Visiting Hong Kong is one of those exciting adventures you’ll never forget in your life, even if you’ve been there before and think you know everything about this place. The best thing about it is that it keeps surprising you and lets you discover new and wonderful things. If you too are a fan of Hong Kong, here are ten of the most interesting things you probably didn’t know.
Hills, hills, hills
Not that many people know that Hong Kong is a place full of hills, especially on Hong Kong Island. This means you’re constantly moving up and down – something like San Francisco, for instance – and covering a huge mileage, no matter where you’re going. This also means you can pick a few of the most exciting peaks in Hong Kong and visit them to get a better perspective of the city and what it really looks like, which is always good.
Lots of beaches
Most people don’t go to Hong Kong to enjoy the beaches, but the fact is that this amazing city is full of them. From public areas that are popular with tourists to more private spots that only locals visit, these numerous beaches will help you relax during your visit to Hong Kong, take your mind off your problems and enjoy your free time.
If you’re not a fan of swimming and other water activities, you can always enjoy hiking around Hong Kong and discover its more adventurous side. There are miles and miles of hiking trails you can explore, as well as over twenty different ultra-marathons you can participate in, so you’ll surely be able to find an outdoor activity you’re going to enjoy.
Hong Kong is also known for its revolutionary health industry, and lots of people from all over the world come here every year to talk to medical professionals who perform miracles here. There are lots of things you can explore, whether you need a simple procedure, or are looking for professional physiotherapy in Hong Kong, you’ll do something good for your body and feel better than before.
This is another thing people generally don’t know, but Hong Kong’s role in the global beauty industry is getting bigger and bigger. Mostly concentrated in small companies, beauty experts in this place are constantly doing a lot to promote natural ingredients, procedures, treatments, and techniques that everyone can explore, from locals to tourists. They’re also exploring new exporting options, which means their ideas and results will soon reach the entire world.
An international city
Speaking of the entire world, you’d be surprised to learn that there are more nationalities living in Hong Kong than you can imagine. From Indonesian and Filipino people to Indians, Japanese and Thai, you’re going to notice people from basically every part of Asia living together here. In addition to that, there are lots of Westerners as well – people from the USA, Great Britain, Canada, France, and other places found their peace in this beautiful place, making it more interesting and versatile than anyone can expect.
Here’s another interesting fact about Hong Kong you may not have been familiar with before – it has over 1,200 skyscrapers! These put this city high on the list of places with the highest number of high buildings in the world, but what makes it even more special is its number one position when it comes to the number of buildings that are over 500 feet high. Namely, Hong Kong has more of these buildings than any other city in the world, which makes it the so-called tallest city in the world and a place with an impressive skyline.
Cigarettes and liquor
Even though these things are rather fascinating, Hong Kong might not be the most popular city in the world for tourists who love smoking. The problem is that you’re not allowed to bring in more than nineteen cigarettes – not packs, but cigarettes – into the city when you’re visiting it. On the other hand, if you prefer alcohol, you’re in luck: there are no restrictions when it comes to selling liquor, so you can enjoy more brands and types of alcohol than you’ve ever imagined!
Such a specific demographic situation made Hong Kong rather exciting when it comes to different neighborhoods and districts, which is why a number of them are quite hip and popular at the moment. Po Hing Fong neighborhood, for instance, is now famous for its cool coffee shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques that attract more and more people year after year, making it one of the hippest areas in the entire city. This also encourages local entrepreneurs and business to explore this neighborhood, making it even vibrant than before.
Smoggy and green
Lots of tourists know that Hong Kong has a problem with air pollution, but they’re not sure how serious this problem is until they actually come to the city. Air pollution here is no joke, so look into it before you arrive here. However, there’s more to Hong Kong than air pollution, and the amount of trees here is fascinating – there are lots of parks and green spaces you can enjoy, so just pick those you like the most and don’t be afraid to spend your free time there.
As you can see, Hong Kong has so much to offer you, so embrace its versatility and charm, and enjoy it to the fullest!
About the author:
Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design he worked as a fashion stylist for few local fashion events. Beside fashion and styling, he enjoys traveling around exotic destinations and discovering new vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his personal styling business.