Fake Monks in Hong Kong

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kevinhongkong kevinhon…
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Fake Monks in Hong Kong Dec 18, 2011
I am not sure why I have to give an overall rating and cost rating for general advice. :P Anyway, here it goes....

For most seasoned travelers, this advice is obvious - as it falls under the "beware of anyone who takes special interest in you as a traveler/outsider" umbrella.

In Hong Kong, especially the TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) area of Kowloon, you may encounter fake monks - dressed up like a monk but not a monk. Usually they will come straight for you if you are an outsider - especially if you are White - and somehow ask for money (they may hold a bag in front of you, or give you some sort of token gift, etc).

Real monks of course don't go around begging money from White people, so do not give any money to these guys.

I usually tell them they are fakes and to get lost - - and typically the Chinese around me when I do this cheer me on. :)
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