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Voting results of Tropical Cyclone Name Collection Activity

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Voting results of Tropical Cyclone Name Collection Activity

Lui Yuk-sing

Since 2000, the Typhoon Committee has been adopting a list of tropical cyclone names with local characteristics nominated by its 14 members – including 10 names provided by Hong Kong, China – to designate tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea.

If a tropical cyclone causes heavy casualties and economic losses, and the Typhoon Committee requests that its name be retired, the member who provided the name will propose replacement names to the committee for consideration.

The Hong Kong Observatory organised the “Tropical Cyclone Name Collection Activity” in 2023, to identify additional suitable names with Hong Kong characteristics for expanding our “reserve list” of tropical cyclone names. We also took the opportunity to raise public awareness and knowledge of hazards caused by tropical cyclones.

There was an impressive response, with over 20,000 votes received during the public voting stage. The following 20 tropical cyclone names, which received the most votes among 40 shortlisted names, will be incorporated into the “reserve list” of tropical cyclone names of Hong Kong, China.

Name Meaning Votes
奶茶 Milktea A popular drink in Hong Kong 15 750
青馬 Tsing-ma A landmark bridge connecting the airport and urban areas in Hong Kong 15 127
火龍 Fo-lung Fire dragon dance is a traditional Mid-Autumn festival event in Hong Kong 14 810
點心 Dim-sum A famous food in Hong Kong cuisine 14 354
麻雀 Sparrow A common bird in Hong Kong 13 662
水仙 Shui-sin A common Lunar New Year flower in Hong Kong 13 463
小龍 Siu-lung "Siu-lung" is the stage name of the deceased martial art superstar Bruce Lee 13 131
霓虹 Neon The colorful "neon" signboards were once a major feature of Hong Kong's night scene 12 713
醒獅 Sing-si "Lion dance" is a traditional folk culture that integrates martial arts, dance, and music, symbolizing auspiciousness. It is an intangible cultural heritage of Hong Kong 12 524
白鷺 Egret Egret is a common waterbird in Hong Kong 12 296
香片 Heung-pin Jasmine tea, a common tea in restaurants in Hong Kong 12 279
海威 Hoi-wai The name of the deceased killer whale in Ocean Park Hong Kong 11 717
貝貝 Pui-pui "Pui-Pui" is the name of the saltwater crocodile living in the Hong Kong Wetland Park 11 595
相思 Sheung-si A nickname for a common bird in Hong Kong, Swinhoe's White-Eye. Also referred to Acacia confusa which is a type of evergreen tree, previously known as one of the "The Three Treasures for Afforestation" in Hong Kong 11 431
紅豆 Red-bean Red beans are commonly used in various Hong Kong special food and beverages, such as red bean soup and red bean ice 11 006
石板 Stoneslab "Stone Slabs Street" is the nickname of the distinctive "Pottinger Street", located in Central, Hong Kong 10 940
白蘭 Bak-lan "White Jade Orchid Tree" is a common evergreen tree in Hong Kong 10 616
舢舨 Sampan A traditional small boat for shuttling around the typhoon shelters of Hong Kong 10 474
帆船 Junk-boat "Chinese junk boat" is an important early transportation, signifying the development of Hong Kong's fishing industry 10 222
樹蛙 Treefrog "Romer's Tree Frog" is a species endemic to Hong Kong 10 148

The 20 tropical cyclone names that will be incorporated into the “reserve list” of tropical cyclone names of Hong Kong, China