Surprising facts about Hong Kong
I still remember when I visited Hong Kong back in 2011 for my birthday in November. I spent a few days there with someone who was a friend of mine that time (but not any more) and lovely Monika (I met before in Bangkok and we then traveled to the flooded Cambodia).
I spent just 5 days in Hong Kong after I visited crazy Singapore but sometimes such a short time gives you enough thoughts. I was surprised by so many things I found in Hong Kong. Many of them I did not expect. Ok, I am not going to lie to you. Maybe the only thing I did expect there was A LOT OF PEOPLE. And I was right about this one as well as about Hong Kong being the same great city for night photography as Singapore . If not that fog following me there every day of my visit, I could have took some calming shots!
Beside the obvious, I also found many surprising facts about Hong Kong during my visit:
crowds at Hong Kong streets
- many hair salons
- many buses
- small funny buses
- double decker trams
double decker tram
- small packed restaurants
- eating dumplings all the time
- many skyscrapers
Hong Kong skyline
- many cosmetics shops
- locals don’t exercise that much comparing to Singapore, I did not see many people running but only walking and slowly jogging
- saw more people smoking than in Thailand or Philippines even though there are many no smoking places around Hong Kong
- bathroom cannot be found in the restaurants but in the shopping malls like in Singapore and in many parts of Malaysia too
- wear boots a lot
- almost no locals wear sunglasses, not even when it’s sunny
- locals walk with their older parents/grandparents holding their hands in the parks
- people of different religion go to parks and the whole families eat there, dance and listen to the music
families in parks
- they have a spaghetti house – I would not expect such a popular and expensive pasta restaurant in Asia
- people walking in all directions
- massages are popular
- black tea with chinese food is famous
- overcrowded trains in the city centre
- both Chinese and English names and signs at the street
signs in Chinese and English
- many signs what not to do
- people with shopping bags are everywhere
- red and white taxis
- taxi stands at the street have a sign and only there you can wait for a taxi. There were long lines of people waiting.
- many bakeries – also less common in Asia
- sliced pork and beef in street stalls
cooking meat in street stalls
- not that posh like Singapore
- many people with glasses
- no old cars
- European prices – yes, forget about SE Asia cheap holidays
- budget accommodation is not easy to find
- sings on the road ”look left, look right”
- I also found surprising that not many people spoke English which was a problem for me in the restaurants to find out what kind of meat was it as I don’t eat anything else but chicken.
For me, Hong Kong was about the unforgettable views, crowds, lights, skyscrapers, shopping and not being able to find good vegetarian food … and once again also about being overcrowded!
Have you visited Hong Kong? Did you find other facts about Hong Kong that surprised you?