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    Hong Kong Geography 2000

      Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China

      Geographic coordinates: 22 15 N, 114 10 E

      Map references: Southeast Asia

      total: 1,092 sq km
      land: 1,042 sq km
      water: 50 sq km

      Area - comparative: six times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      total: 30 km
      border countries: China 30 km

      Coastline: 733 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: tropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall

      Terrain: hilly to mountainous with steep slopes; lowlands in north

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
      highest point: Tai Mo Shan 958 m

      Natural resources: outstanding deepwater harbor, feldspar

      Land use:
      arable land: 6%
      permanent crops: 1%
      permanent pastures: 1%
      forests and woodland: 20%
      other: 72% (1997 est.)

      Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1997 est.)

      Natural hazards: occasional typhoons

      Environment - current issues: air and water pollution from rapid urbanization

      Geography - note: more than 200 islands

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