Flipping Over Hong Kong
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Fun Trivia A-Z
Hong Kong, from amazing to zany ... enjoy our A-Z of Fun Trivia in Asia's world city.
Art Basel in Hong Kong
Art Basel in Hong Kong is central to Asia's international art scene, offering a premier platform for renowned artists and galleries. Held annually at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event showcases an eclectic palette of quality art from East and West all under one big roof.
Avenue of Stars
Avenue of Stars, opened in 2004 on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront to pay tribute to local celebrities such as Bruce Lee and Anita Mui, has been revitalised with a host of new features to give visitors an even more exciting and interactive experience.
The Bauhinia x blakeana, whose magnificent blooms brighten the city in the winter months, is the official flower of Hong Kong. Botanists believe that all Bauhinia x blakeana trees in Hong Kong derive from one tree at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
The Bun Festival is a traditional Chinese festival on the tiny island of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong. It is staged to mark the Eighth day of the Fourth Month, in the Chinese calendar (usually in early May) and coincides with the local celebration of Buddha's Birthday.
Big Buddha, or Tian Tan Buddha, can be found on Lantau Island. In fact, it is difficult to miss! Reaching 34 metres high and weighing 250 tonnes, it is one of the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddhas and a favourite with tourists.
The new Central harbourfront
From popular international cultural, sports and tourism events, to relaxing picnics and outdoor yoga, the iconic harbourfront site offers an open-air activity space with unrivaled views of the Hong Kong skyline and the Victoria Harbour.
Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized portions of food. Hong Kong offers some of the most affordable Michelin-starred dishes, such as delicious dim sum for just US$2.
Ding ding (tram)
“Ding ding” is the sound of Hong Kong’s popular and historic trams that have been operating since 1904. They are also world’s largest double-decked trams and still carry around 172,100 passengers every day along the northern part of Hong Kong Island.
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival, or Tuen Ng, is a splashing good time in Hong Kong, the birthplace of modern dragon boat racing. The festival is said to originate from drowning death of an ancient courtier, when people splashed the water to keep the fish away from his body.
The egg tart, a Western influenced Cantonese dessert, is a popular offering at Hong Kong bakeries and teashops (cha chaan teng) especially for afternoon tea. They are best enjoyed piping hot from the oven and washed down with a cup of sweetened HK-style "silk stocking" milk tea.
Express Rail Link
All aboard! With speeds of up to 200km/h, the 26km Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link opened in September 2018 directly connects Hong Kong to 44 stations along the Mainland’s 29,000km national high-speed rail network, and reaches Guangzhou in 47 minutes, Shanghai in 8 hours and Beijing in 9 hours.
Father of Fibre Optics
Professor Charles Kao, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009, is widely regarded as the "Father of Fibre Optic Communications". Without fibre optics, we wouldn't have the Internet or email, Facebook or Twitter!
Formula E HKT Hong Kong E-Prix is one of Formula E’s most iconic races. Held along the Hong Kong Central Harbourfront every year, it is the first ePrix held in Asia to secure double-header status. HK ePrix fans are able to enjoy all the action in the E Village zone for free.
Hong Kong has four seasons: winters are short and chilly, summers are hot and humid, spring and autumn are just right!
Outlying islands, quaint villages, sandy beaches and undulating mountain paths present a lesser-known view of Hong Kong, away from the city centre. Here people love to go cycling, hiking and get close to nature.
Located in the eastern part of Hong Kong, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark is a single entity where sites and landscapes of international significance, including the hexagonal rock columns in Sai Kung, are holistically managed with the support of local communities and other geopark stakeholders.
HK International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport has two runways and operates 1,100 flights daily. It is connected to about 220 destinations worldwide by more than 100 airlines. It is one of the world’s busiest air cargo hubs and has garnered over 70 “World Best Airport” awards.
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
Covering a total length of approximately 55km and straddling the Pearl River Estuary, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opened in October 2018. It is the world’s longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing and connects Hong Kong with Macao and Zhuhai.
First imported in 1970, there are now just 14 original Mister Softee vans selling the popular ice-cream. Did you know that Mister Softee's Hong Kong operation was renamed Mobile Softee in 2010?
Intangible Cultural Heritage
480 items are listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage inventory of Hong Kong. Domains include oral traditions and expressions; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class horse racing body and a leading charitable organisation, providing some sports betting services and managing the Mark Six lottery. Race courses at Sha Tin and Happy Valley host approximately 800 races per year. The LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, which is the most prestigious of Hong Kong’s international Group 1 races, is held in December every year.
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
The ultra-modern Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, capable of handling the world's largest cruise vessels, is helping to establish Hong Kong as a premier cruise hub in the region.
