Hello, I'm Jamie. 46 years living in Hong Kong - How local do you want to get?
Award Winning Private Tours in amazing Hong Kong, former British Colony from 1841 - 1997
Me, Jamie - your local host, Cultural Tourism at it's best..
Yes, I'm English - if you book a tour you will get me!
I am not a foodie, nor do I do specific food tours but boy, do I know my food and I am always happy to fit in a snack / meal at your request.
Jamie - 46 years here and absolutely passionate about Hong Kong
Jamie, a Yorkshireman offering unique, immersive private walking tours of Hong Kong
My working background in Hong Kong was as a Business Consultant (with a specialisation in Sales / Marketing) since I was 16 years old ie from 1977 to 2011 - being a Private Tour Guide has been my full time occupation since 2011, I do not do anything else...and I am a pretty decent and very experienced Private Tour Guide who will save you an awful lot of time when you visit Hong Kong.
On my tours I cover the following topics (not in any order) and I do not work to a prepared script, you can ask me anything at all, I love a GREAT conversation, what better way to learn about this fabulous city, Hong Kong.
- Current affairs
- Raising a family in Hong Kong (I am married with 3 boys)
- A brief history of Hong Kong (1841 - 2018)
- The Opium Wars and I will be brief
- WW2 & The Japanese Occupation
- Languages and why English and Cantonese are still vitally important in Hong Kong
- Lucky numbers / gambling / superstitions and how they affect society and how they impact on business
- Education and why we have two school systems and why does the Government seemingly embrace academic mediocrity? whilst ignoring vocational training programmes for those who do not go to University
- Politics (and I will be very brief!) and why talk of independence can ruin your life
- Religion and trust me it is not at all what you would expect, it is such a fascinating subject here
- The current housing crisis and the crazy property bubble and why Hong Kong Government policies (or lack of them) just make it worse.
- Architecture and our amazing skylines and they really are quite stunning
- Wealth & poverty - currently the biggest gap in the world and yet we have a very stable society (for the most part)
- Homeless people and why our homeless figure is so, so low
- Day to day life in the most vibrant, exciting city in the world....
- The REAL reason you will never see a foreigner in 99.5% of "local" Chinese Restaurants... and it might just surprise you!
- Finally - I do not mince words, I tell you what it is really like in Hong Kong and why you should not believe everything you read in the press!
- oh..... and many members of my wife's family are Hong Kong Chinese, my wife's family arrived in Hong Kong in 1948!!
I naturally have some limitations and I like to be upfront about them.... I do not look like George Clooney but have been called “fat George Clooney” by the wife, I am terrible at speaking Cantonese and no, I do not have a posh English accent, I amble rather than walking like a kitted out 25 year old trail runner in spandex, I am not a foodie in any shape or form but having eaten in well over a thousand Chinese restaurants means I have an opinion, I am not a tree and plant expert but I can recognise a car from it’s profile half a mile away and no, I cannot get you into the China Club, primarily because I am not a member and I am absolutely not in any shape or form an old stuffed shirt.
On the other hand it you are looking for a premium quality private tour of Hong Kong with an easygoing English chap with a great sense of humour who has lived here for 46 years then contact me today.
I have lived in Hong Kong since very early January 1972 so I grew up in Hong Kong and I am a very experienced professional, private tour guide, a family guy and your best friend in Hong Kong! - I offer time saving premium quality private tours of Hong Kong - the tour is part walking / part public transport, giving you a real insight into one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Hong Kong - the hype and the buzz words
If you are looking for a private tour in Hong Kong you will think a lot of all the words and phrases that are used to attract your attention... many of them are listed below and one of the most popular phrases is hidden gems...
" Hidden gems is an idiom which means something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about"
I am not a fan of the phrase at all but how else are you supposed to describe a hidden gem? (a lucky find perhaps).... anyway......
