How well do you know Hong Kong?

Here’s a fun quiz to test your knowledge of Hong Kong!

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#1. How many islands make up the territory of Hong Kong?

Actually, The territory of Hong Kong comprises 263 islands, of which 55 are uninhabited. To qualify as an island it has to be at least 500 square metres in area.

#2. Where is this?

These three in the picture are three of the Six Devas that surround the Tian Tan Buddha (the big Buddha). The six of them are offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha.

#3. Who was the last governor of Hong Kong?

It was actually Chris Patten, who was assigned to the post by John Major after losing his seat in the 1992 UK general election.

Patten is fondly remembered in Hong Kong because he did as much as it was possible to do in the 5 years of his governorship to extend the political franchise.

He was very much a ‘man of the people’, and it was common to see pictures of him in local tea shops and small family restaurants which he visited often.

#4. What is this building?

It is the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) headquarters at Tamar. It used to be the HMS Tamar/Prince of Wales building during colonial times and was the Royal Navy’s executive shore establishment on Hong Kong Island until the handover in 1997.

#5. What is the name of Hong Kong’s flag carrier airline?

It’s actually Cathay Pacific. It was founded immediately after the end of World War 2, in 1946, and today serves 190 destinations in 60 countries. It is the world’s 10th largest airline by sales.

#6. Where is this?

It’s actually the Po Lin Monastery, located near Ngong Ping and the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island. It was built in 1906, around the same time as the Tian Tan Buddha was erected. More information here.

#7. The Star Ferry service is Hong Kong’s oldest – when was it launched?

It was founded in 1888. It provides ferry services between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui.

When it was first launched the trip across the harbour took 1 hour but, thanks to all the reclamation, on both sides of the harbour, the trip today takes less than 10 minutes.

#8. Who was the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after the handover in 1997?

It was actually Tung Chee Wah.

At the time of writing (May 2020), Tung has been the only Chief Executive to win re-election. However, he resigned mid way through his second term after protest marches of 500,000, and strong resistance from pro-democracy groups, caused a security bill that would have introduced tough restrictions on establishing contacts with political bodies outside Hong Kong to be shelved.

#9. What building is this?

It’s the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre.

It’s where the ceremony by which the United Kingdom handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997 took place. That weekend was one of the wettest on record and the roof was leaking in a few places because the building had only just been finished in time for the ceremony.

I believe the participants in the ceremony remained dry, though!

#10. Where is this?

It’s actually the Wisdom Path at Ngong Ping, Lantau, leading up to a series of 38 wooden steles (upright monuments).

These are set out in an infinity pattern and contain verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra, which is one of the world’s best-known prayers, revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike.

It’s near the Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha) and the Po Lin Monastery.

#11. In what type of restaurant would you see food served like this?

You would find it in a dim sum restaurant.

Dim sum restaurants serve small helpings of different types of food in these bamboo containers. Generally you would go to a dim sum restaurant with a group of people, each of whom might request a dish or two, then all the dishes are served up and everyone digs in. It’s a bit similar to eating tapas in a Spanish restaurant.

The noise level in dim sum restaurants is extreme! There’s always a clashing and crashing of dishes and cups, and somehow everyone ends up shouting..!

#12. What building is this?

It’s the Bank of China Tower.

Completed in 1990, it stands not far from the original Bank of China Building, which had been built in 1951. The Tower attracted some criticism from feng shui masters for its sharp edges and X patterns, and it is the only major tower in Hong Kong to have been built without first consulting feng shui masters for approval.

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