Hong Kong is full of surprises
Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan centers on the planet. A cacophonous clash of old Chinese charm, British colonial vestiges and ultra modernity, it’s a fascinating place to visit – if you can handle the crowds. Its eclectic street markets are a constant hustle and bustle, but the savvy shopper can score some great deals on everything from luxury brands to electronic gadgets. It’s arguably the culinary capital of Asia, where you can enjoy tasty noodles and dim sum plus fine dining at chic restaurants helmed by world-renowned chefs. From the buzz of Kowloon’s Nathan Road to the gleaming skyscrapers of Hong Kong island to the sprawling parkland of the New Territories, Hong Kong is full of surprises. In fact, 70 per cent of Hong Kong is parks and mountains, and there are some pretty spectacular beaches there, too. Head up the Peak for the best overview of the city and Victoria Harbour. In the evenings, the Symphony of Lights Show illuminates the cityscape in a dazzling fashion. You might be a little overwhelmed in HK, but you’ll never be bored. Here’s a one minute video overview of this spectacular city in the South China Sea.
Want to learn more about Hong Kong?
Here are some interesting facts you should know.
- Hong Kong is one of the worlds most densely populated cities. Over 7 million people call HK home, with a density of 68,400 people per square mile.
- The name ‘Hong Kong’ means ‘fragrant harbour’ in Cantonese. With all that boat traffic in Victoria Harbour, it’s a fitting name.
- Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, and is made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and a handful of smaller islands.
- Hong Kong was under British rule from the Opium War of 1842 to July 1, 1997, when it reverted back to Chinese rule. Because of its history, HK enjoys more freedoms than communist China. One country, two systems.
- The official currency is the Hong Kong dollar, not the Chinese yuan.
- It’s official languages are English and Cantonese.
- Built in 1888, the Peak Tram was the first rail tram in Asia.
- HK is one of the world richest cities, with more Rolls Royce’s per person than anywhere else in the world.
- It also has more skyscrapers than any other city – double that of New York.
- Hong Kong has a lot of hills, and there are even outdoor escalators to help people traverse them.
- Ngong Ping 360 is the longest bi-cable aerial ride in Asia, offering great views of Lantau island.
- They grow them smart in HK. They have the highest IQ average in the world, at 107.
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