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Friday, 24 July 2015

Hong Kong

The refusal of the Chinese Qing authorities to support opium imports caused the outbreak of the First Opium War between the British Empire and the Qing Empire in 1839. Qing's defeat resulted in the occupation of Hong Kong Island by British forces on January 20, 1841.

The picture below shows East India Company iron steam ship Nemesis, commanded by Lieutenant W. H. Hall, with boats from the Sulphur, Calliope, Larne and Starling, destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson's Bay, on January 7, 1841

Hong Kong Police Force, the world's second modern police force and Asia's first, was established on May 1, 1844.

The Battle of Hong Kong ended on December 25, 1941, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. The surrender occurred after 18 days of fierce fighting against the overwhelming Japanese forces that had invaded the territory. The occupation lasted for three years and eight months until Japan surrendered at the end of World War II.

  The arrest of western bankers in Hong Kong by the Japanese
The MTR, the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong, opened on October 1, 1979. The first trains from Shek Kip Mei Station to Kwun Tong Station, initially in a four-car configuration. The first train drivers were trained on the London Underground.

HK Tung Chung Line Train. By User:Honeybee - Wikipedia Commons

The United Kingdom transferred sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China on July 1, 1997 concluding 156 Years of British Rule. The territory became China's first provincial-level special administrative region with a high degree of autonomy under the principle of one country, two systems.

Since its replacement on July 1, 1997, the former flag of Hong Kong (see below) has been used as a symbol of protest against perceived Chinese interference in Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. (The husband's lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.)

Hong Kong is the city with the most Rolls Royces per capita.

Hong Kong is considered the world's worst city for light pollution owing to its numerous spotlights and LED billboards. A 2013 study found that Tsim Sha Tsui was the worst polluted area, with readings on average 1000 times brighter than the benchmark "normal dark sky".

There is one restaurant for every 300 people in Hong Kong, the highest per capita concentration on Earth.

McDonald's staff in Hong Kong are not allowed to throw people out, so many "McRefugees" live there rather than pay steep rent prices.

The words 'Hong Kong' can be spoken without moving your lips.

Hong Kong has more skyscrapers, than any other city on earth. Its 1,294 such edifices, easily outstrips New York City, Dubai and other global metropolises.

Southern Kowloon and Victoria, Hong Kong, 2014. By Estial - Wikipedia Commons

Hong Kong has the most people living at the 15th floor or higher, and the most buildings of at least 100 m (328 ft) and 150 m (492 ft) height in the world.

Standing side by side, the entire world population could squeeze into Hong Kong.

Each evening, at least 44 skyscrapers and buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour light up in a synchronized show called A Symphony of Lights, named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest permanent light and sound festival in the world.

Some buildings on the coast of Hong Kong have holes in them to let dragons pass through.

Hong Kong is the only known place on Earth that can be pronounced without moving your tongues or lips.

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