How Hong Kong Became a Giant Refrigerator

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How Hong Kong Became a Giant Refrigerator

Here’s a statement—’Over the last 50 years, Hong Kong has become a giant refrigerator’. Despite its hot, humid, subtropical climate, the city remains an icicle all year round. But what do I mean by this?

Well, Hong Kong has a bizarre problem. It has developed an obsession with air-conditioners so extreme it no longer makes any sense—winter coats are needed during the sweltering summer, and ACs are blasted in the midst of winter.

Now, there are many countries around the world that use and abuse their air conditioners—Singapore, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the US, to name a few—but Hong Kong (the city I grew up in), takes all this to a whole new level. So this raises questions—why are there so many ACs? Why is the temperature set so low? And—strangest of all—why can‘t they just turn it off?

With Hong Kong, the answer is never simple…