Hong Kong is one of the six co-host cities for the Beijing Olympics 2008. Get to know more about the city, which shall host the Olympic equestrian event.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China. The island is also one of the six co-host cities to conduct the Beijing Olympics 2008. Hong Kong is located in the Far East, just south of the Tropic of Cancer. It lies on the eastern side of Pearl River Delta and 135km southeast of Canton. Until the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997 to the People’s Republic of China, it was a crown colony of the United Kingdom from 1842 to 1981 and was a British dependent territory from 1981. Hong Kong this year will be hosting the Olympic Equestrian event at the island.

The Hong Kong Island is surrounded by 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 of the region consists of primarily the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, Lantau Island, New Territories as well as some 260 islands. The urban settlement of the city is mostly concentrated in the Kowloon peninsula and in scattered settlements in the new territories. Hong Kong last year in August cleared all the required tests to host the Olympic equestrian event. Mr. Lam Woon-Kwong, CEO of the Equestrian Company, last year had announced that test had successfully been conducted on the ground and other things and Hong Kong had been declared the venue for hosting the sporting event.

For the equestrian event of 2008 Olympics, there are two venues. The Jumping and Dressage events will take place at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian venue, Shatin. On the other hand, the Cross-Country test will take place at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue, Beas River. Both the venues for the Equestrian event in Hong Kong are well equipped to host the coveted sport associated with horses. At Shatin the venue is a 100 m x 80 m all-weather sand arena capable of accommodating 18,000 spectators. The venue boasts of newly constructed stables making up four blocks of air-conditioned accommodation for upto 200 horses. It also has a separate stable block for reserve horses. The cross-country venue along the Beas River has a 5.7 km cross country track with a width of 10 meters. The Cross-Country venue also includes warm-up and cool-down areas and a temporary stable block for 80 horses. The Island is all but set now to co-host the Beijing Olympics 2008.