After traveling the whole world we learned a precious lesson: Always seek for advice from locals. Trust me, they know better and you will have a greater time. It’s a completely different experience when you allow yourself to dive into the local culture and go beyond the tourist attractions.
With this in mind, we interviewed Maverick to give us smart travel advice and share the essentials gay travelers need to know by delivering to our readers a comprehensive and dynamic Hong Kong gay guide. He has lived there since 2014 working as a Marketing Specialist. Maverick is passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures and shared with us his favorite spots in the city.
We summarized the things we consider the most important for a traveler and asked Maverick to share with us his advice from a local gay guy perspective.
Here is what he has to say about Hong Kong:
WHERE TO STAY
The best area to stay in Hong Kong is Sheung Wan in my opinion, for gay or straight equally. It is the part of the city with a colorful mix of old buildings and shiny skyscrapers, street markets and hipster cafe’s, dried seafood street and gay bars. I also live here and everything I need is in walking distance – the weekend brunch, clubs for the weekend or the ferry piers for an island getaway.
WHERE TO PARTY
Hong Kong’s gay scene has evolved in the years I spent here and got a bit more diverse. However, it is not big! There is not really a gay club, rather some bars with small dancefloor. Recently Petticoat Lane is the place to be, with drag shows almost every night of the week and a free-vodka Wednesgay event. Other places that have been around for years are FLM, Zoo and Wink. Bing Bing in Causeway bay is a bit out of Central, and popular with local crowds. I haven’t discovered local bars on the Kowloon Side of Hong Kong yet! My favorite bar is J. Borowski with amazing (and pricey) custom made drinks.
Hong Kong is quite gay friendly in terms of “nobody really cares” so I showed PDA with my boyfriend in straight clubs like Dragon-i or Cassio without being bothered. In the daytime you see a lot of gay men, often couples, strolling around PMQ and the nearby cafes.
GAY EVENTS IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong has two gay events a year – the pride in November and Pink Dot in September as I remember. Whereas pride is important as a political statement, it has nothing to do with other cities’ counterpart – there is not trucks, no music, no party. It is a march through the city with speeches and some local celebrity support. Pink Dot, however, is a bigger event, usually in West Kowloon Cultural District, with tens of thousands of participants of all genders, ages and backgrounds. Everbody wears pink, there is music and food and games, and a drone will take a pic of the giant pink dot from above. It is fun and positive!
Hong Kong is probably one of the safest cities in the world. I never had any problem, people leave their phones on the table etc. Although people are quite traditional here being gay is still a taboo in families, nobody bothers if you hold hands with your partner on the streets. People only mind their own business.
WHEN GO TO HONG KONG
Personally I love October to December here. The temperature is moderate, the weather quite dry with more sunny days. January – March is springtime with cool, very moist and humid weather! Sometimes you won’t see the skyline and humidity feels uncomfortable. May-September is considered summer with temperatures never below 28 degrees day and night, high humidity and sometimes squally showers and typhoons. If you can’t take heat – definitely come in winter.
WHAT TO EAT
Hong Kong is the home of Dim Sum! These little steamed or deep fried snacks are served in bamboo baskets and accompanied with tea, and are the brunch for locals. Also must try is the life seafood, everywhere near the ocean, like in Saikung or Lei Yue Mun. Hong Kong is international – you find any cuisine here! I love Japanese and Thai food as well. Brunch with Avocado-Benedict is all around Central, Soho and Sheung Wan up to Sai Ying Pun. There is a big expat community!
WHERE TO SHOP
THINGS TO DO
DAY TRIP FROM HONG KONG
Go to Macau! The high speed ferry takes you there in one hour and it is quite different than Hong Kong – Portuguese heritage, old ruins and casinos that make Vegas look small! Also worth checking out the big younger brother Shenzhen across the border, foreigners need a China visa for the visit, which can be obtained at the border in most cases.
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