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Is Hong Kong safe for tourists?

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'Are you still going to Hong Kong?' 'I wouldn't recommend coming.' 'It looks really dangerous!' These were just some of the messages my friends sent me in the lead up to my visit. Me being super happy that I went However, other friends in HK said that it was fine as long as you avoided the protest areas.  I was also heading over to meet a friend's baby - wasn't going to miss that!  So with some trepidation but mostly absurd confidence I hopped on the plane and set off to what the news made out to be a warzone.  So how was it? Completely and utterly fine!  If anything, it was actually nicer?  It isn't anywhere near as busy as it normally is.  The malls were far more spacious, the restaurants weren't as busy and even better - the hotels were super cheap!  Hardly any people! Sounds fake.  Well okay it kind of is.  You do see a few signs of the riots that have been going on.  Some of the MTR station entranc