Hong Kong is a must go-to destination that is included in most travel addicts' bucket list. Apart from its numerous sight-seeing, shopping, dining and adventure opportunities, Hong Kong has some unique quirks that tourists may either find amusing or confusing. Here we list down Hong Kong's interesting tid bits of unusual facts so you are warned even before you embark on an adventure to Asia's World City.
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC while majority of electrical outlets take a three-pronged UK-style plug. Make sure to bring the appropriate power adapter so your digital camera, mobile phone and other gadgets do not run out of juice. In case you forget, you can easily buy these adapters in electronic shops in Hong Kong.
For some unknown reason, the Hong Kong Customs only allows a tourist to bring 19 cigarettes into Hong Kong. Bring in more than that amount and you will be required to lodge accurate and complete import export declarations.
Hong Kong Currency
The Hong Kong dollar is the eighth most traded currency in the world. Banknotes of the Hong Kong dollar is governed by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). However, 3 different banks (HSBC, Standard Chartered and Bank of China) print their own banknotes. Therefore, there are 3 versions of each denomination which look completely different from each other and create confusion to a lot of tourists.
Buildings with Holes
There are 1,223 skyscrapers in Hong Kong and many of these have gaping holes. This is because architects take Feng Shui into consideration in the design and construction of buildings in Hong Kong. The holes allow mystical dragons to pass through and leave positive and powerful energy as they make their way from the mountains to the sea to drink and bathe.
Take the Train
Hong Kong has one of the world’s most efficient subway systems with a 99.9% on-time rate and the entire system is manage by artificial intelligence.
Longest Outdoor Covered Escalator and Walkway System
Navigating the hilly terrain of Hong Kong Island can be such a pain which is why the 2,600-foot Central–Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System, the longest of its kind in the world, was built. Since opening in 1993, the system made the commute up and down the large hills a breeze. The system consists of 18 escalators and 3 inclined moving walkways which move in one direction at a time: downhill from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then uphill from 10 a.m. to midnight daily.