10Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s technology and financial sectors drive much of its economy, and as a result, its citizens benefit from an exceptional transportation system, free Wi-Fi, and numerous parks dotted throughout the city.

Hong Kong businesses have been embracing technology for decades, even including fingerprint scanners as part of the verification process for school attendance and using robots to collect orders in restaurants. The Wise City district of Hong Kong is a new venture looking to transform the metropolis into a “smart city,” with smart cards used to make electronic payments everywhere from grocery stores and parking meters, to public transport and taxis.