How Many Islands Make Up Hong Kong
Hong Kong island is just south of the Tropic of Cancer and it is located on similar latitudes as Havana and Hawaii. In fact, Hong Kong shares the same longitude with Wuhan in central China, Bali and Perth. Surrounding Hong Kong’s southern coast is the South China Sea.
Hong Kong by itself consists of a peninsular that juts from southeastern China along with hundreds of tiny islands scattered off the coast of China. Kowloon and New Territories make up the peninsular; just south off the mainland is Hong Kong island along with many other remote islands.
Hong Kong island is small island covering an area of 1,095 square kilometers (approximately 423 square miles). At the moment Hong Kong is seeing a lot of reclamation projects that is expanding and increasing the land area. Earlier Hong Kong was not as big as it is now. From 1851 to 1997, the total reclaimed land mass was around 60 square kilometers (31 square miles). Kowloon peninsular is approximately 47 square kilometers (18 square miles), the New Territories is 794 square kilometers (306 square miles) and the remote islands that are also part of Hong Kong spread over an area of 175 square kilometers (67 square miles)
How many islands make up Hong Kong?
In total there are approximately 234 outlying islands that make up Hong Kong. The island of Hong Kong is the most famous and the most populated. However, Hong Kong island is not the largest island. It is Lantau Island that is the biggest out of all the islands that make up Hong Kong. Lantau is fast progressing and it is the site for the new state-of-the-art Chek Lap Kok International Airport.
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