How Well Do You Know Hong Kong?

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So, you think you know our amazing little metropolis? Maybe you’re a savvy MTR taker, tram spotter and minibus rider. Perhaps you’ve climbed the Peak, camped on Lantau, sailed to Lamma, traveled to Lo Wu, shopped in Sham Shui Po and braved the crowds in Causeway Bay. And you can certainly find your way around a yum cha menu. But how well do you really know HK? Whether you’ve called Hong Kong home for a month, a year or a lifetime, take this quiz to find out if your local knowledge passes the test!

Hong kong geography, how well hong kong
  1. What body of water surrounds Hong Kong?
    • South China Sea
    • Indian Ocean
    • Bay of Bengal
  2. What’s the tallest peak in the whole of Hong Kong?
    • Victoria Peak
    • Tai Mo Shan
    • Lin Fa Shan
  3. Hong Kong is comprised of the Kowloon peninsula and over 261 islands! Which island is the biggest?
    • Lantau
    • Cheung Chau
    • Hong Kong
  4. The major river that’s closest to Hong Kong is called the:
    • Yellow
    • Mekong
    • Pearl
Hong Kong History and culture, how well do you hong kong
  1. The first known inhabitants in Hong Kong can be traced all the way back to the:
    • Iron Age @ 1,200 BC
    • Bronze Age @ 3,000 BC
    • Stone Age @ 10,000 BC
  2. The official languages in Hong Kong are Cantonese and English. But which dialect was spoken by our very early settlers?
    • Hakka
    • Teochow
    • Tanka
    • All of the above
  3. During World War II, Hong Kong was occupied (from 1941-1945) by the military forces from which country?
    • North Korea
    • Japan
    • Germany
  4. The Handover, when Hong Kong returned to the Chinese from the British, occurred in what year?
    • 1984
    • 1997
    • 2008
  1. Amazing but true: Hong Kong is home to 57 species of mammals! There are 27 different types of this particular mammal. Which one is it?
    • Bat
    • Squirrel
    • Shrew
  2. The most common raptor or bird of prey in Hong Kong is called the:
    • Spotted Eagle
    • Black Kite
    • Collared Scops Owl
  3. Which one of these local animals is NOT poisonous?
    • Bamboo Snake
    • Giant Centipede
    • Biting Midges
    • Blue-ringed Octopus
  4. We all know about the big, domesticated water buffalos on Lantau, but what’s the largest wild animal in Hong Kong?
    • Eurasian Wild Pig
    • Barking Deer
    • Civet Cat
Hong Kong transportation, How well do you know Hong Kong
  1. The Hong Kong tram lines have been operating for 110 years! The total length in kilometers of the route from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan is:
    • 25
    • 13
    • 8
  2. On the Airport Express, how many stops are there between Central and the Airport?
    • 2
    • 4
    • 6
  3. You can travel to and from Hong Kong by air, land and sea. While airplanes are currently the fastest way to go, which is the second fastest way?
    • Jetfoil
    • Light Rail
    • Helicopter
    • Express Bus
  4. Can you match the colour of the taxi to the area it services?
    • Red                 Lantau
    • Green              HK & Kowloon
    • Blue                New Territories
Hong kong food, How well do you know Hong Kong
  1. Dim Sum, or yum cha as we call it, is tea served with small dishes that can be both sweet and savoury. The cuisine originated with:
    • The Basque in France
    • The Bengalis in India
    • The Cantonese in China
  2. Hong Kong loves to snack! Which one of these tasty treats was NOT popularized in our city?
    • Milk Tea
    • Mustard Pretzels
    • Fish Balls
    • Pineapple Buns
  3. Can you match the festival with the lucky food that’s usually eaten when we celebrate?
    • Dragon Boat                           Mooncakes
    • Chinese New Year                  Jiaozhi (dumplings)
    • Mid-Autumn (Lantern)           Zongzhi (sticky rice bundles)
  4. Many consider the Luk Yu Tea House in Central to be Hong Kong’s oldest restaurant. Can you guess what year it opened?
    • 1910
    • 1933
    • 1957
Sports in Hong Kong. How well do you know HK
  1. During the Beijing Olympics of 2008, which event was held in Hong Kong?
    • Fencing
    • Marathon
    • Equestrian
  2. Hong Kong boasts many outstanding individual athletes in a variety of sports – badminton, cycling, golf, squash, swimming, table tennis, triathlon. But which Hong Kong team is currently ranked 19th in the world?
    • Men’s Cricket
    • Women’s Rugby
    • Men’s Football
  3. Hong Kong’s only Gold medal was won by Lee Lai-Shan at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Which sport did she compete in?
    • Windsurfing
    • Cycling
    • Badminton
  4. International film stars Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen all became famous by doing what in the movies?
    • Snooker
    • Martial Arts
    • Wrestling


  1. South China Sea
  2. Tai Mo Shan, also known as Big Hat Mountain, 957 meters
  3. Lantau
  4. Pearl


  1. Stone Age @10,000 BC
  2. All of the above
  3. Japan
  4. 1997


  1. Bat
  2. Black Kite
  3. Biting Midges
  4. Eurasian Wild Pig


  1. 13
  2. Two (Kowloon and Tsing Yi)
  3. Helicopter
  4. Red – HK & Kowloon, Green – New Territories, Blue – Lantau


  1. The Cantonese in China
  2. Mustard pretzels
  3. Dragon Boat – Zongzhi, Chinese New Year – Jiaozhi, Mid-Autumn – Mooncakes
  4. 1933


  1. Equestrian
  2. Women’s Rugby
  3. Windsurfing
  4. Martial Arts (Wushu)


18-24 points – Sifu! You are a master of Hong Kong knowledge. Use your skills wisely to teach others of the wonders of our home.

11-17 points – Student. Well done, grasshopper, but you have much to learn. We applaud your eagerness and wish the best in your studies.

10 or less – Novice. Hong Kong has much to teach you. So, go out, enjoy and explore. And remember: a journey of a thousand miles begins with one small dumpling 😉 

Quiz by By Jennifer S. Deayton, Playtimes Magazine

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