Unique Things About Hong Kong We Often Take For Granted
There are things that are quite unique about Hong Kong that we might not find elsewhere.
While we could be wrong including them in the list, they are here for a reason.
1. Window inspection is a profession. Hong Kong is a city with residential dwellings mostly on high-rise buildings. Equipped with glass windows that could be at risk of detaching due to typhoon or simply wear and tear. That means significant risk to lives and properties nearby. So the government’s Buildings Department has implemented the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme that allows a licensed inspector to check windows at home. This scheme is a requirement for building owners whose properties three storeys or higher are at least 10 years old.
2. Falling objects detector. Still in the topic of high-rise buildings, the risk of falling debris is taken seriously. Although Hong Kong people in general are aware of this, it pays to be more proactive about the matter since there are those who fail to exercise caution. Falling cigarette butts and laundry are common. To catch the common culprits, some building management offices install surveillance cameras to collect evidence.
3. Announcing clean elevators. Hong Kong is very particular with keeping its surrounding clean as it dealt with avian flu, SARS and other forms of viruses in the past. As a way to keep away these unwanted organisms, it’s not enough that common areas like handrails on buses, door knobs and elevators should be clean; the public has to be informed so the fear of touching a contaminated object is gone.
4. Minibus speed monitor. To address overspeeding minibuses, speed monitors were installed partly to give passengers a visible evidence of traffic violation and partly to discourage drivers from exceeding prescribed road speeds. But in many occasions, these devices are ignored as passengers in a hurry won’t mind reaching the destination faster.
5. Dripping air conditioner fine. Still related to the ubiquitous tall buildings in Hong Kong, a rather unique nuisance locals face is dripping air conditioning systems especially during summer seasons. Under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance, a person is guilty of an offense if he or she allows water discharge from an air conditioner that it becomes a nuisance. The maximum penalty is $10,000 and a daily fine of $200.