Interesting Facts about Hong Kong II

16) It has the most skyscrapers in the world, with 8,000 buildings having more than 14 floors, almost double that of New York.


17) The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) won more than 25 awards and accolades in 2012 from the international media and the travel industry.


18) It consumes triple the world average of tea at a total of 9.8 million kilograms annual. This equates to an average of 1.4 kilograms of tea per person in Hong Kong per year. The world's most expensive tea available in Hong Kong (learn more via guide of travel to Hong Kong) is Iron Buddha at HKD20,000 per kilogram.


19) 'A Symphony of Lights' is recognised by Guinness World


20) The British government colonised Hong Kong in 1841 during the first Opium War (1839-43), establishing a free-enterprise economy and trading centre in Asia, whose capitalist economy, political and social systems will be maintained by China for at least 50 years after the handover in 1997.


21) Its population is predominantly Chinese and Cantonese remains the common language of communication.


22) The number of mainland tourists to the territory has surged from 4.5 million in 2001 to 28 million in 2011, outnumbering visitors from all other countries combined.


23) Street food in Hong Kong is a unique culinary experience with stalls jutting out into pedestrian sidewalks offers skewers of cooked meat, offal, vegetables and cut fresh fruits. Mongkok is one of the most popular street food destinations with locals and visitors. You can eat here after Hong Kong tour.


24) It was one of the stops in French writer Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" published in 1873.


25) The impact of shortage of land in Hong Kong has forced residents to consider online burial plots as a way of commemorating their loves ones. Traditional burial plots like those at the Chinese Christian Cemetery in Pokfulam can cost more than HKD650,000 if available.


26) It has historically been the world's leading city with the maximum number of Rolls-Royce luxury cars per capita. The largest single order of 14 Rolls-Royce Phantoms was by The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong.


27) White truffles seemed to be prized in Hong Kong with USD129,000 paid for 760g used in a 8-course truffle dinner in 2009.


28) It was regarded as the world's best destination for leisure visitors and meetings in 2012. Hong Kong was voted the "Best FIT Destination of the Year" in the China Travel & Meeting Industry Awards 2012 organised by travel magazine Travel Weekly. It was also named the "Best City for MICE Events" in the 2012 Industry Awards organised by CEI Asia Pacific magazine.


29) "Cha Chan Teng" or milk tea (literally translated from the Cantonese language) is an entirely Hong Kong food culture phenomenon that developed in the 1950s when western food cooked were served in Chinese eateries.


30) It has the highest IQ average at 107.


31) Dancing is serious business especially among Hong Kong's rich ladies who are willing to pay for the best teachers in order to rule the city's glitzy charity ball circuit. It was reported in 2006 that one such individual paid HKD62 million for salsa dance lessons.


32) The world's largest fleet of ferries provide the most popular and convenient way to travel between Hong Kong, Macau and other neighbouring Chinese cities.


33) Its 5,000 hectare Hong Kong Global Geopark of China (one of main Hong Kong sightseeings) is listed as part of UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network and lauded as a unique "geopark in the city" as it is location just an hour bus or car ride away from the city centre.


34) It is considered to be the largest metropolis for luxury goods and status symbols in Asia.


35) Hong Kong's Chow Tai Fook Jewellery paid a record price of USD35.5 million for the 19th largest uncut diamond of 507-carat from Petra Diamonds.


36) It is the top retail destination attracting 84 percent of the luxury brands surveyed by Global real estate advisory firm CBRE in 2011.


37) Dim sum or yum cha [飲茶], which originated with the Cantonese in southern China, is now a staple of Chinese dining culture, especially in Hong Kong where many restaurants start serving dim sum as early as 5am.


38) In 2011 alone, 41.92 million visitors arrived in Hong Kong and spend an estimated USD33.7 billion.


39) A USD19 million "Mega Events Fund" was proposed by the Financial Secretary to draw even more large-scale arts, cultural, sports and entertainment events to Hong Kong in 2013.


40) It is actually composed of more than 200 islands.


Don't miss these place in Hong Kong for your affordable China tours.
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