Hong Kong lies just within the tropics on the South China coast at longitude 22°20'N and latitude 114°10'E. Its land area is only a little over 1,000 km², yet in Mai Po and Deep Bay, in the northwestern New Territories (plates 58 & 59), it boasts a wetland of truly international importance. Wintering waterbirds include such rarities as Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor and Saunders's Gull L

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