Happening and relaxed at the same time, Hong Kong shows us you an altogether different side of China. As soon as you reach Hong Kong, an iconic skyline allures you and makes you taste every single bite from the basket of assortments that it has to offer. Like every other tourist, I had some questions in mind while I planned to visit Hong Kong. Google helped me with some and others were answered when I was right there in the arms of this enchanting beauty. While you will get a list of things to do in Hong Kong easily over the net, there are some things that you will get to learn only on your visit to the place. I got to learn some and would like to share some things that you shouldn’t do on your tour to Hong Kong.
Deal with touts
Tsim sha Tsui is the key area of Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was the first name I came forth while reading about Hong Kong. Holding a very happening vibe, the place is lined with shops, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. While walking through the central lane of the area, you will come across a number of touts. Some of them come touting for hotels and others for clothes and watches. Or they may ask you to follow them to their store for a wide collection of watches and clothes. For that moment, it looked to me like any other Indian shopping market. Thanks to one of the locals who alerted us to avoid them.
Break the rules
Before traveling to Hong Kong, I read about China briefly and I remember reading about China’s spitting culture. Spitting is believed to ward off evil spirits and the practice is strongly believed all over. However, in Hong Kong it is completely different. Spitting is prohibited in public. You can be fined up to HK$5,000 for the same. Also, smoking on the MTR, ferries and public buses is prohibited. For all those who have a habit of breaking such rules must keep a check on themselves while traveling to Hong Kong.
Pack up just casuals on
When I was on a trip to Hong Kong, I packed my basic tees and shorts knowing that the place has mild weather for most part of the year. I visited the place in summers and it was humid. Shorts worked perfectly as I roamed through the place under the shining bright rays of the sun. I was mostly roaming across beaches and flea markets and the dressing was appropriate till then. However, when it comes to China, some places demand proper dressing. You can’t jump into a classy restaurant or shop in inappropriate clothes. I could sense it when I entered an apparel store in basic clothes. Later, I also got to know that in some restaurants people are not allowed to enter if they are wearing inappropriate clothes. Some of the restaurants have a very western ambiance and such things are not acceptable over there. However, I mostly munched street food and thus, saved myself from such a disaster.
Walk carelessly on the roads
Honestly, I am very bad with crossing roads. The moment I had to cross the road to reach China Hong Kong City, Hong Kong’s most prominent commercial complexes and also the China Ferry Terminal, I was observing how people perfectly walked step by step during red light. There was an unusual sync that was visible when people walked across roads. The speed of vehicles is scary, especially the buses. What I learned by day three of my tour was standing a little away from the road, maintain a safe distance from it and then looking at both sides before crossing the road. Most of the places are overcrowded and one must be mentally prepared to eventually get pushed unintentionally every now and then.
Practice Indian bargaining tactics
I was at the Ladies Market and I remember lusting for the imitations of brands like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ed Hardy. The flea market has much to offer starting right from handbags to footwear and accessories. I treated it like every other Indian market and went forward to bargain at most stalls. While at some stalls, I managed to get good discounts, others turned out to be disastrous. At one of the stalls, while I was bargaining for a copy of Michael Kors bag, the shopkeeper told me either to buy the bag at the same place or leave. (Yes! They can be very rude at times). At that time, one local came forward and shared that some Indians often bargain at these stalls but never buy when they cut down the prices and this is one reason why some of the stall owners don’t bargain with Indians. I reached another stall and bargained for a mobile cover. The shopkeeper agreed to reduce the price but not as much as I wished to. In short, it is never a bad idea to bargain in at flea markets but trying it the Indian way is a strict No-No!