Lo Wu Control Point and Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point
Lo Wu Control Point and Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point between Hong Kong and the Mainland of China are among the busiest land boundary control points in Hong Kong, with more than 380,000 people crossing daily.
Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point
The new Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP) is the first land-based BCP in Hong Kong with direct access facilities for both passengers and vehicles. It is a cross-boundary link to the east of Shenzhen, providing efficient access to and from the eastern part of Shenzhen, Huizhou, eastern parts of Guangdong and neighbouring provinces.
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon is a signature international sporting event in Hong Kong, attracting about 74,000 runners in 2018. Apart from the race, it is committed to serving the community and supporting different charitable causes.
MIT Innovation Node
MIT’s Hong Kong Innovation Node opened in 2016. It is building long-term value by enriching the educational experiences of MIT and Hong Kong students in key areas of practical innovation including entrepreneurship, making, and rapid scale-up of prototypes.
The Peak and A Symphony of Lights provide an amazing night view in Hong Kong. The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, offers stunning panoramic views, and relaxing nature walks. Lights come alive with the world's largest permanent sound and light show (Guinness World Records), with laser beams and searchlights streaming from more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour every evening.
Poon choi or “basin food” is a traditional dish originating in the Hakka walled villages of the New Territories. Combining more than 10 ingredients cooked separately and arranged in layers in large metal bowls or wooden basins, a good-sized poon choi can feed 10 to 12 people at festive tables.
Qipao or "Cheongsam" is a traditional tight-fitting Chinese dress, which sometimes described as being like a wonderful blossom in China's bright-colored fashion scene. Because of its unique charm, many women wear it to show their special grace.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is one of the most popular annual sporting events in Asia. It attracts some of the world’s greatest rugby players and thousands of fans from every corner of the globe to the magnificent Hong Kong Stadium.
The Hong Kong Government is dedicated to promoting research and development (R&D). We have set a target to double the Gross Domestic Expenditure on R&D to about $45 billion a year (i.e. equivalent to 1.5% of GDP) by 2022. To encourage enterprises to conduct more R&D activities, we will provide super tax deduction to qualifying R&D activities conducted in Hong Kong. The first $2 million of qualifying R&D expenditure will enjoy a 300% tax deduction and the remainder at 200%.
Dating back to 1880, the Star Ferry offers great views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. A one-way ticket will set you back just US 34 cents.
Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong. At 393 metres above sea level, it is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree views of the territory and its famous Victoria Harbour.
Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O Fishing Village located on the western side of Lantau Island is a quaint and picturesque village, with the traditional stilt houses of the old Southern Chinese fishing villages.
Tai Kwun - a centre for heritage and arts – is situated at the restored Central Police Station Compound, one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong, comprising three declared monuments – the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.
Hong Kong people love their tea and boast the highest tea consumption among all Asian cities at 1,360 grams per capita - twice the world's average. Hong Kong people also enjoy a glass of herbal tea made with exotic blends of traditional herbs.
Eight public universities are funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC). Nearly 100,000 students are studying UGC-funded programmes and about 36% of them studied STEM-related programmes in 2016/17.
Flowing between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon peninsula, Victoria Harbour is the jewel of Hong Kong encircled by a stunning cityscape. A trip on the Star Ferry offers a unique experience in the true heart of Hong Kong, Asia’s world city. Don’t miss the Guinness World Record Symphony of Lights, staged every night at 8pm.
With 60 hectares of wetland reserve and a 10,000-square metre visitor centre, Hong Kong Wetland Park has received a number of international awards granted by professional organisations, including the Institute of Landscape Architects of UK and the Urban Land Use Institute of USA.
Hong Kong is Asia's premier wine hub and among the top three wine auction centres in the world. In 2008, the government eliminated wine import tariffs, making the city the first free wine port among major economies.
Xiqu Centre, a new world-class performing arts venue at the West Kowloon Cultural District dedicated to promoting Chinese opera, houses a 1,073-seat Grand Theatre and a variety of facilities specially designed for different types of xiqu-related functions and activities.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong has introduced a 3D X-ray machine which can cut radiation exposure by more than half, especially important for children with spinal deformities.
Surrounded by the sea, Hong Kong currently has around eight main marinas that are capable of mooring and serving big yachts. There are also large mooring spaces provided by the government for pleasure yachts. These are known as typhoon shelters. Royal Yacht Club Hong Kong is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world.
Zero Carbon Building
Hong Kong's first Zero Carbon Building (ZCB), developed under the collaboration between the Government and the Construction Industry Council, comprises a three-storey building set amidst landscaped surroundings in the heart of Kowloon Bay. The complex deploys over 80 different green building technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.