Hong Kong Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Protest banners outside of Bank of China
    Protest banners outside of Bank of China
    by mikey_e
  • Protestors across the street from Citigroup
    Protestors across the street from...
    by mikey_e
  • Hazy weather in Hong Kong
    Hazy weather in Hong Kong
    by victorwkf

Most Recent Warnings and Dangers in Hong Kong Island

  • mikey_e's Profile Photo

    Demonstrations

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hong Kong, having been returned to China in 1997, enjoys a degree of freedom and democracy that is not otherwise seen in the PRC. There are, occasionally, protests against the government and against main actors in the complex state-business relationship that is the bedrock of HK society. When I was in HK in September 2010, there were a number of protests around the city against banks and mutual funds, primarily staged by angry investors unhappy with the way that their funds were managed by these institutions. The protesters are primarily the elderly, but there may be a different demographic when the subject is political (particularly around June 4, Tiananmen Square anniversary). It is highly unlikely that protests would ever get violent, but it's still a good idea to be a bit inconspicuous when photographing them.

    Protest banners outside of Bank of China Protestors across the street from Citigroup

    Was this review helpful?

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo

    Weather and typhoon

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you intend to visit Hong Kong, do note that the typhoon season is between May and November. If the typhoon is serious, there will be anouncements and everybody is supposed to return home (i.e. curfew). During such a situation, there will be lots of people rushing especially taking transport such as sub-way, buses etc (so do take note).

    During the earlier part of the year till April, the weather is cool but tends to be hazy which will affect the views of the city and Victoria Harbour from the top of Victoria Peak.

    Hazy weather in Hong Kong
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Low Cloud - Victoria Peak

    by keeweechic Written Sep 3, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you are planning on going up The Peak, watch the weather. When low cloud surrounds Hong Kong Island it makes visibility almost nil in places. The higher you go the worse it is. This photo was taken from my first apartment which was only half way up The Peak. My first 4 days in Hong Kong were like this but when it cleared, it was fantastic. If you go up The Peak in weather like this, you will see zero.

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Tram Riding

    by keeweechic Written Sep 3, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you are catching the trams at busy times be warned to make your way from the back to the front, or from upstairs to downstairs, long before you need to get off otherwise you will never get past everyone in time. The doors on the tram are also a bit of a death trap if you try and get on at the last minute. Payment is the exact change and is put into a container by the driver on exiting.

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Black Rain Warning

    by keeweechic Written Sep 3, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Black Rain Warning is issued when 100mm or more of rain is predicted or has fallen. Residents are recommended to stay in doors as flash floods and landslides can be dangerous.

    Typhoon warnings are raised at No. 1. At a No. 8 warning, winds gusting to 100 knots, shops and schools are closed. Ferry services and above ground Rail services are halted. People are advised to stay indoors.

    Beware umbrellas on wet days, you are likely to have your eye poked out or a pin cushion made of your head. Sometimes its better to keep both arms free to fend off the nylon concaves.

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Public Toilets

    by keeweechic Written Sep 3, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Public toilets are not the best and toilet paper is not usually supplied. Best to carry a supply of tissues or head for hotel bathrooms. In the more upmarket hotels, there is usually an attendant on duty. A small dish is placed on the vanity units for tipping which is pretty much expected. Large department stores also have toilets available.

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Sundays

    by keeweechic Written Sep 3, 2006

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sundays are the day the Filipino community (the Amahs etc) have their day off and get together. They congregate around Central - a road is even blocked off for them to mingle, sing and dance and have their little religious gatherings. They also collect around the Star Ferry area Central and at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. They are all fun loving and its almost like party time when they get together along with all their large packages they have bought to send back home to families but if you are in a hurry and trying to get somewhere, it can take you quite a while to get through them all. After all, its Sunday and no one is supposed to be in a hurry.

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Wet Markets

    by keeweechic Written Sep 3, 2006

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Be careful walking around the Wet Market areas. The pavements are very slippery from the fat washed off meat etc. The pavements are hosed down at the end of trading.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Hong Kong Island

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

30 travelers online now

Comments (1)

  • May 10, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Beware of booking directly with a hotel in Hong Kong. Use Expedia or hotel.com or something. I was charged more than $300 for a no-show by Wharney Guangdong hotel after I tried to make a reservation on their website but was kicked out at the last moment. It is actually not the hotel that runs the site but an outfit called Pelican who run many other hotel websites too, like for the Renaissance. Wharney refused to the responsibility and Pelican claims they sent me a confirmation and maybe it went to my spam.

Hong Kong Island Warnings and Dangers

Reviews and photos of Hong Kong Island warnings and dangers posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Hong Kong Island sightseeing.

View all Hong Kong Island hotels