OP, you only bumped into dweebs. The real nasty pieces of shits aren't put off by a coupla police ocifers, nor would they make a scene on their own turf.
Mong Kok is pretty tame.
So is HK in general. I've had punkie looking teenagers politely apologize for bumping into me.
If you meet sth threatening I'd do my best to brush it off. Try to be friendly even when the other person is acting like an a**hole.
I have found that being a gweilo can bring on a lot more insults and rude comments than it used to.
That silly stereotype about learning a language so that you can understand what "they" are saying about you is starting to make sense...
While I totally agree that HK is much much safer some of the comments on violent crime in the UK seems a little exaggerated. Crime stats show 2% of people are subject to violent crime causing even minor injury and crime surveys put this at 3%. This varies enormously by age, so if you are 16-24 the rate is over 8%, if you are over 75 it is 0.2%. Still worryingly high though.
I saw 5 fist fights in my 5 years stay in HK - 3 of which is in MongKok - I've probably visited there 25 times max. If you go into certain building's fire exits, you might see blood and needles on the ground. When I reported to the security, they acted as if it's the most normal thing ever but they did call the police.
I think the fist fights isn't that big of a deal. Just 2 (not criminal) hot headed people accidentally meet in the same location.
But the drug scene is located in Mong Kok - if you're just there purchasing goods in tourist places, then you wouldn't cross your life with theirs.
I'm referring to mainly the areas located near Mong Kok MTR & SSP MTR.
Last edited by Creative83; 26-06-2015 at 04:45 AM.
Mong Kok must have changed in those seven years. I can't imagine getting into a fist fight there, or even seeing one, aside from during the Occupy protests when there were some pretty tense confrontations and some violence from the counterprotesters.
To the OP, who has clearly been waiting with bated breath lo these seven years, it's not dangerous in any sense that i understand that term. It is way crowded, so I'm sure that you've got a good chance of picking up someone's cold or something like that. It does seem like there's more stuff falling from the sky there, or even thrown down from above, which is what I'd worry about there.
Well the thread is alive now! Talking of fist fights, I've never seen one in 6 years here. The closest has been at football matches involving gweilos haha.