Over the course of 2018, Hong Kong has made its way into the Guinness World Records for many different reasons. We’ve claimed both the world’s largest ballet lesson and string instruments ensemble, the largest colouring book which is 14 metres long, and held a single tai chi class that involved people of 60 different nationalities – but that’s not all. Here are five of the most unusual and notable records we broke last year.
Longest bridge over water
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which opened on October 23 last year, is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge. It is 48.3 kilometres long, and crosses over the Pearl River Delta in China. The bridge also consists of a 6.7km undersea tunnel, making the total length of the bridge 55km.
The US$18.77 billion (HK$147b) bridge brings down the travel time between our city and Zhuhai in Guangdong from four hours to just 30 minutes.
Fastest bed-maker in the world
Anyone who’s made a bed knows how frustrating it can be – from tucking in the bedsheet around corners of your mattress to spreading the duvet evenly over the bed.
It took Hongkonger Thomas Chow Ka-fai just 69 seconds to make a king-size bed, which is faster than anyone else in the world! Chow is the housekeeping supervisor at Cordis hotel and has been working there for 14 years. He broke the record in the hotel in Mong Kok on October 22, 2018. Guess all those years of doing turndown service paid off!
Longest line of (egg) tarts
The We R Family Foundation, a local charity, set the Guinness World Record for making the longest line of tarts at Lok Fu Place in Wang Tau Hom on December 9, 2018.
More than 60 primary and secondary schools, as well as businesses in different sectors, teamed up to form a line measuring 186.64 metres using 2,333 egg tarts. A total of 777 eggs, 11.664kg of sugar, 23.33 litres of milk, and 108.87 litres of water were used to make the tarts.
Most diamonds set on a handbag
Hong Kong-based international jewellery manufacturer Aaron Shum Jewellery and designer Kathrine Baumann earned the Guinness World Record for setting the most diamonds on a handbag on March 15, 2018.
Together they created a Coca-Cola-inspired clutch that had 9,888 pieces of natural diamonds, 8,543 of which are black, and 1,345 colourless. The 120-carat handbag is worth US$300,000 (HK$2.35 million), and took 100 days and more than 15 craftsmen to complete.
The heaviest weights balanced while doing a headstand, and holding a human chair pose
Hong Kong-based yoga teacher Shri Yogaraj C. P. broke two Guinness records last year, one for balancing the heaviest weights while doing a headstand, and the second for holding a human chair pose for the longest time.
The 33-year-old achieved the first record by lifting a 50kg barbell onto his shoulders unaided, while holding a headstand for 40 seconds on August 28, 2018. Four days later, he set the second record for holding the human chair pose with his 70-year-old mother Chidhambaram Sarasu.
It was their forth attempt since August 28, and the duo held the pose for 59 seconds – nine seconds longer than the former record-breaker. Yogaraj also created a Guinness record in 2015 for completing a 48-hour yoga marathon involving 1,500 poses.
Edited by Nicole Moraleda