Location and Culture
Hong Kong ("Fragrant Harbour" or "Incense Harbour" in Cantonese) is a former British Crown Colony (1842-1997) and now an autonomous territory and special administrative region of China. This global financial center is located in the southern region of Mainland China and east of the Pearl River Estuary. At over 7.2 million residents, Hong Kong covers a total land and sea area of 2,754 km2 and ranks as the world's fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory. Nicknamed "Pearl of the Orient", Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbor, which provides international cargo ships ready access, and its "cement forest" skyline with an extremely high density of skyscrapers. As much of Hong Kong's terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than 25% of the territory's landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves.
Past students at the Hong Kong project center have:
- Identified ways to preserve the endangered Chinese White Dolphin by controlling marine traffic
- Evaluated the feasibility of introducing car sharing to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
- Developed ideas for expansion and improvement of walkability for Victoria Harbour's waterfront