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 Gay Travel: LGBT Airport 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.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong
To get the best Hong Kong gay travel experience, I recommend staying on Hong Kong Island. The island itself though, is large with a ton of unique neighborhoods to choose from. First I’ll give you general advice for where to stay, and in the sections below I’ll go into detail about each neighborhood.
In my opinion, hotels in the Central and Soho neighborhoods are most convenient. You’ll find the most ex-pats, gay bars and english-speaking restaurants here on northern tip of Hong Kong Island
Your alternative option is to stay across the bay in Kowloon, which tends to be a cheaper because it’s across the river from the popular Soho and Central neighborhoods.
The Wan Chai and Causeway Bay areas offer a bit more of an authentic experience. They’re east of Central and tend to be cheaper, but still have plenty of attractions. I’ll give a bit more detail about each neighborhood I’ve mentioned so far in the sections below.
Hong Kong Central & Soho Neighborhoods
Most of the people living in Hong Kong on business live in Central, so it has an international vibe. You’ll find a ton of Brits, some Australians and some Americans here. Soho and Mid Levels are directly in the middle of Central, so they have the same overall vibe. Hotels in Central/Soho/Mid Levels are most popular for first-time travelers.
Central/Soho Airbnb rentals are also super popular given there are tons of apartment building towers clustered here. I stayed in two separate ones while in Hong Kong. The first was only a five-minute walk west of the Central neighborhood. This area is great in terms of value because I wasn’t smack in the middle of everything, yet could quickly walk there.
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/Soho and are well-connected via public transit. You can take above-ground trams, busses or the metro from Causeway Bay or Wan Chai to Central, even at night.
If you’re seeking a truly authentic travel experience, then I’d recommend an Airbnb rental in Wan Chai. With less ex-pats flooding the streets, you’ll be able to connect with the people who have lived there all their lives!
My next accommodation was an Airbnb in Causeway Bay. There are tons of local restaurants nearby that understand some English, yet weren’t overrun with tourists. This was my favorite aspect of the area I loved being able to experience local Hong Kong life. The amazing Victoria Park is also super close!
Where to Stay in Kowloon
If you stay in Kowloon, I recommend you choose accommodations nearby a Tsuen Wan metro line stop. Jordan and Mong Kok hotels are quite popular in south Kowloon.
Both areas have good 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.
Visit Bustling 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.
I ate breakfast at Fairwood many of my days in Hong Kong. Fairwood is a local restaurant chain that specializes in serving delicious meals fast! Hong Kongers head to Fairwood for a pre-workday meal.
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!
Pick up a quick breakfast at Catherine’s Bakery in Central. They have both sweet and savory items. They also have delicious iced coffee. Everything is very cheap!
Dim Sum Restaurants in Hong Kong
One of my favorite HK dim sum spots is Prestige Dim Sum Restaurant in the Central neighborhood. You can expect quick, basic service and delicious food. I loved the glutinous rice rolls here, as well as the shrimp and vegetable dumplings.
Dim Dim Sum in Wan Chai is another great spot for authentic dim sum. You’ll find mostly locals here, but some tourists come too. You absolutely must get their iconic piggy custard cakes. They’re so cute and delicious!
Hong Kong Gay Bars & Nightlife
Petticoat Lane: Hong Kong’s Best Gay Bar
In my opinion, Petticoat Lane is the best gay bar in Hong Kong! Everything about Petticoat is awesome; they have an outdoor terrace area, talented drag queens and there is no charge to enter.
Every Wednesday, Petticoat Lane has a special event called “Wednesgay,” where they give out free vodka drinks for a couple of hours. You’ll surely find a bunch of gay ex-pats here. My good friend Harrison, who lived in Hong Kong, frequents on Wednesday with his friends. Who passes up free drinks?
FLM: Hong Kong's Premier LGBT+ Venue
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 feel the music’s vibration, begging you to come inside! They’re very welcoming to foreigners, too.
Zoo Bar: A Local Feel
Zoo Bar had the clubbiest music and the most local feel of all the Hong Kong gay bars, although it’s smaller so there is not much room to dance. I didn’t see any ex-pats here and I later learned why.
Linq is another gay bar that offers free vodka on Wednesdays. Over toward the western part of the Central neighborhood, their space was recently renovated.
Gay-Friendly Party Spots in Hong Kong
One Hong Kong bar that I really wanted to try is Flat 61. The day I went, the bar was closed because of some Hong Kong protests nearby. Flat 61 is a bit more of a cocktail bar, and so I was pretty excited to see how chic it really was. I would love to know what your experience is like.
Hong Kong Gay Travel: Top Beaches
Repulse Bay: Hong Kong’s Best Beach
I never expected to find such an amazing oasis in Hong Kong! Repulse Bay has a uniquely beautiful beachfront. The way the trees are spread out in the sand reminded me of an African landscape.
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
For a comprehensive list of Hong Kong beaches, visit Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Website. You can look up hours, locations, what facilities are available and general photos.
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.
I did not visit in summer, so I wasn’t in the right time frame to seek information on local gay beach hangouts. If you know of one in Hong Kong, shoot wolfyy an email to let me know.
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
It’s super easy quick and you can download the ticket and add it to your apple wallet. you the ticket will just pop up on your phone the day you need it.
More Hong Kong Gay Travel Tips
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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