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We want oppa! A third of Hongkongers’ bucket lists involve celebrities

November 6, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

When going on their bucket list-clearing expeditions, Hongkongers prefer to have their significant other riding shotgun (59%), reveals a recent research report by Hotels.com™. A third of Hong Kong respondents include celebrities in their bucket list items. The list of their favourites is as follows:

The top 5 celebrities on Hongkongers’ bucket list

Rank Celebrity %
1 Eason Chan 25%
2 Daniel Wu 15%
3 Louis Koo 14%
4 Ali Li 13%
5 Tracy Chu 12%

Other than the king of Cantopop, Korean superstars the likes of EXO and Big Bang, Mandopop phenomena Jay Chou and JJ Lin, and Hollywood hotshots Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson all have a place on our bucket lists. Talk about diversity!

Who would’ve thunk Hongkongers wanted to leave town? Hongkongers across all demographics regard leaving Hong Kong and staying abroad for at least a year as something they want to do at least once before they, well, die. Many Hongkongers also want to visit destinations in the U.S., but these attractions lose out to the ultimate bucket list activity:

The top 3 activities on Hongkongers’ bucket list

Rank Activity %
1 See northern lights 49%
2 Reach the North Pole 30%
3 Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon 29%

But being an adventurous crowd, Hongkongers are not above stepping it up with a few unusual experiences:

The top 5 off-the-beaten path bucket list experiences around the world

Rank Activity %
1 Work or study aboard for a year 37%
2 Try local street food on holiday 34%
3 Learn a language or skill abroad 29%
4 Road trip to through rural areas or small towns 28%
5 Do a skydive 27%

The global research report was conducted by Hotels.com to celebrate its Rewards program**, which gives members one free hotel night for every ten stayed. The report also identified the destinations travellers would most love to visit for free, with London (25%), Paris (24%), New York (21%), Tokyo (19%) and Dubai (17%) making up the top five.

When it comes to stylish sleeps, wanderlusters dreamt of staying in a castle, an underwater hotel and a palace. The Peninsula at home took number one spot among more traditional bucket list accommodation options.

The top 10 bucket list places to stay*

Rank A place to stay %
1 A castle 32%
2 An underwater hotel 28%
3 A palace 25%
4 An ice hotel 25%
5 The Peninsula, Hong Kong 25%
6 A beach shack 25%
7 A treehouse hotel 23%
8 Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, Dubai 23%
9 The Ritz, Paris 18%
10 A hotel made of gold 16%

Jessica Chuang, Regional Marketing Director of Greater China, Southeast Asia and India from Hotels.com brand said: “Bucket list is always a fascinating subject to explore. After all we only get one chance at life, why not make the most out of it while we can? We want to encourage everyone to start their bucket list adventures. If you’re planning your bucket list travels, and you most likely will if you’re a Hongkonger, don’t forget with Hotels.com Rewards you can get one free night in a hotel for every 10 nights spent. Use the money you saved to try out street food outside Hong Kong! Download the Hotels.com mobile app to choose from hundreds of thousands of bucket-list-worthy places to stay around the world and you might even find yourself staying in a treehouse!”

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