Ten fun facts about Hong Kong

Ten fun facts about Hong Kong

1. A bustling metropolis with a vibrant culture

Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis, home to over 7 million people, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world. As of December 2013, the population density of Hong Kong was 6,788 people per square kilometer, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. With its vibrant culture, bustling nightlife, and stunning skyline, Hong Kong is a city that is sure to captivate any visitor.

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2. Hong Kong has the highest life expectancy rate in the world!

As of 2012, Hong Kong had the highest life expectancy rate of any region in the world, with an average of 84.7 years for men and 87.8 years for women. This is significantly higher than the global average of 68.5 years for men and 73.8 years for women. The high life expectancy rate in Hong Kong is attributed to its high quality healthcare system, low levels of air pollution, and access to nutritious food.

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3. 36 Skyscrapers: Hong Kong's Impressive Cityscape

Hong Kong is renowned for its impressive skyline, boasting an incredible 1,223 skyscrapers - more than any other city in the world. Of these, 36 are among the 100 tallest residential buildings on the planet, making it a truly remarkable destination for those seeking to live in the clouds. With its unique blend of modern and traditional architecture, Hong Kong is a city that never fails to impress.

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4. Hong Kong's Oldest University: A History of Success

Established between 1910 and 1912, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest university in Hong Kong. It is a public research university located in Pokfulam, Hong Kong, and is the oldest higher education institution in the territory. It is also the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong and is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the region. The university has produced numerous notable alumni, including two Nobel laureates, and has been ranked as one of the top universities in the world.

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5. 64% of Hong Kong residents do not identify with any religion

A 2011 poll revealed that an astonishing 64% of Hong Kong residents do not identify with any religion. This is a remarkable statistic, especially considering the fact that Hong Kong is a densely populated city with a diverse population. The poll also showed that the majority of those who do not identify with any religion are under the age of 35, indicating that the trend of non-religious belief is likely to continue in the future.

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6. A city with a bilingual population

Hong Kong is a unique city, where 89% of the population speaks Cantonese, yet English is widely used in the Government, legal and business sectors. This is due to the city's long history of being a British colony, which has resulted in English becoming an important language for official and commercial purposes. As a result, many of the city's residents are bilingual, speaking both Cantonese and English.

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7. 18 Districts, 18 Councils

Hong Kong is a unique city in that it is divided into 18 geographic districts, each with its own district council. This system of local government was established in 2000, replacing the previous system of local government that had been in place since the city's founding. Each district council is responsible for the governance of its respective district, and is elected by the citizens of that district. This system of local government ensures that the citizens of Hong Kong have a say in the decisions that affect their lives.

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8. Hong Kong Struggles to Recover After SARS Outbreak

In 2003, Hong Kong was hit hard by the SARS outbreak, with the World Health Organization reporting at least 299 deaths in the city. This was a devastating blow to the population, with the death toll being the highest of any city affected by the virus. The impact of the virus was felt across the city, with the government taking drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus, including closing schools, public spaces, and restricting travel. The effects of the virus were long-lasting, with the city still feeling the repercussions of the outbreak today.

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9. The world's tallest building is in Hong Kong

Standing at a staggering 484 meters tall, the International Commerce Centre is the world's seventh tallest building by height, the world's third tallest by the number of floors, and the undisputed tallest building in Hong Kong. This impressive structure is located in the heart of the city, and is home to a variety of businesses, restaurants, and even a hotel. It is a symbol of the city's economic success and a testament to the ambition of its people.

10. Building superstitions in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, many buildings do not have a fourth floor due to the fact that the number four is homophonous to the Chinese word for 'death'. This superstition is so strong that it is common practice to omit the fourth floor in buildings throughout China, not just in Hong Kong. This superstition is believed to bring bad luck and is a reflection of the Chinese culture's strong belief in superstition and the afterlife.

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