The American company placed autonomous territory Hong Kong in its top spot, with Singapore and Japan coming in second and third respectively. The metrics used to create the rankings include crime, security, tourism and natural disasters. The full top 10 is below:
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
The survey described the Chinese territory as an “East Asian destination where a woman or man can walk any street at any time of day or night without fear.”
“With a substantial and well-developed tourist sector, widespread use of English, and a fast, efficient and modern subway system, travelers to Hong Kong will continuously feel at ease,” the report said.
Hong Kong managed to beat both Japan and Singapore for the top spot as it does not have an authoritarian government, as we see in Singapore, and it is free from risk of national disasters, unlike Japan. The territory also has low – and continually declining – crime rates.
While Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, the one area of concern flagged by Singapore law enforcement is the recent increase in online scams, particularly sex-for-credit scams. But any tech-savvy travelers should have no problem dodging that potential danger.
Japan similarly has incredibly low crime, with a homicide rate of only 0.3 people per 100,000 – among the lowest in the developed world. Drug use is also extremely scarce and theft is almost unheard of.
The country’s vulnerability to earthquakes and tsunamis are the factors that pushed it back into third place.
The website also ranked the world’s most dangerous countries for travelers, with Honduras coming in the top spot, mainly due to having the highest homicide rate in the world. No Asia-Pacific nations made it into the top 10, maintaining its status as one of the safest regions in the world to go exploring.
This article was originally published on our sister website Travel Wire Asia.
Hong Kong has the most sustainable transport system in the world
Recently, the semi-autonomous territory was commended for its sustainable transport system in the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index by Arcadis, a global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets.
According to the index, Hong Kong was celebrated for its “comprehensive mobility, ability to create economic opportunity, and enrich the lives of citizens, businesses and tourists”. Because of those factors, the city was said to have achieved many of the aims of an effective urban transport system.
Hong Kong services some 12.6 million passengers daily, and manages up to 90 percent of all daily journeys, the highest rate in the world. Despite the city’s high density and lack of space, the service runs smoothly, promptly, and at a reasonable price point for passengers.
“Whether it’s London’s Tube, the Los Angeles freeways, Hong Kong’s MTR system, Sydney’s ferries or Amsterdam’s bicycles, the prevailing urban transport system of a city is a distinguishing feature that enables the mobility of residents, travelers, goods and services,” Arcadis global cities director John Batten said in a statement.
“Cities and their policymakers face enormous pressures as they seek to meet today’s mobility challenges. As rapid urbanisation, ageing infrastructure, population growth and climate change continue to challenge our world’s cities, those that choose to make bold moves in advancing and diversifying their urban transport systems will gain a competitive edge.”
European cities made up most of the top ten, but Seoul and Singapore joined Hong Kong in the representation of Asia. Research on the index discovered that Asian cities would feature more prominently on the list were it not for damaging levels of urban pollution and emissions.
This article was originally published on our sister website Travel Wire Asia