Hong Kong Gay Travel
Hong Kong gay travel thrills all nomads, the metropolis being among the most gay-friendly cities in Asia. Experience how “east meets west” at poppy gay clubs, local markets, beaches and buzzing streets.
The Gay Travel Experience: Hong Kong
Any westerner can explore Hong Kong without a hitch. Since Hong Kong was a British territory, there is an obvious lasting English influence. With a ton of ex-pats, loads of gay bars and modern infrastructure, you’ll surely have an easy and fun time in Hong Kong.
Officially part of China, Hong Kong operates under the “one country, two systems” principle. The city is an SAR, or Special Administrative Region of China. The government runs independently with respect to economic and administrative functions. Democracy, press freedom and abundant capitalism are three large aspects that make Hong Kong so progressive.
Hong Kong Airport LGBT Issues
Two LGBT Americans were held for questioning in Hong Kong airport upon arrival. One was detained because their gender expression did not match what was shown on their passport. The other person is transsexual and was allegedly held for seven hours.
I don’t mention this to scare you. If you identify as trans, queer or express yourself in a way that may be flagged by Hong Kong border officials, take extra precaution.
Secondly, keep a friend or family member on standby to follow your progress through the airport. Upon arrival, confirm that you have entered the border security area.
After that, confirm with them again (verbally) that you made it through the border. I stress that you do everything verbally in case anyone confiscates and uses your mobile phone.
Hong Kong: Where to Stay
Where to Stay in Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Central & Soho Neighborhoods
I stayed in two separate Hong Kong Airbnb rentals, one of them being a five-minute walk west of the Central neighborhood. This area is great because I wasn’t smack in the middle of the Central neighborhood, yet could quickly walk there.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong: Wan Chai & Causeway Bay
Two more fun Hong Kong Island neighborhoods to stay in are Wan Chai & Causeway Bay. They are both to the east of Central and are well-connected by public transit. You can take above-ground trams, busses or the metro from Causeway Bay or Wan Chai to Central, even at night.
Where to Stay in Kowloon, Hong Kong
Both areas have great connectivity to HK Island. You can get to the Central neighborhood in 20 to 30 minutes by metro. If you’re on a tight budget, southern Kowloon is a great bet.
Hong Kong Experiences for the Gay Traveler
As you make your way around Hong Kong, you’ll likely see small stands selling buns, savory snacks and colorful sweets in glass cases. This stuff is delicious! Don’t leave Hong Kong without indulging in a set of 3 to 5 items.
Hong Kong Gay Travel: Visit Wan Chai
Hong Kong Viewpoints: Where to See the Skyline
Golden Bauhinia Square
Take note that this area of Hong Kong is undergoing major development. Golden Bauhinia Square is awesome if you love skylines, but there is not too much else directly nearby.
The Top of Hong Kong: Victoria Peak
My favorite place to see the Hong Kong skyline is without a doubt Victoria Peak. Take a ride on the HK Peak Tram (as opposed to several hours hiking a mountain) to the observation deck.
If you want to catch the sunset at Victoria Peak, make sure to leave plenty of time for the journey up there. By the time you walk to the tram entrance, ride it up, go up the many escalators to the viewing deck and all that you will have spent at least an hour.
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Ride the Mid-Levels Escalators
In the Central neighborhood on Hong Kong Island, streets that run along the hillside are connected by a long series of escalators. Riding them from bottom to top is a fun way to explore the neighborhood.
Hong Kong's Victoria Park
The energy in Victoria Park was so positive that I had to get up early one morning and go for a run just after the sun came up.
Hong Kong Restaurants
Midnight Wildfire is a fun spot to have dinner with a friend. You can entertain yourself with a personal grill! Everything you order comes raw. You’ll cook it on a small vented grill on your table. The restaurant is between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.
Fairwood is cheap, has plenty of seating and is open very early. Its the perfect breakfast spot for gay travelers who like to get out and about while the sun is still rising. It can get busy, so you may need to share a table with a local!
Dim Sum Restaurants in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Gay Bars & Nightlife
Petticoat Lane: Hong Kong’s Best Gay Bar!
FLM & Zoo Bar: Local Hong Kong Gay Bars
FLM had the largest dance floor area of all the Hong Kong gay bars I visited. If you’re headed there on foot, don’t fret if the streets around you seem a bit desolate. I’m sure once you arrive you’ll vfeel the music’s vibration, begging you to come inside!
Gay-Friendly Party Spots in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Beaches for the Gay Traveler
Repulse Bay: Hong Kong’s Best Beach
Stanley Main Beach & Stanley Plaza
The Stanley Plaza mall has a relaxing open-air vibe, similar to something you would expect in California or somewhere else with an amazing climate. Pretty much anything you could need is here in Stanley Plaza including clothing stores, ice cream shops, restaurants, a grocery store and a pharmacy.
Deep Water Bay Beach, Hong Kong
Does Hong Kong Have a Gay Beach?
Firstly, remember that you’re on an East Asian island. This part of the world has a very traditional culture that doesn’t exactly promote LGBT culture. Although Hong Kong gay travel would be nicer with an official gay beach, there sadly is no such thing in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Gay Travel Tips
Buy a Hong Kong Octopus Card
Using Public Transit in Hong Kong
How to Get to Central Hong Kong from the Airport
More Hong Kong Gay Travel Tips
The weather in Hong Kong is much more tropical than you may have in mind. Hong Kong has a climate closer to that of Singapore than to Shanghai or Tokyo. Temperatures year round are pretty warm and winters are mild. Pack your t-shirts!
If you are asked to “sign in” upon entering any Hong Kong restaurant or bar, this is just a formality that businesses need to comply with in order to maintain their liquor license. One person per party is required to write down their information.
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