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Interesting Facts About Hong Kong

Madogs and Englishmen in Hong Kong


The crowded Mong Kok Market street in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong is a unique city and there are plenty of interesting facts about Hong Kong. Below you’ll find Noel Coward and his noon day gun, as well as sardines and skyscrapers in our selection of facts about Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong’s official name is the tongue twisting Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or Hong Kong SAR. Find out more in What Country is Hong Kong in?

  • The city’s name, Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbor

  • Hong Kong is the most densely populated city in the world. The current sardine squeezing world record holder is the Mongkok district. Take our Tour of the Mongkok Ladies Market.

  • The saying ‘Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the miday sun’ originated in Hong Kong. Noel Coward wrote the words referring to the Noon Day Gun in Causeway Bay fired every day at the stroke of midday since colonial times.

  • Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce’s per person than any other city in the world.

  • Hong Kong’s official languages are Chinese (Spoken Cantonese) and English. Find out more in our Do Hong Kongers Speak English article.

  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world. Classified as buildings with more than 14 floors, Hong Kong has around 8000, almost double that of New York its nearest rival. Take a look with our Picture Tour of Hong Kong’s Skyscrapers.
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