To the backpackers travelling through Southeast Asia and for those of us who are lucky enough to live here, one of the largest festivals will soon be upon us – Mid-Autumm Festival (aka the Mooncake Festival or 中秋節).
Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month, when the moon is supposedly at its largest and brightest, children head out with their glowing lanterns to look at the moon. Gone are the days of paper lanterns and candles, these days Hello Kitty, Ultraman and Astro Boy plastic battery-operated lanterns light up the open areas of Hong Kong.
With families looking out for their children’s safety amongst hordes of other glowing members of the public, their attention to valuables like their mobile phone, wallets and iPods is about as far away as the moon is. For a festival that revolves around family reunions, mooncakes and bright lanterns, the thought that someone may be out to take advantage of your night is about as hard as struggling to swallow your first bite of a calorie coma-inducing moon cake.
The truth is, even though you may be out don’t let your guard down. Follow Pacsafe’s simple tips to staying safe this Mid-Autumn in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Vietnam:
- Don’t bring unnecessary valuables, cash or cards with you
- Never place your valuables in your back pockets
- Stash valuables in a slashproof bag. Pickpockets are known for using razors to slice open your bag
- If you’re catching a bus or train and trying to get some shut eye, keep your bag locked up and to a secure fixture.
- If you’re in a crowded area wear your bag or backpack on the front so you can see it at all times.