China : Safety by CityChina - safety as a country
Hong Kong is the dynamic metropolis, where modern and traditional world is combined. That proves the description that this is the city where “East meets West”.
In order to satisfy everyone’s taste, it offers something for someone. Starting from shopping, cuisine and nightlife to the festivals, it is a city of vibrant entertainment. The Victoria Peak and Harbour is often referred as a shopping paradise. There is something for every budget, whether it is in the shops that offer brand items, or at bazaars and markets.
The most visited tourist attractions are St John’s Cathedral, Victorian-gothic St Andrew’s Church, the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Temple of Wong-Tar-Shian.
Warnings & Dangers in Hong Kong
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Hong Kong is quite safe with some petty crimes like thefts, vandalism and burglaries. Serious crime acts are rare in Hong Kong, especially against tourists. Considering the fact that there is no place in the world with 100 safety rate, it is always recommended to be watchful so as to avoid becoming victim.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Unlicensed taxis are very common in Hong Kong and should not be taken. They often do not use their meter. What tourist should do, in order to avoid being tricked, is to ask the driver to take the bags out of the trunk before they pay and always take a licensed taxi from their hotel or any other accommodation.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
The fact that it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, as well as a great and often visited tourist destination makes Hong Kong the heaven for pickpockets. So, in crowded places and busy streets you should make sure that your belongings are close to you and pay attention to your surroundings.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
The only natural disasters risks in Hong Kong are those of typhoons during the summer season, since storms and winds cause flooding, landslides and other major damages.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Hong Kong has a low rate in terms of muggings, but some cases of this crime might happen if tourists follow the criminal without knowing what he/she is saying. Avoid talking to strangers, especially if they do not speak your language.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
In the recent history of terrorism in Hong Kong there are no records of terrorist attacks, but they still cannot be predicted. The global risk of terrorist attacks in public areas exists worldwide, so tourists should be vigilant.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
All the tourists who come to Hong Kong represent a possible victim of scammers and it is a growing problem. The most common trick is in shops that shop assistants go to pick a new set in the back of the shop after you decide to purchase something and the one they bring is usually an older model or even a fake one. Many shops sell products without a price tag which allows them to decide the price at the spot and often overcharge customers.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
The risk for women travelers in Hong Kong is at the lowest level and it is hard to believe that there is no area in the whole city that women should not visit both during the day and night. Due to the fact that pickpocket risk is at the high level, women should be cautions as in any other city.
So... How Safe Is Hong Kong Really?
Hong Kong is a city which quickly developed into important business and cultural center. Lan Kwai Fong is an entertainment district with bars, restaurants and live music. Victoria Peak is the mountaintop full of expensive mansions which offers the best view of the city.
All the attractions are great for tourists, but they are also attractive for some petty crimes and lawbreakers tend to take advantage of every possible situation. The most violent crimes are usually committed by triads and they include drug trafficking, and racketeering. Tourists should pay attention while driving and use amazing public transport systems, because there are over 500,000 private vehicles in Hong Kong and inexperienced driving can be risky.
- Visas - The necessity for a visa depends on the country you are coming from. The Philippines nationals who come to Hong Kong for tourism or business and stay less than 14 days do not need visas. There are 170 countries whose citizens can visit Hong Kong without a visa, if they stay from 7 to 180 days, but that also depends on their nationality.
- Currency - The official currency in China is yuan or renminbi. ATMs can be found in big cities. Your credit cards might not be accepted everywhere, since Chinese still pay everything in cash. Even though many people believe that it is a very luxurious city, Hong Kong is definitely not the most expensive in the world.
- Weather - A monsoon subtropical climate of Hong Kong makes the weather mild throughout most of the year. During the period from October to early December, the weather is sunny and pleasant. July is the hottest month, while the coldest is January. You can easily distinguish seasons in Hong Kong – spring is warm, summers are usually sunny and rainy, autumn is the best season to visit Hong Kong due to the pleasant weather conditions, and winters are cold.
- Airports - Hong Kong International Airport has two parallel runways, which are 3,800 meters long and 60 meters wide. It is Hong Kong’s major airport, located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. The airport’s nickname is Chek Lap Kok Airport and it is used for the transportation of both cargo and passengers.
- Travel Insurance - Visitors of Hong Kong do not necessarily have to have any form of insurance, but travel insurance is always considered prudent. Once you know that you have protection in case of accidental injury, lost or stolen baggage or trip cancellation, it makes you feel peaceful when you travel.