Hong Kong is a city, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.
As one of the world’s leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade. The currency, Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world as of 2010. Hong Kong was once described by Milton Friedman as the world’s greatest experiment in laissez-faire capitalism, but has since instituted a regime of regulations including a minimum wage.
It maintains a highly developed capitalist economy, ranked the freest in the world by the Index of Economic Freedom every year since 1995. It is an important centre for international finance and trade, with one of the greatest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region, and is known as one of the Four Asian Tigers for its high growth rates and rapid development from the 1960s to the 1990s. Between 1961 and 1997 Hong Kong’s gross domestic product grew 180 times while per-capita GDP increased 87 times over.
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the seventh largest in the world and has a market capitalisation of US$2.3 trillion as of December 2009, In that year, Hong Kong raised 22 percent of worldwide initial public offering (IPO) capital, making it the largest centre of IPOs in the world and the easiest place to raise capital. The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to the US dollar since 1983.
The Hong Kong Government has traditionally played a mostly passive role in the economy, with little by way of industrial policy and almost no import or export controls. Market forces and the private sector were allowed to determine practical development. Under the official policy of “positive non-interventionism,
Hong Kong is often cited as an example of laissez-faire capitalism. Following the Second World War, Hong Kong industrialised rapidly as a manufacturing centre driven by exports, and then underwent a rapid transition to a service-based economy in the 1980s. Since then, it has grown to become a leading centre for management, financial, IT, business consultation and professional services.
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INSTRUCTION FOR VISA TO HONG KONG
- Duly-completed visa application form and Declaration form, together with two recent passport photos;
- Applicant’s passport copy—Bio-data pages;
- Original Certificate of Incorporation;
- Original introduction letter from applicant’s company (to be signed and stamped) to state clearly the purpose of visit, duration of stay, applicant’s name, present position and passport number, sponsor’s name, address and telephone number in Hong Kong;
- Original invitation letter from applicant’s sponsor in Hong Kong;
- Proof of applicant’s financial standing—-Original and correct company’s bank statement (latest 3-6months) with the bank chop & signature;
- Proof of previous visit to Hong Kong, if any;
- Copy of all the above-mentioned documents;
- Visa fee Payment
- All documents will be sent to HK Immigration Department for approval. Process Time varies. The Chinese Embassy or Consulate should issue the visa according to the reply from the HK Immigration. Please be advised to give a correct telephone number in the form and on the collection receipt.
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