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Do/Do Not! in Hong Kong and Other Local Customs

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Local Customs in Hong Kong: Do/Do Not!

Hong Kong is a city of skyscrapers, a beautiful harbor, hiking trails and a host of other attractions and things to do. The area is densely populated and visitors to the area would benefit from learning the culture and quirks about the people before visiting.

Think Twice Before Lighting Up

If you are a smoker, it’s a good idea to think twice before lighting up at the beach. There are a few designated smoking areas along the concrete pathways of the boardwalk, so you can find a place to enjoy a smoke if you must. If you do decide to risk it you will face a hefty fine for every cigarette they find on you.

Give a Hoot and Don’t Pollute

It’s common knowledge to throw away your garbage and not litter on sidewalks and in public places. Some locations impose fines while others just post warnings. Hong Kong takes it one step further by hiring police to patrol the beaches and stop litterbugs. Not only do they impose large fees, Hong Kong will also arrest you for throwing just one wrapper on the ground. There are numerous trash bins located along the edges of the beach so wait until you start to leave for the day and dispose of your garbage responsibly.

Take Heed of Superstitions

The residents of Hong Kong are extremely superstitious, so it’s best to heed the supernatural if you are planning a stay. They believe in lucky numbers and for this reason most of the businesses have a three or an eight in the phone number. Feng Shui is popular among locals and you will find that many hire geomancers to set up their home or shop. If you are staying with a local family, never give a clock as a hostess gift, as it is a symbol for death, also the period of time between August and September is considered very unlucky, so you may want to hold off traveling during that time.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do and not to do in Hong Kong.

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