Bees in Hong Kong
The most common bees found in Hong Kong is the Apis Cerana, which is often referred as the Asian Bees or Eastern Bees. The second most common ones are the Apis mellifera ligustica, which is often referred as Italian Bees.
Asian Bees are native to Hong Kong, they are so used to the climate, so that they could work and pick honey all year as flowers blossom in Southern China regions for 4 seasons. They will only stop going out when the temperature reached around 8°C, whereas, Italian Bees will take the rest during winter.
Italian Bees were brought to Asia by beekeepers because they are much easier to manage with a longer history of being domesticated. However, apart from the ‘vacations’ they take, Asian Bees are very different in ‘taste’ as well to the Italian Bees. While Italian Bees like to pick honey from one specific flower, such as acacia honey or rapeseed floral honey, Asian Bees like to mix in all the flavours. Therefore, they are known for producing Multifloral, Water Banyan Flower, Lychee/Longan or Ivy Tree honey etc. Because of the rarity and unique tastes, honey from Asian Bees are often of better value.