29 Things You Should Never Do In Hong Kong

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Don’t Get In A Taxi Without Cash

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You got yourself an Octopus card and you’ve managed to get to the different restaurants and tourist spots with ease—until you hop in a taxicab without cash in your pocket. Unfortunately, taxi drivers do not accept Octopus cards, credit cards, or debit cards. You can only pay them with cash. They also don’t accept large bills like HKD1,000 and HKD500, so make sure you have smaller denominations. Taxi drivers will get extremely upset when they find out you don’t have cash or a smaller bill. Add their irritation to the challenging language barrier and it makes for an awful experience for both you and the driver. There are some drivers that use a taxi-hailing app and you can pay with Visa or Mastercard, but there is a 3% administration fee for credit card payments. If you want to avoid the unnecessary stress during your trip, just take other modes of public transport because almost everywhere you need to be in Hong Kong is accessible by subway, bus, or tram.