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Hong Kong

Hong Kong, know as the “Oriental Pearl” is located at the southern coast of China. It is a Special Administrative Region of China and has grown from what was a simple fishing village into the world’s fourth largest banking and financial center and eighth largest trading economy. About 97% of the population are Chinese and speak Cantonese and English.

It is set among beautiful natural surroundings and has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center. The most famous sites are the impressing Ocean Park, the fantastic viewpoint of Victoria Peak or the beautiful Repulse Bay. 

Aberdeen Harbo
For many years Aberdeen was one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist attractions because of the large number of people (about 6000) who lived and worked on the junks moored there. Over the years the number of the boats has dwindled as more and more of the "boat people" have moved into high-rises or abandoned fishing as a career. The harbor is still worth a look.
Aberdeen was named after the Secretary of State for the Colonies Earl of Aberdeen at 1848. To the Chinese, Aberdeen is still called Heung Keung Tsai (Little Hong Kong). This naturally ideal typhoon anchorage is home to few thousands of boat people and consists of two main tribes: the Tanka (literally the egg people, because they used to pay taxes in eggs rather than cash) and the Hoklo.
Also moored in Aberdeen Harbor are three luxury palace-like floating restaurants (Jumbo and Tai Pak). Sampan tours can be arranged at the Aberdeen Promenade. There are a few temples that are definitely worth visiting in Aberdeen, including the Hung Shing Temple and the Tin Hau Temple.
Aberdeen now has many luxury yachts. It's home to the exclusive Aberdeen Marina Club. Though Aberdeen has historically been a place for those poor boat-dwellers, high-rise buildings gradually erected one after another in the area. Several luxury complexes with great facilities have recently been constructed here. There are also plans to build and MTR station nearby.

Po Lin Monastery
Located at Ngong Ping Plateau of Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery is a big Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong founded on 1906. In Chinese, the name of the temple means "Precious Lotus Zen Temple". The main temple houses 3 bronze statues of the Buddha representing his past, present and future lives as well as many Buddhist scriptures.
On a hill above the monastery is the largest outdoor bronze Tiantan Buddha Statue in the world. Completed in 1993, it is 22m high, or 34m if including the pedestal. It took more than 10 year to cast the statue in a factory of Nanjing.
The views of the surrounding countryside from the base of the statue are simply stunning and there are also small exhibition galleries for view inside the statue. Po Lin Monastery is situated in Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, and Hong Kong. It is the most famous monastery in Hong Kong where monks from all quarters are welcomed to stay and practice.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced on November 2, 1999 that an agreement was reached between Hong Kong and the Walt Disney Corporation of the United States to build a Disney theme park and resort on Penny's Bay on the north of Lantau against the backdrop of the South China Sea. The agreement followed nine months of solid negotiations. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 12, 2003. The ceremony marked the beginning of the construction of the 126-hectare Phase 1, China's first Disney theme park.
Opened in September 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland soon became the latest and the most popular tourist attraction of Hong Kong. At the present the whole resort is 310 acres (126 hectares) and includes a theme park with four lands and two theme hotels.