Culture and Geography
Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
During the Qin Dynasty, Hong Kong was incorporated into Imperial China. The country was later converted into a trading post and naval base during the Tang and the Song dynasties. Jorge Alvares was the first European to visit Hong Kong. In 1997, Hong Kong was made the Special Administrative Region of China.
Apart from its rich political history, Hong Kong has a rich and diverse culture. The culture is a mix of Western culture along with Eastern influence. Canto pop is the dominant form of music in Hong Kong. Dance, speech and combat are important cultural elements and many inhabitants practise a traditional slow-motion shadow boxing. The ancient art of Feng-Shui is widely popular.
Hong Kong mainly consists of the island of Hong Kong, Stonecutter’s Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories. Most of Hong Kong is made up of hilly mountains with steep slopes. The country also has an irregular coastline with several bays, rivers and beaches.