11 Things Not to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is indeed a paradise for eating, shopping and sightseeing. In Hong Kong, you have a bunch of fun things to do whenever you visit. Do you know what no to do in Hong Kong? If not, you should read this article and remember the top 11 things not to do in Hong Kong, so as to travel around Hong Kong more smoothly.


1.Don’t Just Shop and Eat.

Except for shopping and eating, Hong Kong still has more for you to explore. Don’t miss these popular places during your trip in Hong Kong, such as Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour, Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

Victoria Harbour


2.Don’t Spend All Your Time in Hong Kong Island.

A tour in Hong Kong is not all about Hong Kong Island, you can still visit other islands or less-known places. Hong Kong is comprised of about 262 outlaying islands, some of the islands are more traditional and original than Hong Kong Island.

Lantau Island may be your first choice, for Hong Kong Disney Land, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Giant Buddha and Tai O Fishing Village. What’s more, Lantau Island is also a great place for hiking and camping.

Lamma Island, as the third largest island in Hong Kong, is also popular among tourists. This isolated island is a great place for you to taste seafood in Hong Kong.

Tian Tan Giant Buddha


3.Don’t Visit Hong Kong at a Wrong Time.

It’s really important for you to avoid the worst time for visiting Hong Kong, for a comfortable and enjoyable Hong Kong tour. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to the next March, the climate will be good for traveling.

Try to avoid July and August, this period of time is typhoon season, usually with heavy rain. You won’t get a wonderful experience during these months.

If you don’t want to meet the crowds wherever you go, please avoid Spring Festival (late Jan to Feb), Labor Day (May 1-3) and National Day (October 1-7). In addition, there will be lots of Chinese tourists during summer vacation. Make sure you book your tickets and hotels ahead of time if you can’t avoid the peak season.

Hong Kong Disney Land


4.Don’t Only Eat Dim Sum.

While traveling in Hong Kong, no one will miss Dim Sum. Don’t only eat Dim Sum when you’re in Hong Kong, other Cantonese dishes are also delicious and worth-trying. Moreover, you’d better not miss street food in Hong Kong, which you might have seen in some dramas and movies.

Except for local food, there are diverse options for you if you prefer western food, Japanese food or other food from your own country. In a word, Hong Kong will never let you down.

Hong Kong Street Food


5.Don’t Forget Octopus Card.

Don’t forget to get an Octopus card after you arrive Hong Kong. This stored value card works on all kinds of public transportation and convenience stores in Hong Kong, which will help you save a lot of time. There are many places that you could buy the card, even at the airport.


6.Don’t Miss Special Events and Festivals in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has big celebrations for some festivals, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Spring Festival and some local festivals. You may have a great time in Hong Kong, but the price for hotel may be higher than usual, please book your hotel in advance.

For rugby fans, the Hong Kong Sevens will be perfect for you, which is in March/April each year. There are also other events like Hong Kong Horse Racing, some exhibitions and conferences.

New Year Celebration


7.Don’t Stay in Inconvenient Areas.

Price for hotels in Hong Kong will be more expensive than some other popular tourist cities. When choosing your hotel, you’d better pay attention to the exact location of the specific hotel, because there are plenty of side streets and walk-ups in Hong Kong. You won’t get a good experience if you stay in some inconvenient areas, even though the price is lower.

Areas with convenient public transportation will be better for you, if you’re traveling in Hong Kong independently. If you find it too hard to pick an ideal hotel, focus on areas around Central, Soho and Causeway Bay.

If you don’t want to spend much time on choosing hotels, you can let us help you with the accommodation in Hong Kong, our local experts know which hotel will be the best for you.


8.Don’t Take Taxis All the Time.

It’s convenient to take taxi in Hong Kong, and it won’t be expensive. Instead of taking taxi all the time, you can try other public transportation like MTR, ferry or the “Ding Ding” Tram, as public transportation are cheap and efficient. Sometimes buses run faster than taxis.

Riding on “Ding Ding” Tram is a traditional way to go along historical streets of Hong Kong. And for the ferry, you can get a grand view of Victoria Habour by taking the Star Ferry. You’d better not miss the best experiences in Hong Kong.

Moreover, you should always keep in mind that taxi drivers in Hong Kong don’t accept Octopus card, credit card or debit card. Don’t take taxi without cash.

“Ding Ding” Tram


9.Don’t Smoke Everywhere.

There is a strict law existed in Hong Kong, thus, don’t smoke in the public places, such as restaurants, shopping malls, streets or any public transportation. Once you’re caught smoking in prohibited areas, you will be in fined for about 800 USD (5,000 HKD). No kidding. Meanwhile, don’t carry too many cigarettes with you when entering Hong Kong, usually less than 19.


10.Don’t Overpay at Street Markets.

Speaking of shopping, don’t only buy things in the shopping malls. As you’re in Hong Kong, it’s a great opportunity to shop at some street markets. However, don’t overpay when shopping, instead, try to bargain with the shoppers. It’s fine to go around and compare the prices before you buy what you want, because you can find the same item in the nearby stores.


11.Don’t Expect Too Much Personal Space.

Never expect too much personal space when traveling in Hong Kong, especially during peak season. Actually, most famous attractions and shopping streets in Hong Kong are flooded with tourists from different places, as Hong Kong is one of the most popular tourist cities in China. Take it easy.

Streets in Hong Kong


Do Visit Hong Kong During Your Trip in China

Don’t miss Hong Kong when visiting China. No matter what kind of tour you’re looking for, scenic tour, cultural tour or gourmet tour, Hong Kong will meet your expectation. You can check the following tours if you have interests, or let us help you with all the arrangements.

Victoria Peak


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  • 9 Days Southern China Tour: Guangzhou, Guilin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong
  • Create Your Own Hong Kong Tour: easily start planning by telling us attractions you want to visit, things you want to do and level of hotel you prefer