Edmund Fung Period 2B
My Country of Origin
I came from China, specifically, Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong is theplace where you can find a diverse modern metropolis with a unique blend of Eastern and Western Traditions. This is because it has been controlled by twovery different countries.The full name of Hong Kong is, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.Hong Kong comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, andother small islands. It covers 1104 square kilometers of land. Currently, there are6.9 million people living in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was part of United Kingdomby the Treaty on Nanking from 1842 to July 1, 1997 when it was returned toChina. Since it was under United Kingdom’s rule, its official language is both,Cantonese (a type of Chinese dialogue) and English.Hong Kong is quite special region. Even though it is under China’s control,they have there own laws, regulation, custom policies, etc. China is onlyresponsible for the protection of the people and the foreign affairs. Hong Kongeven has its own kind of money called, Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). China’s moneyis called, Renminbi (RMB). There are a total of 18 districts in Hong Kong and Iam from the Wan Chi District.Like all large cities, Hong Kong has an international airport, sevencolleges, and lots of transportation. The airport is called the Hong KongInternational Airport and was opened in July 1998. Since March 11, 1912, the firstHong Kong University was opened. On the 1916, they had 23 graduates. Thetransportation facilities in Hong Kong are very abundant. The transportationvaries from double-decker buses, mini vans, subways, trams, and taxis. SinceHong Kong is so compact, you can almost walk to a lot of places by foot.In technology, Hong Kong is very advanced in common people technology.In fact, they are the first in using RIFD cards available to the common people.There is a card called the “Octopus” card, a type of electronic payment card. It isvery much like a debit card except there is no need to slide the card. This card isaccepted at places like convenient stores, Mc Donald’s or on certaintransportation. All you have to do is to place the card on an sensor area and itswirelessly pays for your transaction. You really don’t even have to take it out of your purse or wallet. Just place your wallet or purse on the area! Another use for this card is to use it as a key. Residents can use this to access their building andstudents can use this to check in.Hong Kong has a very open and diverse in economy. It is one of the WorldFinancial Centers. Most of the industries are exporting goods, and tourism. Theeconomy is built on the free economy, and government non-intervention policies.One special thing compared to the United States of America, is that there are notaxes on the sales tax. The exception is that there is an extremely high tax on car ownership, therefore not many people drive cars.