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Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China's increasingly affluent mainland population.It's an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world's cities.Archaeological findings date the first human settlements in the area back to more than 30,000 years ago.During the 1950s to 1990s, the city-state developed rapidly, becoming the first of the "Four Asian Tigers" through the development of a strong manufacturing base and later a financial sector.
Before the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997, Hong Kong had been a British colony for nearly 150 years.
As a result, most infrastructure inherits the design and standards of Britain.
Yet, this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands is mostly a rural landscape.
Much of the countryside is classified as Country Park and, although 7 million people are never far away, it is possible to find pockets of wilderness that will reward the more intrepid tourist.
It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia's World City.Hong Kong is one of the two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China (the other being Macau).