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15 Things You Must Know about Hong Kong

1.Hong Kong Disneyland (2005) is the third Disney theme park outside the US and the first in China.

2. About 3/4 of of Hong Kong is rural. It has 24 country parks, scenic hills, woodlands, reservoirs and coastline.

3. Professor Charles Kao, the ‘father of fibre optic communications’ and winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics is from Hong Kong.

4. The services industry accounts for 92.9 % of Hong Kong’s GDP with 41.4 percent of its labour force working in wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels.

5. Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world. It has 8,000 buildings with more than 14 floors, almost double that of New York.

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6. ‘A Symphony of Lights’ is considered by Guinness World Records as as the world’s ‘Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’.

7. Hong Kong has historically been the world’s leading city with the maximum number of Rolls-Royce luxury cars per capita.

8. Hong Kong has the highest IQ average at 107.

9. Dancing is taken very seriously here particularly by Hong Kong’s wealthy women. They are willing to pay for the best teachers to rule the city’s glitzy charity ball circuit.

10.Hong Kong is  composed of over 200 islands.

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11. It is home to Kung Fu/martial arts films and Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan.

12. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) one of the world’s top 10 busiest international passenger airports.

13. Hong Kong is the world’s most expensive place to buy a home. HKD1.5 million buys just 500 square feet. One bedroom apartments in Tsim Sha Tsui are sold for about HKD25 million.

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14. Hong Kong Tramways operates the world’s biggest fleet of double-deck tramcars, transporting 230,000 passengers on average per day.

15. The number of mainland tourists to the territory has increased from 4.5 million in 2001 to 28 million in 2011, outnumbering tourists from all other countries combined.



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