15 Interesting Facts About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a vibrant city located in southeastern China. A major trade hub and is deemed as Asia’s World City and a leading international financial center. With famed skyscrapers and lively food scene Hong Kong attracts a large number of tourists every year. It is also a shopper’s paradise with the presence of many big brands and a number of small boutiques. Let’s learn some really interesting facts about Hong Kong.

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1. Special City

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory and is officially known as “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.” Whew! That’s a long name.
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2. Fragrant Harbor

hong-kongDerived from two Chinese words heung and gong, Hong Kong translates to fragrant harbor. Historians suggest, the name is given due to its former export of fragrant incense.
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3. City of Skyscrapers

hong kong skyscrapersHong Kong has the maximum number of skyscrapers (buildings with more than 14 floors) in the world. It has over 1200 skyscrapers, and that’s four times that of New York.
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4. Maximum Roll Royce’s in the World

rolls royceHong Kong loves luxury, and has more Rolls Royce’s per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Source: brandhk.gov.hk

5. Longest Road and Rail Suspension Bridge

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Tsing Ma Bridge
Tsing Ma Bridge

Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong is the longest road and rail suspension bridge in the world with a span of 1,377 meters which is longer than that of Golden Gate Bridge (1,280 meters) in San Francisco.
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6. Home to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan

JACKIE CHAN
Jackie Chan

Kung Fu and Martial arts are synonymous with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Hong Kong is home to both of these legends of World Cinema.
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7. Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360 is a 25 minute cable ride covering a distance of 3.5 miles. It is one of the longest bi-cable aerial rides in Asia connecting Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. It offers stunning panoramic views of Hong Kong.
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8. Green City

Hong Kong natureSeems hard to believe, but its true! Around three-fourth of Hong Kong is rural, with 24 country parks, reservoirs, hills and coastline easily accessible from city.
Source: brandhk.gov.hk

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9. Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show

HK Symphony of Lights
Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights

‘A Symphony of Lights’ is a daily light and sound show in Hong Kong. According to Guinness World Records it is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. Organized by Hong Kong Tourism Board, the show lasts for around 14 minutes. It is a must see on your trip to Hong Kong with searchlights and lasers streaming through 47 skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria harbor.
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10. Densely Populated

Hong Kong populationWith a population of over 7 million in a small land mass, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated city in the world.
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11. First Rail Tram in Asia

Hong Kong’s Peak TramLaunched in 1888, Hong Kong’s Peak Tram was the first rail tram in Asia. Around 11,000 people ride the tram every day.
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12. Home to Charles Kao

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Charles K. Kao
Charles K. Kao

Hong Kong is to be thanked for fiber optic connectivity. It is home to Charles Kao, the man behind Fiber Optic Cable. He is widely regarded as the “Father of Fiber Optic Communications” and also won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2009.
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13. Highest IQ

Now for a very interesting fact, Hongkongers are intelligent people and have the highest IQ average in the world at 107.
Source: brandhk.gov.hk

14. Higher Life Expectancy

Hong Kong life expactancyAlthough Hong Kong suffers from very high levels of air pollution, Hongkongers have highest life expectancy in the world with average age of 81 for men and 86 for women.
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15. 90% use Public Transport to Travel

Hong Kong public transportYes, that’s correct! Hong Kong is one of the least car dependent cities. 90 percent of all trips in Hong Kong are taken on public transport. That’s around five million passengers daily. Impressive, isn’t it?
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