What do you know of Hong Kong? Last month, a user-created Google form quiz featuring 105 challenging multiple-choice questions about the city’s geography went viral on social media, becoming a must-have for Hong Kongers.
Inspired by the craze, various spin-offs have emerged, covering themes like history, popular culture, Cantonese, local boy band Mirror – you name it.
The challenge that took over the city was originally conceived as a game that Xotarios, 26, created for his friend who is a Hong Kong geography enthusiast.
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But due to the pandemic, Xotarios was unable to play the game again with his friend in person. So in March he spent three days working on an online version and sharing it with other enthusiasts.
“I wish other Hong Kongers would learn things like the city’s intriguing names,” he added, citing the popular hiking spot, Sor See Kau in Sai Kung, which means “keychain”.
Our three Young position journalists challenged themselves to answer a few of these quizzes and test their knowledge. Here’s how they did it.
What do you know about Mirror? Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images
Kelly Fung – Geography Quiz
the geography quiz consists of 105 questions divided into 11 levels of difficulty, ranging from “tourist level” to “God level”, totaling 1,000 points. The higher the difficulty, the more points will be awarded. It took me about 35 minutes to complete the quiz and I scored 361 points out of 1000, placing me in the lower levels of a master.
The last four levels of the game felt like the hardest part of a trek. I was blown away by the breadth of questions and the fact that I still have so much to discover about my hometown. Some of the more difficult questions involved identifying a location from an image or arranging multiple streets in order from west to east without a map.
But the game piqued my interest in learning more about the small local malls in the city’s 18 districts, as well as the stories of bizarre place names in Hong Kong that often go unnoticed, like Tai No in Sai Kung, which literally means “the brain”. and Pok Tau Ha in Sha Tau Kok, or “under the shoulder”.
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Sue Ng – History Quiz
I took the Hong Kong History Expert Challenge quiz created by We Toast HK, a page that promotes local history. At first I was relieved that the quiz only had 30 questions and thought I could finish it quickly, but ended up only getting nine points!
The quiz covered different topics in Hong Kong from the 18th century to 1997, most of which were not taught in school. For example, did you know that street names such as “Hawan” and “Hong Kong Village” were commonly used in the 18th century?
It was also interesting to learn that Asia’s first mall was established in Hong Kong in 1966 and it remains one of the most popular malls. Also, did you know that Ocean Park was a farm called “Paris Farm” in the 1950s, and in 1965 there was a bloody accident that caused a child to lose his arm?
As far as we know, no one has lost an arm in a while. Photo: Dickson Lee
Yanni Chow – Canto-pop music
I found myself addicted to these quizzes. They’re great when you want to kill time or exercise your brain. A quiz I tried was about Hong Kong’s pop music scene. There are 10 levels with a total of 100 questions worth 1000 points, and the quiz tests your knowledge of canto-pop – from legends like Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung and Beyond to new bands like Mirror.
I got 382 out of 1000, which isn’t bad according to the quiz writer, but I felt I could do better. Even though I’m very up to date with young singers, I lost points on questions about household names in 1980s canto-pop. I should start listening to more comeback hits!
While you’re at it, check out the quizzes at Harry Potter and Cantonese – you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know.