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Hong Kong British dependency in eastern Asia on the South China Sea bordered by China on the north It is made up of many islands a portion of the mainland and a considerable expanse of water surface It has a land area of 1076 sq km 415 sq mi Despite its small size Hong Kong plays an important role in the world economy Geography The dependency can be divided into three main regions-Hong Kong Island and nearby islets the mainland Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutters Island and the New Territories made up principally of a large area on the mainland and Lantau island The dependency is partly situated in the Zhu Jiang or Pearl River delta and the Sham Chun River forms the border with China Much of Hong Kong is hilly and substantial areas of the low-lying terrain are made up of land reclaimed from the sea Only about 12 percent is forested but small tropical and subtropical plants are abundant elsewhere Hong Kongs small amount of fertile soil is concentrated in the mainland portion of the New Territories near Deep Bay Few large wild animals inhabit the dependency Climate Although within the Tropics Hong Kong has a subtropical climate because of the southwestern monsoon a moist warm equatorial wind that brings a rainy season between May and August The mean annual temperature is 222 C 72 F with a range from 15 C 59 F in February to 278 C 82 F in July Typhoons occasionally cause great destruction People and Principal Cities The population of Hong Kong is about 97 percent Chinese with some Filipinos British Indians Portuguese and Americans The population of Hong Kong 1990 estimate was 5575900 The overall population density was 5351 people per sq km 13874 per sq mi making Hong Kong one of the most densely populated regions in the world Chinese culture dominates in Hong Kong Yet as a port inhabited
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