Tonight’s the night Santa flies all around the world bringing gifts to one and all. Does your Christmas wish list include a brand new Rolls-Royce? Well, if you live in Hong Kong maybe it does. Hong Kong has more Rolls-Royces per person than any other city in the world.
Over a lunch in 1904, Henry Royce, an engineer, and Charles Rolls, owner of one of the first car dealerships, envisioned the Rolls-Royce Limited. Since then, every Rolls-Royce is hand-built right down to seamstresses, surface finish technicians and French polishers. Sixty pairs of hands are involved in creating each one of the most luxurious motor cars in the world.
Understandably, a Rolls-Royce is a pretty hefty ticket for your Christmas list. A 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost will run you over $250,000 (US) and the Phantom goes for around $400,000 (US).
These cars are also physically hefty weighing around 5,600 pounds each. How would Santa Claus (Sing Daan Lou Yan in Cantonese) ever transport a present that big? Well, ask any 6-year-old and they’ll tell you that Santa has magic. So I guess he would use that magic to get it to your driveway with the traditional big red bow on top.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, a luxury hotel located in Kowloon, has a fleet of fourteen Rolls-Royces to transport their customers, each painted the distinctive Peninsula Green.
Wonder how people in Hong Kong can afford so many Rolls-Royces? It’s most likely due to Hong Kong’s free economy. No sales tax, no capital gains tax. Just imagine it. And their income tax (salary tax to them) ranges from 2% for those earning less than $35,000 (HK) a year to 14% for an annual income between $70,000 (HK) to $105,000 (HK). The richest people pay only 20% for incomes above $105,000 (HK).
So, what’s so special about a Rolls-Royce? Here are just a few of its luxuries:
- hidden Rolls-Royce umbrella in each door
- deep, lambs wool rugs under your feet
- the seats have increased quantity of stitching that improves the rigidity and support for your back
- heating in all seats comes standard
- each veneer comes from a single tree to create seamless flow of wood
- a cool box in the rear compartment with champagne flutes
Oh, how romantic it would be to ride to and from your wedding in a Rolls-Royce. Some how the fairy tale princess dress just seems to belong in a luxury car.
Wouldn’t it make your date feel like a queen if you picked her up in a Rolls-Royce?
How would you plan your romantic evening in a Rolls-Royce?
Sources: http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com, wikipedia.org, gohongkong.about.com, http://www.motortrend.com, http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/hongkong.shtml
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