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Hong Kong Gay Guide

Introduction

Hong Kong is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Very Asian but with a clear European influence. Very Chinese but distinctively different from Mainland China. It’s a diverse mix of business and culture, East and West, rich and poor, traditional and modern. So no matter what your background, you will feel at home in Hong Kong but at the same time feel like a total stranger. It’s this ability to balance so many different influences that make Hong Kong so special.

Hong Kong is a great destination for a weekend. 3-4 days is perfect. It offers great shopping, from shopping malls to quirky boutiques. And in Hong Kong you will never go hungry. You can taste food from all corners of the world. Nightlife is great too, with a number of gay bars and clubs. And if you want a more quiet experience, Hong Kong has some lovely islands whether you can enjoy a hike or some fresh seafood on a beach. And finally, if you run out of money (which is a very real possibility considering Hong Kong’s prices) head over to Macau and try your luck in one of the many casinos there.

Getting there

Unless you travel overland from Mainland China or from Macau by ferry, you will arrive at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). It’s located at quite a distance from the city center, on a man-made island North of Lantau Island. It’s a user friendly and very efficient facility, although immigration queues can get a little long during peak hours.

After picking up your baggage and passing through customs, you have several options to continue your journey to the city center. The most convenient is probably the Airport Express. It runs every 10 minutes and takes you directly to Kowloon or Hong Kong in less than 30 minutes. It’s about HK$ 80-100, slightly cheaper if you buy a roundtrip ticket. There are of course taxis that take you directly to your hotel for about HK$ 250-350. And there are also a number of buses that run into town that cost about HK$ 40.

Many airlines fly to Hong Kong, including low-cost airlines like AirAsia and Tiger Airways. So there is always cheap deals to be had. The dominant airline in Hong Kong is of course Cathay Pacific. It’s a pretty good airline so fares tend to be quite high. Hong Kong Airlines is a lot smaller with a limited number of routes but is generally a bit cheaper than Cathay Pacific.

Hong Kong welcomes visitors from all over the world. So probably you don’t need a visa to enter. However, check with the Immigration Department before travelling. Hong Kong does not have embassies abroad. If you do require a visa, contact the nearest Chinese embassy.

Getting around

Public transportation in Hong Kong is pretty good. And if you plan to move around the city quite a bit, it’s probably worth buying an Octopus card. Initially it costs you HK$ 150 with HK$ 100 to use and a HK$ 50 is a refundable deposit. It is valid on the subway, on public buses, on ferries and you can even pay with it at 7-Eleven, McDonald’s as well as many other stores.

For longer journeys across the city, use the MTR (subway). There are several lines but you probably just need two. The blue line for destinations on Hong Kong Island and then the red line with connects Kowloon with Hong Kong Island. If you just travel a few station it costs about HK$ 5-8 and about HK$ 15-20 if you travel between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon or vice versa. The MTR runs from 06:00 to 24:00.

Taxis are plentiful in Hong Kong and not too expensive. The fare starts at HK$ 20 for the first 2 kilometers. There is a surcharge to use one of the tunnels between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon or vice versa.

If you travel between Hong Kong Island (Central or Wanchai) and Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) you must try the Star Ferry. It’s super romantic and offers great views of the city’s skyline. Fares are between HK$ 1.50 to HK$ 3.00 and depend if you make the journey on the upper deck or lower deck.

On Hong Kong Island you can also use the old but very charming double decker trams. They will take you anywhere from Sheung Wan to Causewaybay and beyond. Fares are about HK$ 2.30.

When to go

Hong Kong is a city so you will probably just go there for a few days. And most activities like shopping and nightlife happen indoors anyway. So you will probably have a fun time in Hong Kong no matter what the weather is. Having said that, it does rain quite a lot from May to September. From November to March it’s quite cool around 15-20°C.

Hotel prices in Hong Kong are astronomical at the best of times. However, there can be big differences depending on when you go. The reason is the many trade fairs in the city. Whenever a trade fair is going on, room rates are going up. So while one weekend can be super expensive, the following weekend may be a lot cheaper. So it makes sense to plan ahead. Also try to avoid Chinese New Year and October, when many Mainland Chinese visit Hong Kong.

What to see

Victoria Peak

Take the cute little train up the mountain and enjoy the views

Star Ferry

Cross the harbour and admire Hong Kong’s stunning skyline

Causeway Bay

Hong Kong’s most fashionable and trendy shopping district

Disney Land

Visit Mickey Mouse and his friends on Lantau Island

Dragon’s Back Trail

Explore the green side of Hong Kong just minutes from Central

Stay connected

Many hotels and also a few bars have free WiFi for guests. However, you can easily get a local SIM card. They are available from less than HK$ 50 and there is no need to show an ID. SmarTone, PCCW and “3” are reliable mobile network operators. You can get SIM cards from their outlets or also from any 7-Eleven store. There is a 7-Eleven store at the arrivals level of Hong Kong International Airport and you can find a “3” store on the departures level. Grindr and Jack’d are very popular in Hong Kong so it makes sense to bring your smart phone. However, many profiles will not show face pictures.

Gay life

Hong Kong has a modern and open society and there is a fair bit of gay activism going on, mostly focusing on health issues. Hong Kong people are proud to be different from Mainland China. So the society does appreciate the ability to be different and the LGBT community is fairly well accepted. However, families can still be quite conservative. So many sisters in Hong Kong may still not be out to their parents. And rents in Hong Kong are very expensive so many still live with their parents. That makes having a gay relationship quite difficult.

 



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