Hong Kong City, China. A metropolitan area and special administrative region of China.
Has a population of more than 7.6 million people of various nationalities.
Covers an area of 1,104 square-kilometre territory.
It is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under a principle of “one country, two systems.”
The territory has become one of the most significant financial centers in the world.
It is the world’s tenth largest exporter and ninth largest importer.
Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation and free trade.
Its currency, Hong Kong dollar is the eighth most traded in the world.
The city hosts the largest concentration of ultra high net worth individuals of any city in the world.
Although the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, there is severe income inequalities among residents.
It is a highly developed territory and ranks fourth on UN human development index.
The city also has the largest number of skycrapers of any city in the world. Its residents have some of the highest life expectancies in the world.
The dense space also has led to development of transport network with public transport rates exceeding 90%.
It is the 6th in the Global Financial Centers Index.
10 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN HONG KONG CITY.
- Don’t carry to many cigarettes when entering Hong Kong. Instead, just carry up to the required maximum amount of 19 or face 2 years of jail term and a fine of 128,000 dollars!
- Do not smoke in public. Hong Kong forbids smoking almost in all public places. Instead, smoke only near a trash can or in the special smoking rooms where smoking is allowed.
- Do not forget to use the safety belt, if there is one. Instead, to avoid fines and breaking the law, always use one if it is available, for your own safety.
- Don’t go at the crowded shopping areas at weekends or on holidays. Instead, explore the beautiful shopping areas during weekdays, when people are working or at school.
- Don’t be a snail. Hong People are fast doers and walkers. So instead, try not to walk slow and block anyone’s way as this will leave the locals irritated.
- Do not only travel in taxis or MTR. Instead, opt for local buses which are cheaper than taxis and also gives better view of the city.
- Avoid just shopping in malls alone. Instead, try shopping locally in square streets where goods are sold at a pocket friendly prices.
- Don’t stay on Hong Kong Island all the time. It is just one of the 260 islands nearby. Instead, visit other islands to experience the best of different flora and fauna.
- Don’t just stay in any hotel. Instead, research well about the hotels before going to Hong Kong. This will help you avoid staying at hotels that provide substandard services.
- Do not blindly cross the road. Instead, watch your sides before crossing safely.
10 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HONG KONG
- 40% of Hong Kong’s territory consists of country park and nature reserves.
- Hong Kong City boasts the world’s longest covered escalator. The mid levels escalator runs for a half-mile.
- Hong Kongers have a long established entrepreneurial spirit and desire to make money.
- There are actually 263 islands in Hong Kong. Some are accessible while others are completely inhabitable and unreachable.
- Omitting the number four in buildings is common because four sounds like the word “death” in Chinese. This makes four unlucky. Conversely, lucky number eight represents wealth.
- Hong Kong international airport is the same size as 20 soccer fields.
- It have over 8,000 glittering skycrapers. The tallest one is almost 500 meters high and has a swimming pool located at its 118th floor.
- You are considered lucky if you have a daughter followed by a son in Hong Kong.
- Hong kong hosts one of the world’s biggest rugby tournaments, Hong Kong Sevens every spring.
- Hong Kong means Fragrant Habor.