Celebrating Pride in Hong Kong
A big, bustling city that is one of the major hubs of Asia, Hong Kong is a fascinating travel destination.
Why not coordinate your travel plans so that you can fly your flag at Hong Kong’s Pride festival?
Pride in Hong Kong
First held in 2014, Pink Dot HK is now the largest LGBTQ annual event in Hong Kong.
The format of the event is an outdoor festival and concert, bringing together the LGBTQ community and allies in support of diversity and equality.
The 2018 event was held on 21 October in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Dates for 2019 have not yet been announced.
LGBTQ equality in Hong Kong
Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1991. There are now legislative protections against discrimination based on sexuality.
Marriage Equality is not something that is recognised in Hong Kong. Marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.
In many ways, Hong Kong remains a relatively socially conservative society. While there is a vibrant LGBTQ community and nightlife, there is still considerable pressures to confirm to traditional roles and identities.
Things to do and see
The city boasts some of the world’s tallest buildings, including the ICC which holds the Ritz-Carlton hotel and O-zone bar on the 118th floor.
Probably the world’s largest outdoor, seated Buddha - helpfully referred to locally as the Big Buddha – can be found on Lantau Island, just a short train and then cable car ride away from the heart of the city.
Another exciting ride can be found at the Peak Tram – one of the world’s steepest tram rides, whisking you up to Victoria Peak for spectacular views over Hong Kong Harbour.
Every evening, Victoria Harbour is lit up by a massive light show which, illuminates the spectacular city-scape on both sides of the water.
Other major sights include the 10,000 Buddhas monastery in Sha Tin, and the beautifully landscaped Kowloon Walled City Park.
Navigating your way around Hong Kong is easy to do either via the public transport system, or taxis are a relatively affordable option.
With a hot and humid climate for most of the year, there are plenty of places to cool off. Also, Hong Kong has plenty of beaches – including a few gay ones. The most popular are on Hong Kong Island at Middle Bay and South Bay, and also there’s a perfect stretch of sand at Cheung Sha.
If you like to shop, then Kowloon offers a number of markets. By day, there’s the Ladies Market, which confusingly also sells stuff for men. Also, check out the Temple Street night market, which gets going about 7 PM until midnight. These markets get crowded, but almost everywhere in Hong Kong is pretty crowded.
One of the highlights of any visit to Hong Kong is the food. The local cuisine is Cantonese, but this is a truly international city – whatever you’re looking for, and whatever your budget, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy you.