Jamie | J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Diary of a Fat Tour Guide
Tours by Locals | Hong Kong Hidden Gems, a total myth and why you should take this “term” with a pinch of salt.
Hong Kong has to be one of the most tourist friendly cities on the planet and that is a fact, there is so much to see and do and now we have a problem, the rise of the buzzword (phrase) Hidden Gems.
As a long time Private Tour Guide and with well over 2,000+ tours under my belt since 2011 I cringe whenever I hear this phrase because it causes no end of issues for Private Tour Guides because now everyone has a list of totally weird and bizarre things they want to do when they visit Hong Kong.
These phrases, hidden gems and secret spots are not new of course but have gained in popularity which mirrors the rise in apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat and the like and not forgetting You Tube and to be honest most people have zero interest in the hidden gem, they just want the image to post on these apps.
A common problem with obsessing over hidden gems is that you can easily spend 2 hours getting there, 2 hours back and 5 minutes taking a picture, Hong Kong is huge, about 426 sq. miles in area or over 1,100 sq. km and you would be amazed at how many hidden gems are out in the sticks!!
Let’s face most visitors to Hong Kong are here for only a day or two and need to maximise their time which is why you need a first rate Private Tour Guide who knows their way around Hong Kong and by the way hidden gems are a myth, since the rise of Google there is NO such thing as a secret spot, you can find anything on Google these days because that hidden gem has been visited and blogged about a thousand times already.
If you want to get a feel of some Hong Kong hidden gems go here to Atlas Obscura.
So what is my point you might ask……
Simply put, there are a lot of Tour Companies in Hong Kong who also obsess about hidden gems and secret spots and who think our most amazing and iconic places to visit are too touristy and too crowded and you can do them on your own or worse skip them altogether which makes me somewhat incredulous.
Have a look at my image below, this is the most amazing city view in the world, it is the view from my spot at the Peak, by Peak I mean Victoria Peak.
Amazingly unless you hire a top quality Private Tour Guide the chances are you will NOT see this view, you will end up on top of the Peak Tower having taken up the Peak Tram along with thousands of other people.. and you will get a nice view, that’s right, a nice view, to get the world class view you need to walk about 20 minutes through a jungle (well along a leafy road!) and even then, the people who do make it that far stop at the wrong place!
… and no my spot is not a secret spot by any means, I have been to it almost 7,000 times since 1972 and it never ceases to amaze me, no matter what the weather is like.
In addition Victoria Peak to me is Hong Kong, it’s historical importance since 1841 simply cannot be overstated and you need to know the history both historical and current and you need an expert to explain what you are seeing, an hour spent at the Peak with a real and passionate expert is worth much more than 50 hidden gems or secret spots.
oh… and the view of Hong Kong Island from either the Avenue of Stars, TST Promenade or the Ocean Terminal Deck is simply staggering as well, again, most people avoid these places because they are touristy and crowded and again a huge mistake.
…. at the end of the day forget about hidden gems and secret spots and hire a top notch Private Tour Guide in Hong Kong who will use their extensive knowledge to give an amazing and rewarding tour of Hong Kong.
… and do not get me started on “seeing Hong Kong like a local” I will cover that in another blog post and yes, like everyone else I have to use this phrase in my marketing!!
J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Tours by Locals | Hong Kong Hidden Gems Hong Kong
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