Hong Kong has become a busy coastal metropolis. It is the best place to experience both eastern and western cultures as well as traditional and modern life. For those who love shopping, Hong Kong will be a shopping paradise where all the world-famous brands are. You can’t miss its exquisite international cuisine and the many attractions around the city.
No place in the world is 100% safe, so to assure your personal safety in Hong Kong, we recommend that you take standard safety precautions to avoid becoming victim of a petty crime (as this is the most common type of crime in Hong Kong).
This is where Hong Kong’s story began with a small community that quickly grew into one of Asia’s most important financial and business districts. This is also the heart of Hong Kong, which is divided in smaller popular sections:
Lan Kwai Fong
On this L-shaped street, you’ll find restaurants and bars that cater to a melting pot for white collar workers in their 20s and 30s. As one of Hong Kong’s entertainment districts, it’s easy to find bars with live music and streets filled with partygoers until dawn.
This is Hong Kong’s most famous mountaintop as it’s the most exclusive address with multimillion-dollar mansions and the best view of the Central District. You can access easily thanks to the Peak Tram.
If you are looking for a quieter alternative to the crowded Lan Kwai Fong, go to SoHo (South of Hollywood Road). Café-bars and intimate ethnic restaurants filled the streets of this district.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is located at the southern tip of Kowloon Peninsula. This district is one of the most important areas for tourists in Hong Kong. Most travellers stay in this area as most hotels, restaurants and shops are found here.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK: LOW
Hong Kong is quite safe and a non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Most muggings happen because tourists are lured into situations without knowing what the criminal is saying.
SCAMS RISK: HIGH
Scams are a growing problem in Beijing. Travellers have reported being approached by people to talk and invite them to a teahouse where they later are forced to pay for everything. Unlicensed taxis and counterfeit currency are also common scams.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
Typhoons in the summer are common in Hong Kong. Although some typhoons do not touch land, the storms and winds can still cause major damages, flooding, and/or landslides. If you plan on being there between the months of July and August, make sure to monitor local and international weather updates from World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Hong Kong Observatory.
TERRORISM RISK: LOW
Terrorist attacks are likely like in any other city, but there is a low probability.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Hong Kong is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other city.
Hong Kong and Macau have a separate visa and entry administration from China. Citizens of Australia, Canada, the EU, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA for stays up to 90 days, do not require visas. See entry requirements for Hong Kong here and here for Macau.
The rainy season typically begins in February and ends in September. July and August are the hottest months of the year; some provinces have reported heat alerts. The typhoon season in China is usually from May to November affecting the southern and eastern coasts.
China’s major airports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Xian Xianyang International Airport, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.