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First Time to HK, First Time Surfer, New Registerant, Needs Help on Familiarising with CS
Posted January 10th, 2013 - 3:18 pm by from Beijing, China (Permalink)
Hi, everyone.
As you can see I'm wholly new to this community. I registered my CS account only days before, and I'm not very clear about the concept of CouchSurfing. I don't know where's the most appropriate place to post this thread and would apologize if this is not the right place for such a post.
Right now I have a few questions regarding couch searching and couch surfing, I wonder if anyone would explain them to me? thanks. (googling did not provide satisfactory answers)

>0. Is there any detailed introductory pages on the concept of CouchSurfing? (wikipedia gave only history of this webiste)
>1. Is it true that one is supposed to HOST several guest before being HOSTED (to SURF)?
>2. Is it the case that some couch providers like to be contacted using personal messages?
>3. Does the empty couch icon mean couch(es) are available?
>4. Typically how many couch requests need to be sent before getting a positive reply (in HK)?
>5. Do i need to bring my own sleeping bag if it was not stated clearly in the host profiles whether blankets/sheets are provided?
>6. I read from many feedbacks that surfers would cook meals for hosts as a way of gratitude, so what happens if i can't cook?
>7. I only found a safety FAQ section on this website, are there any other FAQs?

Apart from CS i would like to raise several more questions about travelling in HK:

>8. what is the average price for HK guesthouse/hostels nowadays? (on CS HK wiki it says HKD 150~250, still that price?)
>9. do bookstores and music shops flock together in HK? (as in GuangZhou there is a road called BaiYun Rd. where many Chinese record lables are located there)
>10. is speaking Mandarin Chinese not welcomed here (especially after several protests against mainland Chinese)? if so i would stick to English then.
Sorry for my lengthy post (and probably at a wrong place).

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 4:34 pm from Kowloon West, China
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Posted January 10th, 2013 - 4:40 pm from Kowloon West, China
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Posted January 10th, 2013 - 10:54 pm by from Beijing, China (Permalink)
Thank you for all teh links, seems like the archived newbie introduction links to the same URL as the new one?
It apperas that this site is undergoing some messy changes recently. All pages under the wiki.couchsurfing.org domain is supposed to be disabled on 11 Jan (omg...), some of them already not working.
Thank you again for providing me these useful information.

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 3:30 am by from Kowloon West, China (Permalink)
Hello! Neil, I found your questions very interesting and I would like to share some of my thoughts over these. That being said, though I have surfed and hosted for some time, I still always find something new every time I met with hosts and surfers. Happy exploring your own amazing experiences about Couchsurfing.

1. Is it true that one is supposed to HOST several guest before being HOSTED (to SURF)?


Not really, most hosts decides whether to have you as their guests based on if you share common interests or if you seem like trustworthy. Or even you have some completely different ideas if the hosts are eager to meet persons from a new world. So you see the importance of having a complete profile through which you are well presented to others.

It does not matter at all if you have never hosted other people.


2. Is it the case that some couch providers like to be contacted using personal messages?

Most would like to be contacted though the Couch request bottom, some does not care using personal messages. It depends.


4. Typically how many couch requests need to be sent before getting a positive reply (in HK)?

It’s not the quantity of the requests , but the quality of it that counts. When write a request, you have to be sincere(show the host the reason you want to stay with them as most hosts resent freeloaders, they provide couch because they want to communicate with travelers and share ideas). Never copy and paste the same requests to different hosts. Well-tailored requests showing your research will more likely get you to a couch.

5. Do i need to bring my own sleeping bag if it was not stated clearly in the host profiles whether blankets/sheets are provided?

Bring a sleeping bag if it is not too much trouble, or ask the host.

6. I read from many feedbacks that surfers would cook meals for hosts as a way of gratitude, so what happens if i can't cook?

There are plenty of other ways to show gratitude


Apart from CS i would like to raise several more questions about travelling in HK:

10. is speaking Mandarin Chinese not welcomed here (especially after several protests against mainland Chinese)? if so i would stick to English then.

A mandarin speaker/mainlander myself, I used to have the same concern as yours fearing there’s unwelcomed sentiment. Probably my concern is still there to some extent, but just like Gus said, most Hong Kong people are very friendly, as long as you don't do things that are already prohibited: such like eating and drinking on the MTR, jumping a queue…

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 4:22 am from Hong Kong Island, China
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Posted January 15th, 2013 - 4:37 am by from Beijing, China (Permalink)
Thanks YEEMING for your elaboration on the notion of CS, a lot of points worth note-taking.
Hosting activities appears to me as a wonderful idea, probably i'll look into hosting activities in Beijing /Shanghai (where I study and live) afterwards.
I've also had a clearer picture reading your comments on the profile and 'referncing' issues, all help a lot.
Thank you again for the information.

Posted January 15th, 2013 - 4:42 am by from Beijing, China (Permalink)
Thank you ALICE ZHAO for a reply providing rich information and clear explanation. During these days of reading and searching i've formed a clearer image of what CS really is. Thank you. I'm leaving for HK this evening, and i just can't wait.