Hidden gems, bespoke tours, private tours, old Hong Kong, Chinatown, Old Town Central, travel like a local, eat like a local, real Hong Kong, how local do you want to get, real Hong Konger, genuine local, must see sights, how the locals live, hidden back alleys, the real Hong Kong that tourists never see, only locals in the restaurant, off the beaten track, raw Cantonese street culture, East meets West, free tours, touristy, local and authentic, as only a true local can................. and the list goes on.
This is really all you need to know - I have lived in Hong Kong for 46 years under British Rule and Chinese Rule and I am fully immersed in the culture, I am East meets West (pretty snappy right!)
I am a bit of a photographer with extensive local knowledge
Important : selecting the right tour length (number of hours)
I do tours from between 3 to 12 hours and it is my job to maximise what you see no matter how many hours you have booked.
In Tour Guide language:-
a half day tour is 4 hours
a full day tour is 8 hours
Hong Kong has an area of roughly 426 sq miles (1,100 sq km) as such attractions are widely spaced apart and this has to be taken into account when considering the length of a tour.
It is simply not realistic to expect to do Hong Kong’s Top 10 attractions in 4 hours! (You would need a minimum of 3 days to do them all!) and this is where I come in - having lived in Hong Kong for 46 years and having done 50,000 + journeys on our subway system and 40,000+ journeys on buses so I am an expert on timing and the most effective use of our public transport system. - my aim is simply to show you the best that Hong Kong has to offer.
In addition I have done well over 2,000 tours which means I have a pretty fair idea of how to maximise what you see within the time frame of a tour and the longer the tour the more you will see, over 30% of my tours are 8 hours in length.
No matter what tour length you decide on, whether it be 4 hours or 10 hours, I will show you the the very best of this vibrant city.
3 Key facts about Jamie
I am the most experienced and most highly rated Private Tour Guide in Hong Kong, I am just one person, most other companies have between 3 - 12 guides, Jamie is a real trailblazer and one of the pioneers in the field of immersive, private, premium Hong Kong Tours since 2011
Excellence in touring, that's right - unique, immersive, bespoke, premium private tours personalised to your specifications - oh, and all tours are done by me personally!
Arriving in very early January 1972 so I grew up here - I went to school in Hong Kong as a kid (ESF Schools, Glenealy and Island School) and have spent over 46 years living here, I am married with 3 boys aged 18, 25 and 34, my wife and kids were all born in Hong Kong.
My boys went to the following ESF Schools - Shatin Junior School, Shatin College, Kowloon Junior School, Beacon Hill School and KGV! and I went to Glenealy Junior School and Island School.
12 Key Facts about my Tours
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Specialising in Premium Private Tours for people of all ages
My Private Tours are perfect for:-
- Business People - fit in a tour between meetings!
- Families with kids (of any age!) - I specialise in fun tours for families with kids, kids 16 and under at the time of booking are FREE OF CHARGE
- Small groups of 2 to 6 people
- Solo travellers - over 290 tours done with single ladies
- Airport layover / transit passengers with HK International Airport pickup by me and NO surcharge for this service
- Cruise Ship passengers with Cruise Terminal pick up by me and NO surcharge for this service
- For larger group tours (more than 6 people) please contact me for confirmation
- For visitors of the Jewish faith - Hong Kong has a rich Jewish heritage and a wonderful Synagogue and my tours can be adapted to include Jewish culture.
- I also do ORIENTATION PROGRAMMES for families etc who have recently arrived in Hong Kong to live
- Corporate Team Building
I have a lot of experience in doing tours for Seniors
My Private Tours are a combination of walking / using public transport with emphasis on using the MTR (Subway System) which is NOT subject to road traffic conditions - this is by far the best way to see Hong Kong and the most optimal use of your time. I am very sensitive to peoples physical condition and naturally I adapt accordingly no matter what the season.
I am available to do tours 7 days a week including holidays, all year round, you can book your unique private tour of Hong Kong up to 18 months in advance with NO deposit required.
Oh, and my tours are fun!
