Hong Kong is the Western world’s gateway to China, where 21st century lifestyle mingles with Chinese tradition. It has a population of 7 million people living mostly in high-rise buildings which make Hong Kong the most vertical city of the world. Hong Kong, an exceedingly autonomous region belonging to the People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong is situated on the country’s south coast, in the Pearl River Delta. Its 7 million residents make Hong Kong one of the world’s most densely populated areas.

The culture of Hong Kong is a unique combination of East and West as a result of the British colonization during the 19th and 20th centuries. The fusion of Chinese tradition and westernized way of life is well reflected in the city’s architecture as well as its cuisine.

Hong Kong is one of the leading financial centers of the world thanks to its independent capitalist economy that boasts one of the highest per capita incomes worldwide. Although Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate, the month of November is usually sunny and dry with an average temperature of 21°C.

Facts about Hong Kong:

  • Literally translated, Hong Kong means “Fragrant Harbor”
  • The official languages are Cantonese and English
  • Hong Kong was taken over by the British forces after the defeat of China in the Opium War of 1842
  • On July 1st, 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China
  • Hong Kong architects take Feng Shui into consideration when designing buildings
  • Hong Kong residents eat noodles on their birthdays in order to live a long and blessed life
  • Hong Kong boasts of more Rolls Royce cars per person than any other city in the world
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world (2000) almost the double of New York
  • Lucky numbers in Hong Kong are 2,3,6,8 and 9 and the unlucky ones are 1, 4 and 7.
  • 98% of Hong Kong’s income goes to the top 3% of the society
  • Hong Kong has the highest average IQ in the world at 107.

Visit the official Hong Kong Tourism Board website for more information about the city.