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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Belonging to the ISO 216 series, the Hong Kong paper size is a unique and intriguing standard. This particular format, while not as globally recognized as its A-series counterparts, holds significant relevance in specific regions.

The Hong Kong paper size is predominantly used in countries that were once British colonies. It's a testament to the historical ties between these nations and their former colonial power. The dimensions of this paper size are designed to accommodate traditional Chinese characters, making it an ideal choice for documents written in Chinese script.

Hong Kong paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

Interestingly, despite its name suggesting a regional limitation, the Hong Kong paper size has found acceptance beyond its namesake city. It's widely used across various parts of Asia where traditional Chinese script is prevalent. This includes regions like Taiwan and certain areas of China itself.

While it doesn't fall under the ANSI series that's popular in North America, the Hong Kong paper size aligns with international standards set by ISO 216. This ensures compatibility with other global standards and makes it easier for businesses operating internationally to adapt their documents accordingly.

The Hong Kong paper size serves as an excellent example of how cultural nuances can influence even seemingly mundane aspects like document formatting. Its widespread use across regions using traditional Chinese script underscores its importance in maintaining linguistic heritage while adhering to international standards.

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Interesting facts about Hong Kong

The History of Hong Kong Paper

Hong Kong has a rich history of paper production, dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). The city's strategic location along trade routes made it an important center for papermaking.

Traditional Handmade Paper

Before the advent of modern machinery, paper in Hong Kong was made by hand using traditional methods. This involved soaking plant fibers, such as bamboo or mulberry, in water and then beating them into a pulp before spreading it out to dry.

Paper Mulberry Tree

The Paper Mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera) played a crucial role in Hong Kong's paper industry. Its inner bark was used to make high-quality paper due to its long fibers and durability.

Recycled Paper Revolution

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards using recycled paper in Hong Kong. This shift is driven by environmental concerns and the desire to reduce deforestation caused by traditional paper production.

Paper Sizes: ISO Standards

Hong Kong follows the international standard for paper sizes known as ISO 216. This system includes commonly used sizes like A0, A1, A2, etc., with A0 being the largest size (841mm x 1189mm).

Chinese Traditional Sizes

Prior to adopting ISO standards, Hong Kong had its own traditional system of paper sizes based on Chinese calligraphy practices. These sizes were denoted by characters such as "大" (da) for large and "中" (zhong) for medium.

Specialty Papers

Hong Kong is known for producing specialty papers with unique characteristics. These include rice paper, which is thin and translucent, and Xuan paper, a type of handmade paper used for Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Watermark Traditions

Watermarks have been used in Hong Kong paper production for centuries. These subtle designs or patterns are created by varying the thickness of the paper during manufacturing and can be seen when held up to light.

Paper Conservation Efforts

Hong Kong has made significant efforts to promote paper conservation. The government encourages the use of electronic documents whenever possible to reduce paper waste and preserve natural resources.

Paper Artistry

Hong Kong is home to many talented artists who specialize in creating intricate artworks using paper as their medium. From delicate papercuts to elaborate origami sculptures, these artists showcase the versatility and beauty of this material.