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Quiz: How well do you really know Hong Kong?

Think you know a thing or two about Hong Kong? It’s a vibrant city with a rich history and plenty of quirky information abounds. Try our trivia challenge! (With a bit of luck, you’ll have picked up some hints while flicking through our City Guide!)


#1 What MTR stations have the following anagrams: Dirty Lama, Prawned Cider, Mild Hand Oil?

#2 Which popular food in Hong Kong translates to “touch the heart”?

#3 Portuguese explorer Jorge Álvares is thought to have been the first European to set foot in Hong Kong. In which century did he arrive?

#4 What is the most expensive street on the Hong Kong monopoly board?

#5 Is the population of Hong Kong closer to 6 million or 8 million people?

#6 Athlete Lee Lai-Shan won Hong Kong’s only ever Olympic Games gold medal in which aquatic sport?

#7 Before Typhoon Hato in 2017, what was the name of the last typhoon to reach a Signal 10 strength (the highest rating, indicating a hurricane)?

#8 How many different tones are there in Cantonese?

#9 What colour are the taxis on Lantau?

South Lantau

#10 What is the symbol of the Hong Kong Tourist Board?

#11 The clock tower in Tsim Sha Tsui is a remnant of what?

#12 What major sporting event was first held in 1976?

#13 Hong Kong is said to be the city with the highest number of which type of car, per capita?

#14 Which started operating first, the Peak Tram or the Star Ferry?

#15 What does Kowloon mean in English?

West Kowloon

#16 The Noonday Gun, fired at midday each day in Causeway Bay, was the inspiration for which famous line by playwright Noël Coward?

#17 Tower 2 of IFC has what unusual feature?

#18 The bronze Tian Tan Buddha (or Big Buddha) on Lantau is how high, 21 metres, 34 metres or 56 metres?

#19 Which sport did Hong Kong host during the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

#20 Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film The Departed (2007) was a remake of which famous Hong Kong film from 2002?


#1 Admiralty, Prince Edward, Diamond Hill

#2 Dim sum.

Dim sum

#3 The 16th (1513)

#4 The Peak. 

#5 Current population is just below 7.5 million (so, closer to 8 million people)

#6 Windsurfing (Atlanta 1996)

#7 Vicente (2012)

Image of woman walking near water during typhoon season

#8 9

#9 Blue.

#10 The Duk Ling, an authentic restored Chinese junk.

#11 It’s a remnant of the former railway station that stood on the site.

#12 The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.

#13 Rolls-Royce

#14 The Star Ferry started in 1880, eight years before the Peak Tram launched in 1888.

Image of Peak Tram for story on classic Hong Kong experiences

#15 Nine dragons.

#16 “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”

#17 Double-decker elevators

#18 34 metres

#19 The equestrian events.

#20 Internal Affairs, starring Tony Leung and Anthony Wong

See more in our Living in Hong Kong section:

The expat’s guide to where to live in Hong Kong

Etiquette tips for Hong Kong

This article first appeared in the City Guide 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.