Hong Kong is a towering city filled with skyscrapers, shopping malls, street side markets, restaurants and winding side streets all built on the side of lush green jungle covered mountains which is spread over a collection of small islands and the adjacent mainland. Hong Kong is home to 7 million people making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world and remains a world apart from the rest of China.
Hong Kong’s service oriented economy is characterized by its low taxation, almost free port trade and well established international financial market. The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar which is the ninth most traded currency in the world. Hong Kong is a paradise for shoppers and offers perhaps the widest and most exclusive range of products anywhere in the world, from luxury international goods to local souvenirs. Most goods and products (except for wine and cigarettes) are tax free and the prices are relatively low.
Cantonese is the official language spoken by most people. Its unintelligible with other spoken Chinese varieties but somewhat similar when written. English, another official language is understood by about 40 percent of people in Hong Kong and is used mostly as a second language. Signs in both Chinese and English are very commonplace.
In many ways Hong Kong is already one of the most gay friendly cities in Asia. In 1991 the the Legislative Council decriminalized private, adult, non commercial, consensual homosexual relations. The history of same sex relations in China, before negative Western Christian viewpoints took hold, has been documented since ancient times and was celebrated in the art and literature of many dynasties. While social conservatives, Christians and Catholics still view homosexuality as immoral, the majority of people aren’t bothered by it. Gay Hong Kong is a tolerant modern city and this is reflected in it’s accepting attitude towards gay guys. Most gay visitors to Hong Kong experience no problems checking into hotels, visiting tourist attractions, socializing or partying.
Hong Kong is one of the most important centers of financial activity in the world. Living standards and education standards are high. As such most guys here are employed in the finance or associated sectors and have high disposable incomes. Most are gorgeous and look after their bodies and dress very smart, wearing the latest designer brands and have the latest electronic gadgets. Hong Kong guys grow up being mommas boys. Due to super high property and rent prices, sons live at home till their 30s. So sometimes they may appear to lack social skills and be a little demanding, rude or moody. But for all its financial and commercial progress, guys in Hong Kong continue to hold certain traditional beliefs close to their hearts and will often be committed to a gay relationship.
There are stacks of gay guys in Hong Kong. Many are more open and out than in other Asian countries and there are plenty looking for gay foreigners as having a local boyfriend and especially a girlfriend can be complicated and demanding for them. Its easier for them to come home after a long day at work and have gay sex without any hassles.
Gay Hong Kong nightlife is centered on Hong Kong island around the areas of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong. Weeknights can be a little quiet but weekends certainly make up for this. With a vast array of gay clubs, bars, saunas, restaurants and hotels there is plenty for gay travelers to do. List of Gay Bars and Clubs
Hong Kong has lots of gay saunas where gay guys go to unwind and for relaxation, as opposed to the clubs where guys go to socialize. Most have all the amenities that you would expect such as dry saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, cabins, video lounges and dark room cruising. Some also have pools, spas, massage, bars, karaoke and cafes. Some are favored by bears, others by younger crowds and some East / West mixing. List of Gay Saunas
Hong Kong does not have an exclusively gay beach, although some beaches attract more of a gay crowd. These beaches tend to get busiest at weekends. The main three beaches that attract gay visitors are Middle Bay Beach, South Bay Beach and Cheung Sha Beach.
You can find hotels and accommodation almost anywhere in the city. Prices vary from cheap and basic to world class luxury suites with fantastic city views and first class service.
On your to visit list you should include Chi Lin Nunnery a peaceful retreat, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Tian Tan Buddha a 202 ton statue on Lantau Island. Also be sure to check out the spectacular skyline view from Victoria Peak via the Peak Tramway
Be sure to grab a copy of Dim Sum its Hong Kong’s only printed gay lifestyle magazine. Published on a monthly basis and available free of charge at most gay venues in the city. Dim Sum covers all aspects of gay life in Hong Kong including the arts, entertainment and LGBT rights.
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