Hong Kong - #AtoZtravel

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Hong Kong - another city that has stolen my heart over the years...

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, and one of the world's leading financial, banking and trading centres. From the moment I first arrived in this crowded, neon-lit, energising city I was hooked by the sounds, smells, people, technology and sheer pace. Hong Kong doesn't sleep - it hums all night long!

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha - Hong Kong 2013
view of Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha 
from the longest cable-car ride in Asia (25 minutes) - Hong Kong 2013

Some cool Hong Kong facts to tickle your tastebuds...
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world. Over 8,000 buildings have more than 14 floors, which is double New York.
  • However, Kong Kong isn't actually that big - occupying an area of 1,104 square kilometres (about 426 square miles).
  • Hong Kong has a massive population of over seven million people, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. In fact Mong Kok (an area in Hong Kong) has the world's highest population density with an average of 130,000 people per square kilometre.
  • Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where 'East meets West', reflecting the mix of its Chinese roots and influences from its time as a British colony. 
  • Most buildings in Hong Kong lack any floor number that has a '4' due to its similarity to the word for 'die' in Cantonese.
  • Hong Kong is the home to Kung Fu, martial arts movies and actor legends Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan.

'Doggie Parking', Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong makes me laugh out loud a lot -
'Doggie Parking', Hong Kong 2013

Hong Kong Disneyland, 2013
Hong Kong is also home to the third Disney theme park outside the US.
Note all the smartphones! Hong Kong Disneyland, 2013

This November I'm blogging every day in a A to Z travel challenge, where I'll share some of the amazing but more obscure places I've travelled to in the world as I make my way through the alphabet. 

If you'd like to join me on this travel blogging challenge please do. I'd love to hear about some of your favourite travel destinations. Tweet using #AtoZtravel and I'll retweet you, or just share your posts in my comment feed. Enjoy and Happy #AtoZtravel November!

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11 comments

  1. This is awesome! I love the idea of doggy parking! I would quite enjoy an A to Z of travel I think!

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    1. Thanks Holly. The doggie parking was hilarious! Feel free to join me any day this month if you wish :)

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  2. No way - a doggy parking !! I have never seen that in my life !! And filled with poodles... Oh dear :-)))

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    1. Yep, this is where you leave your dog while you go shopping in HK ;)

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  3. No number 4s? Crazy! Good luck on the AtoZtravel! You are very driven.

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    1. Thanks Gem. So far I'm not finding it too hard. Feel free to join in if you like!

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  4. I'd love to visit. My sister goes every year with work and she said I'd like it.. It's on my list!

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  5. PS.. Doggy parking - haha!

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    1. Do go - I would love to see Hong Kong through your lens!

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  6. Disney Hong Kong looks amazing!

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

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    1. For the inner child in all of us :)

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