Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula – August 3rd, 200922.3N 114.2E
Hong Kong is located on China’s south coast, 60 km (37 mi) east of Macau on the opposite side of the Pearl River Delta. It is surrounded by the South China Sea on the east, south, and west, and borders the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province to the north over the Sham Chun River.
The territory’s 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) land area consists primarily of Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories as well as some 260 other islands.
A channel with several bays and harbors separates Kowloon Peninsula from Hong Kong Island. Upon opening the full orthorectified image, many ships can be seen navigating this passage, while others are visible in the South China Sea.
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.
Most of the territory’s urban development exists on Kowloon Peninsula and along the northern edge of Hong Kong Island. These areas appear bright white, lining the strait that separates them.