53 Interesting Facts About Hong Kong

Last updated on March 4th, 2020

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia. Hong Kong has its own political and economical system which is separate from that of China.

It is among the world’s most significant financial centers; and the Hong Kong Dollar, which is its legal tender, is the world’s 13th most traded currency. Let’s learn more about Hong Kong with these interesting facts that cover its history, culture, people, economy, food and much more.

1. Hong Kong is among the richest cities in the world. It has more Rolls Royce per person than any other region in the globe.

2. Three quarters of the city’s landmass is rural. Major attractions in the rural areas include 24 parks, woodlands, reservoirs, hills and a beautiful coastline.

3. The name of the city is a Cantonese phrase that translates to fragrance harbor.

4. Hong Kong is the home city to the founder of fiber optic communications: Professor Charles Kao.

5. The third Disney theme park outside the United States was opened in Hong Kong in the year 2005.

Flag of Hong Kong

Flag of Hong Kong
The flag of Hong Kong. Red with a stylized, white, five-petal Bauhinia flower in the center; each petal contains a small, red, five-pointed star in its middle; the red color is the same as that on the Chinese flag and represents the motherland; the fragrant Bauhinia.

6. The city has the highest number of skyscrapers in the world. More than 7000 buildings in the region have over 14 floors (New York City has almost half of these.)

7. The British government managed to colonize Hong Kong in 1841 during the Opium War.

8. The region has the highest average intelligence quotient in the world at 107.

9. The city is known to have the largest fleet of ferries in the world transporting people and goods to Macau and various Chinese cities.

10. The city hosts the largest number of tourists per year with 2011 recording over 41.92 million visitors who spent more than $33.7 billion.

11. Hong Kong is made up of more than 200 islands which is why it is often necessary to travel over water bodies. Other countries that have a large number of islands include Indonesia – 17,508 and Finland – 18000 as per CIA World Factbook.

Hong Kong city view from The Peak at twilight.
Hong Kong city view from The Peak at twilight.

12. The city is famous for producing some of the best Kung Fu movies and actors including Jacky Chan and Bruce Lee.

13. It has won the title of “The Best Business City in the World” for over four years. This award is organized and announced by Business Traveler Asia Pacific Magazine.

14. The Hong Kong Sevens which is a rugby tournament held in March of every year is the largest rugby tournament in the world. It features over 28 teams from across the world competing for the prize of $150, 000.

15. The region operates the largest fleet of double-deck tramcars which carry over 230, 000 passengers daily.

Hong Kong double-deck tramcars
Interesting facts about Hong Kong: Double-deck tramcars – an efficient and the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong. Image credit – Bernard Spragg

16. The Hong Kong International Airport is among the top ten busiest in the world. It handles over 59 million passengers every day.

17. Hong Kong was under British rule from 1842 to 1997. Today it is a special administration region in China.

18. Hong Kong locals believe that eating noodles on your birthday is a sure way to boost long life and blessings.

Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong.
Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong.

19. The Tsing Ma bridge is a remarkable work of art that is considered among prestigious landmarks in the region. It is the longest road and rail suspension bridge in the world.

20. Hong Kong governance system guarantees free education for students up to 12 years.

21. The region was ranked fourth in the global billionaires list in 2016. This was due to over 64 residents holding personal fortunes amounting to over US$1 billion.

22. Some islands that make up the Hong Kong region are completely uninhabitable and unreachable.

Dim Sum. Hong Kong's popular snack, eaten around the world.
Dim Sum.

23. Dim sum which are a popular snack for many people across the world originated from this region.

24. Hong Kong is commonly hit by typhoons between the months of March to November. However, authorities have systems in place to warn residents and manage any outcome that occurs.

25. Hong Kong is home to Forbes’ 2015 richest Asian man called Li Ka-shing.

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