A vibrant, if not readily apparent, gay and lesbian community of expats and Chinese lives in Hong Kong. Discrimination is not a serious issue here, though, as in most places, you may encounter some less-than-open-minded people. Hong Kong has only a handful of openly gay establishments, concentrated mostly in the Lan Kwai Fong/SoHo nightlife districts, but several clubs have regular gay or lesbian nights. The monthly gay guide DS Magazine (www.dimsum-hk.com), is distributed free to clubs, bars, and other venues and has an events calendar. South Bay, a beach on the south end of Hong Kong Island, is popular with gays.

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