Because of its rare combination of old world charm, natural beauty and modern fast-paced lifestyle, Hong Kong makes a perfect getaway for the adventurous traveler where business can definitely be mixed with pleasure. Where else can you find a city that has kept its rich cultural heritage and amazing natural wonders despite development?
Hong Kong is truly a unique travel destination. Beyong shopping, modern skyscrapers, Disneyland, and the view from Victoria Peak, the city has so much more to offer. And aside from these attractions, here are some interesting facts about the Asia's World City which make it even more worthy of a visit.
- HK’s official name is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or Hong Kong SAR. Hong Kong's government is independent from that of the Mainland, except for military and foreign affairs.
- Hong Kong literally means Fragrant Harbor in Chinese, which is thought to come from Hong Kong's incense trade and its lingering smells over the harbor.
- Spreading over 1,092 square kilometers, Hong Kong is the most densely populated city in the world. The Mongkok district holds the world record for accommodating most people per square meter.
- Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce’s per person than any other city in the world.
- HK’s official languages are Chinese (Spoken Cantonese) and English.
- Local residents of the city are called Hong Kongers.
- HK holds the record of having the most skyscrapers in the world. It has around 2,000 skyscrapers, almost double of New York its nearest rival.
- Hong Kong has the highest average IQ in the world at 107
- HK has one of five Disneyland theme parks in the world
- HK has the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world - the Central–Mid-levels escalators.
- HK's Tsing Ma Bridge is the world’s longest road and rail suspension bridge.
- Because of its Chinese ancestry, HK is one of the most superstitious cities in the world. Local architects take Feng Shui principles seriously when designing a building. To give you an idea, the Regent hotel in Tsim Sha Sui has been designed so that the dragons can pass through and feed at the harbor. There is a fountain to attract them and huge glass windows to allow them to pass through.
- Many buildings in the city do not have a fourth floor because the number 4 is considered an unlucky number. The numbers 6, 8 and 9, on the other hand, are considered auspicious.
- Octopus Cards allow users to ride various transports around the city. This store value card also allows purchases of fast food and groceries.