A new division of CNN called CNNGo looks at the top cities in Asia as to why each could be the greatest city in the world. Hong Kong is close and dear to the heart, so obviously I gravitated towards this list (Thanks to Gordon Price for blogging about this on Price Tags).
Lots of fun items on the list. Here are some of my faves:
1. Public transportation rules
Hong Kong is no place for motorists, with about 380,000 private vehicles for a population of over seven million. But it’s a public transit utopia. Big buses, little buses, ferries, railways, a tramway — you name it, we have it, and they’re all interconnected, making Hong Kong’s network one of the most sophisticated in the world.
11. Cash-free living
Having a wallet is so passe. Nowadays, all you need for a fun-filled day in Hong Kong is an Octopus card. You can pay for all public transportation, KFC meals, vending machine sodas, 7-Eleven impulse buys, Park n’ Shop grocery runs and even ice skating rentals with a “doot.” (The sound made when swiping the Octopus is now a common verb, as in “just doot it.”) The Octopus even comes in tiny, SIM card-sized chips that can be dangled on bracelets like lucky charms.