- 40% of my tours are with guests under 45
- 11% of my tours are with families with kids under 16
Please note when you book a tour with me, you will get me, I do not employ any other guides. I have done well over 2,000 private tours of Hong Kong in the past 7 years
Easy Booking Procedure
That's right no deposit required
I do take last minute bookings!
Me Jamie, I am your local host when you book a tour with J3 Private Tours Hong Kong - Shirt by Lands End, USA
Awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
for 7 years in a row from 2012 - 2018
Hong Kong has fabulous views that take your breath away
Hong Kong is great to explore at night....
Hong Kong is awesome for people watching
Hong Kong has so much in the way of Culture to see
... and did I mention the views in Hong Kong?
Jamie - a real trailblazer and one of the pioneers in the field of Hong Kong Private Tours.
I offer:- Premium Private Walking Tours, Private Sightseeing Tours, Private City Tours, Private Cultural Tours and Private Night Tours of Hong Kong plus Orientation Programmes for recent arrivals to Hong Kong.
I am a very experienced, trustworthy & personable guide, my unique private tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own, or for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.
Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong: they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer, with a crash course in our wonderful public transport system, before they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and personal recommendations from me.
I do tours of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories and our inhabited outlying islands such as Cheung Chau Island and Lantau Island.
Finally, here are some phrases I read recently from other companies offering tours:-
- "There’s a world of difference between learning about the city from a university educated professional and hearing about it from a tourist guide."
- "Why we call our guides docents"
- "Walks by professionals, not tour guides"
For the record, I am NOT university educated, I am not a docent, I am not a typical host nor am I a traditional tour guide working from a script as such - I am just a regular guy who is proud to be a professional, private tour guide and I do believe that my over 46 years of living in and exploring Hong Kong + 32 years as a business consultant and raising a family here actually means so much more than a formal university education when it comes to showing visitors around this amazing city that I call home. I am a story teller.
The Pak Tai Temple in Wanchai - amazing
The most amazing city view in the World - the Peak night view
This thing I have about Cars and Car Number Plates
I have never driven a car in my life, Hong Kong has simply the best public transport system in the world so why bother... it is also expensive, so I took the decision long ago to stick to the trains and buses.
Hong Kong has it's fair share of wealthy people and car nuts so there is no shortage of fabulous cars in Hong Kong and I admit I am a bit of a fanatic and like nothing better than to go car spotting, some of the best cars can be seen at the luxury hotels we have here, the best ones include the Four Seasons Hotel, the Peninsula Hotel and the Intercontinental Hotel.
Hong Konger's also like to have custom number plates on their cars and given the obsession we have here for lucky numbers there are some fine examples of plates with the combination of 6, 8's and 9's plus those vanity plates, some of which make no sense at all!
Hong Kong is quite compact so seeing nice cars is easy and I have a really nice camera now so the quality of my images is improving every day..
I love cars, me!
Photographs and Photography
Photographs / Images appearing on this website and on my Flickr Site should be used solely as an indication of attractions. Actual attractions may vary according to the itinerary as well as the tour we do.
I reserve the right to photograph any event and participants, as well as use any images taken for promotion and/or commercial purposes without further recourse or compensation.
I do like to take photographs and will keep this to a minimum and I am always happy to take quality images of you and send them to you.
...and yes that Jade Bracelet really is HK$15,050,000 or US$1.95 Million!
I absolutely do NOT and will NOT take a commission from any type of establishment.
You read correctly. Any special mention of a retail outlet is not for my commercial gain and my comments are my own based on shopping in Hong Kong for over 46 years. I recommend them because I have received excellent service, the product I want and a good price, and I believe they rate a special mention, you can make up your mind if you choose to visit them whilst in Hong Kong.
J3 Private Tours HK
Cultural Tourism at it's best
Award Winning Private Tours in amazing Hong Kong
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Jamie: A pioneer of Private Tours in Hong Kong since 2011
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