The next day (my first full day in Hong Kong) was orientation. We took the SCAD shuttle from our homes in the New Territories to a peninsula called Kowloon. Kowloon is where the SCAD building is.
Kowloon is a working class area that’s not very impressive at first sight.
We had a tour, led by students, that showed us around the area. That was the first time I felt culture shock. Sham Shui Po is not a tourist area, so most things are not in English. There is a mass of people, street markets, and cars.
Eventually I grew to like the madness, and feel comfortable walking around by myself. Pretty much all areas of Hong Kong are very safe, no matter what time of day. Safety is something that I really appreciate.