Hang with us here. We’re going to give you a complicated answer.
The simple answer is no, but…
Take a look at the travel warnings from the US State Department.
3 Reasons Not To Visit Hong Kong
- 1. Political Unrest: Hong Kong has had protests and demonstrations taking place regularly since 2019. These events can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous for travelers.
- 2. Safety Concerns: The protests and demonstrations have led to an increase in crime and violence in certain areas of Hong Kong, making it a potentially unsafe destination for travelers.
- 3. Travel Restrictions: COVID-19 led to travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for travelers entering Hong Kong, making it difficult to plan a trip.
But we have also heard from a good source who does business in Hong Kong.
He wrote to us and says, “There’s no problem for Americans traveling to HK.”
He says Hong Kong is opening its borders and trying to drive up tourism again while also offering incentives to organizations and businesses to come back.
That also makes sense since China is into business and trade. And it’s apparent the rift with the West and the huge hit from Covid has hurt their economy.
So you know, it is not easy for us to guide you away from a destination. A travel colleague had a rule for us: never offer any negative postings about Travel; everything has to be positive to gain more business.
For me, as a trained journalist, that goes against everything I believe.
So, here at Undercover Jetsetter, we will give you warnings.
We don’t consider you as a reader or a follower. No, you are friend and family. We want you to keep coming back to us — and trust us — with all the information we give you.
We do a lot of research. For instance, we suggest you read this book.
Peoples Republic of Amnesia
Louisa Lim’s “The Peoples Republic of Amnesia” explores the collective amnesia in China about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. The book shows Chinese government’s efforts to erase the event from the public consciousness.
Lim argues that the Chinese government’s attempts to erase the memory of the Tiananmen Square massacre has led to a generation of young Chinese people who have little knowledge of what happened and why. This collective amnesia, she argues, has far-reaching implications for China’s future.
In addition to the political implications of the book, Lim also touches on the safety concerns in visiting Hong Kong.
Instead, we would suggest you explore other Asian destinations like Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea.
Still, if you carry that James Bond gene, and you still want to make the trip to Hong Kong, there are good reasons to see this incredible island and its culture.
- 1. Vibrant Culture: Hong Kong is a unique blend of Chinese and Western cultures, making it a fascinating destination for travelers who want to experience something different.
- 2. Delicious Food: Hong Kong is known for its diverse and delicious food scene, offering everything from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants.
- 3. Shopping Paradise: Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from luxury brands to local markets offering a wide range of products at competitive prices.
- 4. Stunning Views: Hong Kong is a city of skyscrapers, but it also has stunning natural landscapes, such as Victoria Peak and the beaches of Repulse Bay.
- 5. Convenient Transportation: Hong Kong has a well-developed transportation system, making it easy for travelers to get around the city and explore its many attractions.
If you are not, the cunning linguist that James Bond is, and you feel that maybe Hong Kong isn’t right for you, then take a virtual trip with us.
In the video below, you will see one of our best episodes. We explore many attractions, restaurants, and nightlife in Hong Kong.
We even witnessed a flash mob dancing to music in the streets with an admiring crowd including us.
This episode is very emotional for us. We really nailed it in producing this. But we also were heart-broken about the death of Anthony Bourdain to whom we dedicated the show and episode.
Whatever you do, first come with us virtually to Hong Kong.
Susan Anzalone and John Daly are the Co-Creators and Co-Hosts of Undercover Jetsetter, a show on travel, food, wine, mixology and, of course, golf. They show you how to jet set the world and at home. They also co-authored the book, The TV Studio In Your Hand: How to Shoot, Edit & Deliver the Easy Way on Your iPhone. Join them for tips and hacks on the road, at home, or in the kitchen. Yes, as you will see, all on the iPhone.