Hong Kong Travel Articles
Hong Kong has the big city specials like smog, odour, 14 million
elbows and an insane love of clatter. But it's also efficient,
hushed and peaceful: the transport network is excellent, the
shopping centres are sublime, and the temples and quiet corners
of parks are contemplative oases. The best thing about being in
Hong Kong is getting flummoxed and fired by the confluences ...
Many prefer to visit Hong Kong during November and December when there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. January and February are ok months, but the temperature can drop to below 10°C (50°F). Warmer temperatures make March and April pleasant months to go, but as the year progresses into May the air becomes uncomfortably sticky and humid, and by September you can expect typhoons.
Immunisation against cholera, Diptheria and Tetanus, hepatitis A and B, Japanese B Encephalitis, polio, rabies and typhoid is considered essential.
Dangers & Annoyances
Hong Kong is extremely safe for visitors, both male and female. As you go further north in Kowloon and into the New Territories, the crime rate increases, but criminals would still rather target locals than visitors. However, it's unwise to flash valuables and you should remain alert at all times.
Women should also be wary of agencies seeking models and film extras; these agencies can be fronts for prostitution.
Despite the 1991 removal of criminal penalties for homosexual acts between those over 18 years of age, people remain fairly conservative about homosexuality, and circumspection on the street is advisable.