Interesting facts about Hong Kong

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      98

Tiny but affluent, Hong Kong is de jure a part of China, although de facto it’s not entirely true. A small village, Hong Kong today is one of the wealthiest, most developed and safest cities in the world. Anyone can get here, but you’ll need to prepare for strict airport security and learn Chinese, the mother tongue of most locals.

Hong Kong Facts

  • Like Singapore, Hong Kong is a city-state. In fact, in all of Asia, it is second only to Singapore and Macau.
  • It is the third most densely populated country in the world, behind only the Principality of Monaco and Singapore. However, if we compare Hong Kong not with countries, but with cities, there are more densely populated megacities. For example, Manila, the Philippine capital.
  • From 1898 to 1997, the land on which Hong Kong stands was officially leased from China by Britain. When the treaty expired, the land was officially transferred back to China. True, nothing has actually changed for the locals.
  • This country occupies not only Hong Kong Island but also several smaller islands, as well as small properties on the mainland.
  • The name of the country translates from the Chinese dialect Yue as “fragrant harbor.
  • Victoria Harbour, which separates Hong Kong Island from the mainland, is one of the deepest ports in the world.

  • Because of air pollution, the environmental situation in Hong Kong is considered not just alarming, but terrible indeed.
  • Although most people associate Hong Kong with one giant megalopolis, only about 25% of the country is actually built up. The rest are forests, parks and meadows, while 40 percent of the territory, i.e. over 400 square kilometers, is reserved for nature reserves.
  • Hong Kong has no army of its own. Its defense is in charge of the Chinese government.
  • Over 80% of the country is on the mainland and Hong Kong Island, where most local life is concentrated, accounts for only a small part of it.
  • Public transport is very well-developed here. Almost all bus routes operate non-stop, albeit at extended intervals.
  • One of the interesting sights in Hong Kong are the archaic double-decker streetcars, which have been running around the city since the 1950s.
  • The local subway has free public computer terminals with internet access.
  • Every night, Hong Kong hosts a laser show, which is the largest in the world.
  • About 95% of the population of Hong Kong is Chinese, but there are representatives of more than a hundred nations.
  • Belonging to this country, Applechau Island is the most densely populated island in the world.
  • The poorest members of the population in Hong Kong, which here, according to various estimates, 15-20%, are forced to live in tiny rooms of 1.5-2 square meters.

  • The prices for goods sold by weight are not per kilogram, but per pound, which is 455 grams. This is a legacy of the British protectorate.
  • In order to increase the area of green spaces, gardens in Hong Kong are often arranged even on the roofs of buildings.
  • In terms of real estate prices and the rate of their growth, Hong Kong is one of the first places among cities around the world.
  • Since casinos are prohibited in the country, there are special ships-casinos. They take clients on board and leave Hong Kong’s territorial waters and then come back.
  • Hong Kong has an Alley of Fame similar to Hollywood’s, but it’s dedicated to local stars.
  • Despite the off-scale population density, this city is one of the cleanest in the world. It is almost impossible to see trash here.
  • The most respected and famous native of Hong Kong locals consider Bruce Lee.
  • All construction in the city is carried out under the principles of Chinese Feng Shui tradition.
  • For a long time already, no building less than 30 storeys high is erected in Hong Kong.
  • There are more than a hundred buildings higher than 150 meters in the city, and this number is constantly growing. There are more skyscrapers here than even in New York.
  • The traffic here is not right-handed like in mainland China, but left-handed.
  • Most of the streets in Hong Kong have English names.
  • Vegetarians have a tough time here. 99% of local cuisine is based on meat and seafood.
  • Hong Kong dollars are made of thin and soft plastic. They’re water-resistant and virtually impossible to tear.