Hong Kong

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).

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Most muggings happen because tourists are lured into situations without knowing what the criminal is saying.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are likely like in any other city, but there is a low probability.

Mid Priority-96 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.

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WHAT TO DO?

Central District

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.

Victoria Peak

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.

SoHo

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.

Kowloon Peninsula

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.

Useful Information

There are no specific difficulties for travellers entering China. The main requirements are a passport that’s valid for six months after the expiry date of your visa, and a visa. Citizens from 51 nations (including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Brazil and the UK) can stay in Beijing for 72 hours without a visa as long as it is a layover, they are traveling outside of China, have a third-country visa, and an air ticket out of Beijing. Similarly, travellers from the 51 nations can stay 144 hours in Shanghai, Nanjing or Gangzhou without a visa. For more information about the Chinese visa, please visit the Chinese Visa Application Service Center website. Hong Kong and Macau have a separate visa and entry administration. See entry requirements for Hong Kong here and here for Macau.
China’s currency is called “yuan” or renminbi (RMB, “the people’s money”). Denominations of bills: 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1 yuan. There are ATMs in big cities and towns. China is still a cash culture, so do not rely on your credit card.
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. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page