Crowded Places You Should Avoid on Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong

With a population of 7.28 billion and a density of approximately 66,200 per square mile, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Being one of the most densely populated cities, in conjunction with the daily influx of both mainland and foreign tourists, you can only image how crowded Hong Kong is, especially during the public holidays when everyone is coming to visit their friends and family.

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, it should come as no surprise that the streets would be filled with even more people who are out celebrating. And you may have already guessed, some places will no doubt be more cramped in comparison to the others. So, if you’re like me and would prefer to celebrate the day in a less congested location and actually be able to breathe and enjoy the day with your significant other or your friends/family, I would strongly recommend you to avoid the following locations:

Lunar New Year Markets

Lunar New Year market in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. Photo by Yukki Leung

As this year’s Valentine’s Day is so closely dated to the Lunar New Year festival, visiting the Lunar New Year market on Valentine’s Day may seem like the perfect date as there are an array of food stalls, flower stores, booth games and reasonably priced miscellaneous items that you can purchase. With all the great deals happening, best believe that the market will be filled with not just couples, but people of all ages, pushing around to find the perfect bargain in preparation for their Chinese New Year. So if I were you, I would definitely stray from visiting such markets on Valentine’s Day.

Amusement/Theme Parks

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Hong Kong Disneyland’s Magic Castle. Photo by Yukki Leung

Theme parks and amusement parks like Disneyland, Ocean Park and the AIA carnival in Hong Kong are all known for being popular dating spots throughout the year. These places are great for dating, but not on Valentine’s Day. As with all the other major holidays in Hong Kong, these locations usually have special celebratory events during the Lunar New Year period to attract visitors. Which only means that there will be more people and less fun. Your day will definitely be reduced to waiting in line all day which would kill the romance and experience. So if you have never been to one and really want to, I would say any weekend would still be better than Valentine’s Day.

Outlying Island

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View from Yim Tin Tsai, an outlying island in Hong Kong. Photo by Yukki Leung

With Hong Kong’s geographical advantage, we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit outlying islands that are far away from all the hustle and bustle, but close enough for us to make it a one-day trip. These outlying islands often provide us with nature’s beautiful sceneries that are very different to the concrete walls that surround us daily, making them ideal spots for couple getaways. With that being said, you would have already guessed that these islands will surely be filled with a great deal of people who also share the same mentality of getting away from the crowd, but only to find themselves running into another one. So, my advice again here is that you should best avoid any islands of sorts.

Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love and romance, and the last thing you would want is to be frustrated about people who keep bursting your personal bubble. So apart from these hot spots, if you still find that places are too crowded for your liking, you can always just spend a day-in/night-in at the comfort of your own home.

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