29 Things You Should Never Do In Hong Kong

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Don’t Smoke In Public

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Hong Kong prohibits smoking in most public places, and you can only smoke near a garbage can with an ashtray or in designated smoking areas. If you are caught smoking or holding a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe in a no-smoking area, you will be liable to pay a fixed penalty of HKD1,500. You cannot smoke in indoor areas such as restaurants, bars, department stores, shopping malls, supermarkets, banks, workplaces, lobbies of private buildings, hospitals, schools, cinemas, and amusement centers. Smoking is also banned in outdoor areas such as public lifts, escalators, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, beaches, and stadiums. There is also a penalty if you smoke inside public transportation, MTR areas, ferry terminals, and car parks. Aside from smoking in public areas, tobacco advertising is likewise prohibited. You are also not allowed to carry a full packet of cigarettes when you enter Hong Kong. You can only bring with you 19 cigarettes or one cigar; otherwise, bring in excess and you will be liable to prosecution.