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Things About Hong Kong That You May Not Know

Updated on July 4, 2017

Flag of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, officially part of China, is an autonomous territory that sits on the Pearl River.
Hong Kong, officially part of China, is an autonomous territory that sits on the Pearl River. | Source

A View From Above

Hong Kong covers a total of 427 square miles and has a population of just over 7.4 million people.
Hong Kong covers a total of 427 square miles and has a population of just over 7.4 million people. | Source

Hong Kong Has the Densest Population On Earth

The densest population on the planet is located in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has 6,500 people per square kilometer which is very dense to say the least. A small land to say the least which makes it overcrowded with not a lot of private walks.

The official name of Hong Kong is pretty long. It is actually named the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

Map of Hong Kong

Tea Time in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, milk tea is common amongst the people. It is made up of milk and black tea.
In Hong Kong, milk tea is common amongst the people. It is made up of milk and black tea. | Source

Hong Kong Has the Record for Total Tea Consumption

The land of Hong Kong is a land of tea drinkers to the core. Tea Houses started in Hong Kong near the end of the 19th century and people only purchased tea leaves in the beginning. The big kahuna in Hong Kong is milk tea which is a mixture of milk and Ceylon black tea. Patrons from America to the U.K. come try this tea during their visits as it is a known thing for tea lovers worldwide.

Hong Kong covers a total of 1,064 square miles with water making up 637 of those miles.

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Welcome to Hong Kong

The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar.
The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar. | Source

Hong Kong is Made of Over 230 Islands

Hong Kong is made up of over 230 islands, many of which are small and uninhibited. The islands have wonderful views, beautiful beaches and lots of them have bicycle/motor scooter trails as well. Peng Chau island and Lamma island are set up for tourism and they are simply amazing with bars, pools, hotels, restaurants and lots of shows and entertainment to keep it fun.

Although under China rule, Hong Kong still has its own political system. Their economic system is vastly different from China.

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Hong Kong Weather Forecast

Some people in Hong Kong only know Chinese but many speak fluent English as well.
Some people in Hong Kong only know Chinese but many speak fluent English as well. | Source

Almost All of Hong Kong Speaks English

Hong Kong has two official languages which are Chinese and English. Hong Kong obviously speaks Chinese since they are under China's rule. English was learned in Hong Kong while they were a British colony under England's control. Both languages are known to almost each Hong Kong resident.

Hong Kong is almost always ranked the number one most competitive economic entity.

Macau Tower

Macau Tower is 1,109 feet tall and a pure thrill for bungee enthusiasts.
Macau Tower is 1,109 feet tall and a pure thrill for bungee enthusiasts. | Source

The Highest Bungee Jump In the World is in Hong Kong

Macau Tower is the tallest bungee jump known to man. It is 233 meters and it's called "skyjump". The tower has shopping restaurants, and a cool thing called Skywalk X which is a walk around the outer edge of the tower. The bungee jump opened in 2001 and people flock to it all the time. To be honest, if I ever visit Hong Kong I would love to do this bungee jump.

You would think the Hong Kong population are risk takers when you hear about the bungee but another fact about Hong Kong is that they have the longest life expectancy.

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Follow the Rules

To avoid fines, one must obey all signs or suffer the consequences.
To avoid fines, one must obey all signs or suffer the consequences.

Do Not Eat or Drink in Certain Areas in Hong Kong

Fines are stiff when people ignore warning signs about certain laws in areas with restrictions. Hong Kong has a rule at MTR train stations that says no food or drink on the train or even at the station, period. They do this to keep ticket prices down and to maintain absolute cleanliness. Considering bus and train travel is the number one mode of transportation, this rule needs to be changed.

Hong Kong is often called the "Pearl of the Orient", which refers to the beautiful lights that decorate and illuminate the city at night.

Hong Kong Police

Hong Kong is not loaded with crime but when problems arise law enforcement is not far away.
Hong Kong is not loaded with crime but when problems arise law enforcement is not far away. | Source

In Hong Kong They Drive Different

In Hong Kong they drive on the opposite side of the road (compared to America) and the steering wheel in the car is on the right side instead of the left side like in the U.S. It is quite normal to the residents of Hong Kong but tourists would have a hard time adapting if they were driving.

Learn all the laws, driving and otherwise, before entering Hong Kong. Each country has different laws as well as way different punishment for crimes.

Puppy Love

In Hong Kong, it is a huge deal when someone can own a canine as a pet.
In Hong Kong, it is a huge deal when someone can own a canine as a pet. | Source

Dogs are a Major Status Symbol in Hong Kong

Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are beloved in Hong Kong. It started with therapy dogs helping the blind and children with disabilities as well. The love blossomed from there and now Hong Kong natives have a love affair with canines of all sizes. This is good to know for me cause I love animals and dogs in particular.

Canines are somewhat expensive and having one shows that you are doing well.

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Sail Away!

All types ships cruise the Hong Kong waters with exports, imports and visitors.
All types ships cruise the Hong Kong waters with exports, imports and visitors. | Source

Water Transport and Hong Kong Go Hand in Hand

Hong Kong has constant movement among its waters with boats and barges constantly importing and exporting items. Delivering goods is not the only use of water vessels in Hong Kong. Quite the contrary as thousands of tourist use the boats for sightseeing, fishing and other sea activities.

The waters are beautiful and swimming, fishing and sailing are done all over the islands daily.

Veggies Anyone?

Food is food, no matter which area of the earth you live in.
Food is food, no matter which area of the earth you live in. | Source

Grocery Stores and Bars Are Usually Housed in Basements

Super markets as well as bars are normally downstairs in building basements. Some places have restaurants upstairs and the super market down below. Also, some stores start upstairs and continue below with a staircase and no elevators. Sounds a little weird but it is the standard.

Hong Kong has lots of nighttime entertainment for all walks of life.

Hong Kong is On The Map

Hong Kong is a sovereign state that is officially part of the People's Republic of China.
Hong Kong is a sovereign state that is officially part of the People's Republic of China. | Source

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      Angel Guzman 2 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Looks cool! Wow seven million is a lot of people. Wouldn't mind spending a week here one day.

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      Buster Johnson 2 weeks ago from Alabama

      Stay tuned. I got Indonesia and Maylasia coming up!

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