Passport to: Hong Kong!
Posted: March 1, 2021
Hello and welcome to WK Flight 123 to Hong Kong! Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for an international adventure to a rich and diverse city!
Where Are We Going?
Hong Kong is in eastern Asia. It is one of the busiest, most crowded places in the world. Hong Kong is made of a peninsula and a group of islands. It sits at the mouth of the Eastern Pearl River Delta of mainland China. It also borders the South China Sea.
Whose Is It?
Hong Kong isn’t a city in China. But Hong Kong now belongs to the People’s Republic of China. Since 1997, Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Zone of China. Before that, it was a territory of Great Britain. Hong Kong today is a bit like Washington, D.C., in the United States. Washington, D.C., isn’t a state or a country. It is a district of the United States. Hong Kong is a special zone of China.
Hong Kong is packed with people––literally. More than seven and a half million people live there. Hong Kong’s Mongkok district is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most crowded shopping district in the world! We can pray for church leaders and Christians in Hong Kong. Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
What Did You Say?
The national languages in Hong Kong are Mandarin and English. But most people prefer to speak Cantonese at home. Cantonese is a language native to mainland China and Hong Kong.
What’s That Smell?
The name Hong Kong means “fragrant harbor.” Incense factories once lined the river in Hong Kong.
How High Can You Go?
Hong Kong is full of skyscrapers. It has 7,800 high-rise buildings, including more than 300 skyscrapers. There isn’t another city in the whole world with more skyscrapers. The International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong. It has a swimming pool on the 118th floor.
Don’t Look Down!
The world’s longest sea bridge spans 34 miles from Hong Kong to Macau.
Hop on the People Mover.
Hong Kong has the world’s largest outdoor covered escalator. The Mid-Levels Escalator is a moving staircase that travels 2,600 feet. More than 60,000 people use the escalator daily.
Hungry in Hong Kong?
Grab some dim sum! These dumplings and pastries are popular in Hong Kong’s restaurants. The phrase dim sum means “touch your heart.” Egg tarts, mango pudding, and snake soup are also on Hong Kong menus. Nutrients in snake soup are said to be helpful for people with arthritis. The soup can have five different types of snake meat in it! Snakeskin casseroles are also served. Many restaurants handle their own snakes to make sure that the meat is fresh.