As travellers, we’re constantly in a state of learning. Every day we wake up in new places. We hear new sounds, taste different food, see fresh sights. Aside from learning about myself, one of my biggest takeaways from travel is learning about the place that I’m visiting or currently in. I’ve been in Hong Kong for nearly three weeks now, and I’ve learned a few interesting facts that I’d like to share with you. Check ’em out.
1. The official name for Hong Kong is, Hong Kong S.A.R (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region).
2. Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbor. Fragrant incense was once exported from the Hong Kong Harbour in large quantities.
3. Hong Kong has a free nightly light and sound show named “A Symphony of Lights”. It can be seen every night at 8:00 pm from the Hong Kong Harbour/Avenue of the Stars.
4. It’s made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, and over 200 other islands and territories spanning over 1,092 square KMs.
5. Cantonese Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong.
6. Mandarin Chinese (4) uses 5 less tones than Cantonese Chinese (9).
7. The highest rate of Rolls Royce luxury cars per person in a given location in the world is in Hong Kong (money team).
8. A skyscraper is defined as a building with 15 or more floors. Hong Kong has over 8000 buildings that are considered skyscrapers. Nearly doubling the amount of skyscrapers in the Big Apple (New York City).
9. In Mandarin Chinese, feng shui (pronounced fung shway) translates to Wind Water. Architects in Hong Kong consider these 2 of the 5 (Wind, Water, Fire, Earth & Metal) feng shui elements in their designs and construction. It’s a key component to Hong Kong business and lifestyle. The government sometimes compensates Hong Kong residents living near construction projects for disrupting their feng shui.
10. When China lost the Opium War in 1842, Hong Kong fell under British rule.
11. At one point, Hong Kongers were given British passports as official documentation, not Chinese ones.
12. Long outdoor escalators can be found in the Central district of Hong Kong to help pedestrians navigate slope-ridden terrain.
13. One of the most frequently exchanged and traded currencies in the world is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
14. Hong Kong is extremely populated given its space. It’s one of the most densely inhabited places on Earth.
15. Hong Kong is known for its “24 hour suit.” Sam’s Tailor is a world renowned bespoke tailoring boutique known for tailoring high quality garments for the likes of Michael Jackson, a few American presidents and umm, Prince Charles.
16. You can get free tea and a delicious bowl of Hong Kong noodles at a number of street food shops for under 30 HKD.
17. Hong Kongers believe that eating noodles on their birthdays leads to prosperity and longevity in life.
18. The Tsing Ma Bridge is a Hong Kong landmark.
19. The (Victoria) Peak Tram cable car is used by more than 11,000 people daily.
20. Hong Kong is made up mostly of hills, trees, water and parks, not buildings.
21. Professor Charles Kao, 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics is a native of Hong Kong.
22. Some of the world’s most expensive bottles of wine were sold at a Hong Kong auction (approx. CAD 304,000). Again, money team.
23. Hong Kong’s Disneyland is the first ever on Chinese soil. It’s now 10 years old.
24. The Mong Kok (haha … yea, Montrealers get it) district of Hong Kong averages over 125,000 inhabitants per square KM.
25. Hong Kong has one of the highest rates of restaurants and coffee shops in the world.
26. In 2012, Hong Kong’s tourism board won north of 25 awards from several members of the travel industry and international media giants.
27. Hong Kongers drink 3 times the global average of tea per year.
28. Nearly 30 million Mainland Chinese tourists visit Hong Kong every year.
29. Hong Kongers have an average IQ of 107.
30. Bruce Lee was named Hong Kong’s Star of The Century.
31. It’s the biggest centre for luxury shopping in all of Asia (seriously, it’s a bit overwhelming).
32. Dim sum is a world famous part of Chinese culinary culture. It originated with the Cantonese in the south of China.
33. Jackie Chan, the Kung Fu/action star, is from Hong Kong.
34. Hong Kong has been voted “Best Business City in the World” several times.
35. Hong Kong is the most expensive place in the world to buy a house. With prices ranging from 1.5 million HKD to 350 million HKD for 500 sqft to 4,500 sqft respectively.
36. Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, constantly ranking in the top 10.
Want to learn more about Hong Kong? Better yet, are you planning a trip to Hong Kong? Check the Hong Kong Tourism Board official website here
And check out Keisha’s informational post on Hong Kong here.
Until next time,