Hong Kong is actually quite a fascinating place! Expensive but you can also get what you want. I had heard that Hong Kong is also a naughty place so I went there exploring the naughty world. Language quiet often can be a barrier but this is China… Well not exactly China but an SAR or Special Administrative Region. Going to Hong Kong does not mean you go to China. Actually could be quite the opposite. You may be able to walk into Hong Kong but not to China. China is one of few places that actually require you to get a visa even if you hold a western passport.
Hong Kong in many ways is quite the opposite of China. Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road and China on the right! Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar and China the Renminbi. Having said that there are ATMs in Hong Kong that give you Renminbi and even Euro. Walk into a large HSBC ATM room and you will be puzzled as to which one you should use! After all, for decades Hong Kong was administered by the British. So do you expect them to be like China? No!
Wan Chai, Hong Kong for starters is a busy commercial area filled with office workers, shoppers, specialty spots and the very lively bars and night clubs along Lockhart Road. The area is obviously famous for street walkers. Not just you and me but street walkers working as prostitutes. Majority and I mean absolute Majority of about 95% are from overseas mainly from Philippines, Indonesia, a lesser number from Thailand and Africa. You will also find some from Russian and East European countries.
They walk the streets and some patronise the various night clubs and pubs around. The area is also known for the doggy strip clubs or go-go bars which is a better term for such places in Asia. The Go-go bars of Hong Kong are boring. The women don’t actually strip but dance so enthusiastically waiting for a man to come in and buy them a drink. Go-Go bars are a big rip off. They used to be much livelier somewhere around the 2005 era. It’s easy to spot them. There will be a women (usually not a man) soliciting you into coming in and having one beer. Yes one bear and then… read more about them in the Wan Chai post.
Yau Ma Tei is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District in the south of the Kowloon Peninsula. To the north of that is the Mong Kok area. My post on Hong Kong explains more about the different parts of Hong Kong. Yau Ma Tei, is the region between the Jordan and Yau Ma Tei MTR stations and the Mong Kok area continues from Yau Ma Tei to Prince Edward MTR stations. Within the two areas are plenty of what is called walk-ups or One Women Brothels which are not illegal by any means.
Further up from Yau Ma Tei area is the Mong Kok area. Mong Kok is one of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong. The area is characterised by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops, restaurants and commercial or residential units. Major industries in Mong Kok are retail, restaurants and entertainment. It has been described and portrayed in films as an area in which triads run bars, nightclubs, and massage parlors. With its extremely high population density, Mong Kok was described as the busiest district in the world by the Guinness World Records. There are also plenty of Budget accommodation spots and when that happens it starts to be a popular spot for the streetwalkers.
Sunday is fun day for the Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong and the fun starts in the morning!
Massage Parlours or Massage Shops are all over the place. Just get onto Lockhart Road and you will see them in plenty. Look up and you will see the glittering neon lights. The websites like 141hongkong.com I spoke about in a previous post (and will talk about more in another post) also have massage listings and point you to specific locations. Finding an address in Hong Kong can be a nightmare. Hence, they even show photos of the surrounding areas and doorways.
One of the most famous venues in Lan Kwai Fong is the Petticoat Lane. The nightclub is a highlight of Hong Kong’s gay scene with regular live shows. Well… Live shows by a Drag Queen and when I say regular, one at 12 midnight and 1 am on some days! Petticoat Lane at
Basement, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central is the only venue in Hong Kong I have come across that has a Drag Show on a regular basis. Ophelia in Wan Chai does have a drag show sometimes but not so regular. Petticoat Lane only has drag.
Although nothing related to sex, I found another interesting venue in Wan Chai. That is a place called Ophelia. It is a performance venue for the sophisticated. It is Hong Kong’s pre-eminent entertainment and performance destination with drinks served in a very unique space. Ophelia has several daily performances. You will see something happening any time including a show by a Drag Queen. Drag is not the most popular in Hong Kong. However, there was one darg show which was relatively acceptable which I will cover in the post on Lan Kwai Fong.
So what do Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong do during their time off? Filipinos or the Pinoys as they sometimes like to be called are big in numbers. Largely the more religious and the conservatives flock around the central area. No this is not the kind that the naughty kind like me are after. They are pretty boring. They make themselves a makeshift picnic area. They bring food and share. They play cards. They do whatever they like to do to keep themselves occupied. There is a guy selling flattened cardboard boxes for them to make tents. Another renting portable karaoke machines – yes they love to sing. Another goes around repairing garments. Some selling food. The underpass across the road connecting to the Central Ferry Terminal is more or less occupied by the Filipinos.