Population/Currency/Facts, Hong Kong
Favorite thing: This is not fake money! Relax when you received it. It is a new Ten Dollar Note issued since July 2002 and the ten dollar coin will be phased out gradually. No need to call the police when you receive it! (Really happened some time ago)
'Fragrant Harbour' Hong Kong's English name is derived from two Chinese characters, Heung and Gong, usually translated as 'Fragrant Harbour,' though the actual origins of the name are obscure.
Originally it was only the name of a small settlement near Aberdeen, the main fishing and entrepot port on pre-colonial Hong Kong Island. Some historians suggest that Hong Kong's Chinese name was inspired by its export of fragrant incense.
Fondest memory: Kowloon: 'Nine Dragons' ( click for postcard )
The explanation for Kowloon's name is even more romantic. In Chinese, the peninsula's name is Gow Lung, meaning 'Nine Dragons'. The name is thought to have been coined by Emperor Ping, one of two boy- emperors of the doomed Sung Dynasty whose court fled to Hong Kong eight centuries ago. He is said to have counted eight mountains in the area, and decided to name it 'Eight Dragons' (in accordance with the belief that every mountain is inhabited by a dragon).
The Emperor's tally of the peaks was corrected by a quick-witted courtier who pointed out that as emperors were also believed to be dragons, the place should be named 'Nine Dragons' - Ping being the ninth. The origin of Kowloon's name may be a legend, but it is a historical fact that the boy-emperor's travelling palace stayed there. One ancient carved-rock inscription recording the imperial visit stands in a small park on the very edge of Hong Kong International Airport.
There are more than six million people in Hong Kong. About 1.3 million live on Hong Kong Island, around 2 million in mainland Kowloon, and the remainder in the New Territories and Outlying Islands. For administrative and electoral purposes, the territory is divided into various Districts.
Almost 95% of the population is ethnic Chinese; the international community includes various nationalities.
Coming out of Disneyland to the real Hong Kong was truly a shocker as things are not so beautiful. Given, I was expecting that but the stark difference really jolted me. For the last few times that I'd visited Hong Kong, the furthest I went to CityGate where the buildings were spanking new.
Fondest memory: Entering Mongkok, the old buildings were abound. It's nothing bad as we can't expect every building to be brand new. But the entire place feels alot more crammed and some of the buildings looked like they are in dire need of whitewash.
Though some buildings may be old, what's interesting is that you can find interesting sundry stores and knick-knack shops around the area. Worth the visit!