53 Interesting Facts About Hong Kong

Last updated on November 17th, 2017

#26. Cathay which is Hong Kong’s home airline has won the “World’s Best Airline” four times which is more times than any other in the world.

#27. Acrobatic lion dances are a popular way of commemorating festivals or auspicious occasions in the region. They are often characterized by playing of Chinese drums.

#28. Hong Kong International Airport is the size of 20 football fields combined.

#29. One of the world’s largest seated Buddha statues is the bronze big Buddha situated in Lantau Island of Hong Kong.

Seated Buddha Statue in Lantau Island
Interesting facts about Hong Kong – Seated Buddha Statue in Lantau Island. Image credit – Gavin Anderson

#30. In this region, parents that give birth to a son and then daughter are considered to be among the luckiest people in the world.

#31. The peak tram established in 1888 was a first in the entire Asian region and remains the oldest and steepest across the globe to date.

#32. The region is regarded as one of those with the highest number or restaurants or cafes per capita. This gives residents and tourists an opportunity to sample various types of delicacies from around the world.

#33. Ocean Park Hong Kong won the award for world’s best theme park in 2012.

#34. The Pearl of Orient is a famous symphony of light formation in the night skyline that occurs on a daily basis.

#35. There are currently 120 UNESCO Global geoparks (UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development) across the world and Hong Kong is home to one of them.

#36. The Peak Circle Walk in Hong Kong is regarded among the world’s most scenic walks.

#37. Hong Kong is home to the world’s largest outdoor covered escalator. It measures about half a mile long and has an elevation of about 135 meters.

#38. Hong Kong celebrates new year, Christmas, Easter and other festivals. The new year celebration is often marked by spectacular display of lighting.

#39. Hong Kong is situated in a sub-tropical area with monsoon winds.

#40. The people of mainland China moved to Hong Kong in 221 BC.

#41. Did you know that a Portuguese man by the name of Jorge Alvarez was the first recorded foreigner to set foot in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong on Map - the fact file
Hong Kong on Map

#42. In the 1900s, this region became a special refuge to Chinese exiles.

#43. In 1941, the fear of the communist party led a huge number of immigrants to flee China and settle in Hong Kong.

#44. The region was officially recognized as a free port in 1950.

#45. The region is home to two fierce media competitors by the name of Televisions Broadcasts Limited and Asia Television Limited.

#46. In 1997, archeologists discovered over 20 graves in Ma Wan.

#47. The region has a total of 17 public holidays in every year.

#48. Hong Kong is known as a free market economy.

#49. It is considered a bad omen to have apartment buildings that end at the fourth floor.

#50. Hong Kong is not classified as a country. It is a Special Administrative Region of China.

#51. Hong Kongers or Hong Kongese use seawater to flush toilets. 

#52. Real estate is expensive in Hong Kong, which is the reason why burials in public cemeteries are exhumed after 6 years. Online is the new place where loved one are commemorated once they are dug out. Be ready to shell as much as HKD650,000 for a burial spot in the regions soil. However, you still may be denied if the space is not available.

#53. Hong Kong has number of guards for security in almost all of the buildings. And majority of these are in their 50s. 

Hong Kong – country at a glance

Independencenone (special administrative region of China)
Capital CityNone as of today.
(Victoria between 1842 and 1997, almost all government departments still have their head offices located within its limit.)
Total area1,108 sq km
Population7,191,503 (July 2017 est.)
ContinentAsia
DemonymHong Konger
Hong Kongese
National anthem"Yiyongjun Jinxingqu" is the official anthem (also the National Anthem of China)
National symbolorchid tree flower
National holidayNational Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 1 July (1997) is celebrated as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
National colorsred, white
Official LanguagesChinese and English
Government typepresidential limited democracy; a special administrative region of the PRC
Chief ExecutiveCarrie Lam
Chief SecretaryMatthew Cheung
BordersChina
CurrencyHong Kong dollar (HK$) (HKD)
ReligionChinese 93.1%, Indonesian 1.9%, Filipino 1.9%, other 3% (2011 est.)
Life expectancy82.9 Years (2016)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$58,300 (2016 est.)
Industriestextiles, clothing, tourism, banking, shipping, electronics, plastics, toys, watches, clocks
Exports$487.7 billion (2016 est.)
electrical machinery and appliances, textiles, apparel, footwear, watches and clocks, toys, plastics, precious stones, printed material
Imports$509.5 billion (2016 est.)
raw materials and semi-manufactures, consumer goods, capital goods, foodstuffs, fuel (most is reexported)
Climatesubtropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall
Terrainhilly to mountainous with steep slopes; lowlands in north
Natural resourcesoutstanding deepwater harbor, feldspar
Agricultural land5%
Birth rate8.9 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate7.4 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Sex ratio0.87 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Time ZoneUTC+8
Internet country code.hk
Calling Code+852
Drives on theLeft
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedSeptember 9, 2017

References:

  • http://www.facts-about-hong-kong.com/fun-facts-about-hong-kong.html
  • http://www.weekendnotes.com/interesting-facts-hong-kong/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong