Sunday, November 4, 2007

hmmmGoy, Hong Kong!

1988, 1992, 1995, 1997

The words Hong Kong mean fragrant harbour.
Kowloon, one of Hong Kong's mainland regions, means Nine Dragons.

Hong Kong is very hilly and there are outdoor escalators in the Central district of the Island.

On 1st July 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China.

The Regent Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui has been designed so that the dragons can pass through and feed at the harbour. There is a fountain to attract them and huge glass windows to allow them to pass through!

Temples should always have hills behind them and face the sea for good luck.

Chinese lucky numbers are 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9. Unlucky numbers are 1, 4 and 7 (4 and 7 sound like the Chinese word for death)

People eat long noodles on their birthday so they may have a long life.

After the Handover, one of the celebrations was a concert called "The Event" with Wet Wet Wet, Michael Learns to Rock, Lisa Stansfield and All-4-One.

When the Chinese in Hong Kong marry, they go through two wedding ceremonies. The first is the official signing of the register and the bride wears a white western bridal dress. The second ceremony is the banquet which can take place up to two years later. The marriage is not recognised until the banquet takes place. During the banquet the bride wears the traditional red mandarin collared gold embroidered dress and a tea ceremony takes place where the bride and groom serve tea to the groom's parents.

Songbirds are favourite pets in many Chinese households and are bought for their singing abilities. People in Hong Kong "walk" their songbirds and take them with them to the teahouses.
An airplane lands or takes off every two and a half minutes at Hong Kong's airports.

Facts taken from World Info Zone.

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