting. These islands include Lamma, Peng Chau, Poi Toi and the uninhabited Tung Lung Chau.


Climate
Hong Kong is located just within the tropics and the climate is monsoonal. Two seasons dominate the year. One consistantly hot, wet and humid (the Southwest Monsoon, Spring/Summer) and the other cool and dry ( the Nothern Monsoon, Autumn/Winter). Hong Kong can, however, experience great variations in the periods between successive monsoons - and the most dramatic variations occurs during the Typhoon season.

Generally the dry monsoon season begins in mid to late September and brings three months of pleasantly warm days and brilliant clear blue skies. Nights are cool, the humidity low and day-to-day temperature changes are slight. From December through early January, the weather normally remains sunny during the day but the nights are considerably cooler. Hong Kong's rainy season arrives in ernest about the middle of March. Mid-May to September is high summer in Hong Kong, and also the unpredictable Typhoon Season.


Background:

Pursuant to the agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 1 July 1997.

Under the terms of this agreement, China has promised that under its "one country, two systems" formula its socialist economic system will not be practiced in Hong Kong, and that Hong Kong shall enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs.

Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 1 July 1997.

In this agreement, China has promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system will not be practiced in Hong Kong and that Hong Kong will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.



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