10 Interesting facts about Hong Kong

For anyone interested in visiting or curious for learning more about Hong Kong, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. There are about 7 million people that live in Hong Kong.  The name Hong Kong comes from the Cantonese or Hakka name for “fragrant harbour”.  It was transferred from British to China administration in 1997.
  • 2. Within Hong Kong there is the main island (mostly populated on the north side), Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Kowloon, and the northern territories, stretching all the way up to mainland China and the city of Shenzhen.
  • 3. The languages used are Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Portuguese.  While Cantonese is the dominant language, with being handed over from the British relatively recently, most of the signs, restaurant menus, and other text is both in Cantonese and English.
  • 4. You can travel around Hong Kong on either the extensive train and subway system, various buses, ferries going from one island to the next, or taxis everywhere.  Hiking is also a popular activity, with trails going up to Victoria Peak on main island and hundreds of trails on the sparsely populated Lantau Island.
  • 5. People in Hong Kong have the longest life expectancy worldwide, with men at about 79 years and women at 85 years.  The reasons can be varied, some say the smaller food portions preventing overeating, a generally healthier diet with a minimum of red meat, and little alcohol consumption.  Social or family events and celebrations are typically centered around the food being served, versus consuming massive amounts of wine, beer, or other spirits.
  • 6. Hong Kong has a vibrant movie industry, it’s not uncommon to see a film in progress or find yourself accidentally walking into a shoot while about your business.  The well known actor and director Bruce Lee is from Hong Kong, a statue of which is displayed in Kowloon on the Avenue of the Stars.  Other well known actors/actresses include Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, and Jet Li.
  • 7. The currency used is the Hong Kong Dollar, HKD.  Generally known as being a financial center for Asia, is also popular for technology, textiles, and tourism.
  • 8. The cuisine in Hong Kong is mouth watering.  Known for its Dim Sum, with many dishes served in smaller portions, there’s also loads of restaurants with influences of Korean, the Philippines, Japanese, Szechuan, Beijing such as Peking Duck, Portuguese (from neighboring Macau), and many others.  For breakfast are many bakeries, with dozens of rolls including different types of fillings.  For desserts, you’ll find restaurants that specialize in one thing only, dessert.  There are also many types of seafood available, where you can get as fresh as possible from some of the restaurants right on the water such as in Lamma Island.
  • 9. Beverages include many types of Chinese Tea, coffee is usually served cold (due to the intense heat and high humidity), and the popular, relatively local beer is Tsingtao.
  • 10. There are about 22 million people that travel to Hong Kong every year, over three times the actual population.  Reasons for visiting include for business, shopping, visiting Macau (only an hour long ferry ride away), the food, visiting Kowloon, or using as a gateway to mainland China through Shenzhen.

Have your own networks with others in Hong Kong

If you regularly share content or work with people in Hong Kong, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, including Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Portuguese, and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views from respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability create as many networks as you’d like, use the applications, and initial storage for your photos, office files, audio and video files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Hong Kong, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples, and relevant blog articles.

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