This is my Hong Kong | Go off the beaten track with Jamie and get the inside track on what Hong Kong is really like
Hello, I'm Jamie. 47 years living in Hong Kong, 25 years under British Rule, 22 years under Chinese Rule so I have a rather unique perspective on Hong Kong | Your expert, LOCAL, professional, Private Tour Guide since 2011
If you really want to know Hong Kong and I mean really know Hong Kong then book a premium private tour with Jamie today | when it comes to Hong Kong, NO topic is off the table no matter how difficult or sensitive the subject matter.
Award Winning Private Tours in amazing Hong Kong | Former British Colony from 1841 - 1997
….. and being English and a native English speaker we should have no communication issues!
A lot of people have forgotten that Hong Kong was a British Colony for 156 years from 1841 to 1997 and as such a lot of foreigners have made Hong Kong their home over the years and they are just as much a part of Hong Kong culture and just as local as any local born Chinese person, I have lived here under British rule for 25 years and I have lived here under Chinese rule for 22 years so I do have a pretty fair insight into Hong Kong culture and not forgetting that an awful lot of my wife's family are local Hong Kong Chinese and my wife is a local and her first language is Cantonese.
Book today with Jamie, your host, for your Premium 4 hour Cheung Chau Island Tour | Great Ferry ride!
4 hour tour | flexible start time | great sunset shots for an afternoon start | Premium Quality Tour of Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong
|Tour Fee US$||1 Person||2 People||3 People||4 People|
|3 Hours Day (mini - tour)||$300||$370||$440||$510|
|4 Hours Day (half day tour)||$370||$440||$510||$580|
|5 Hours Day||$440||$510||$580||$650|
|6 Hours Day||$510||$580||$650||$720|
|7 Hours Day||$580||$650||$720||$790|
|8 Hours Day (full day tour)||$650||$720||$790||$860|
|3 Hours Night (mini - tour)||$300||$370||$440||$510|
|4 Hours Night||$370||$440||$510||$580|
For more than 4 people add US$70 PER PERSON on top of the 4 person price, maximum of 8 people in the group
Kids 16 and under at the time of booking are FREE OF CHARGE
Most popular Tour | the 4 hour Private Tour of Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong.
cheung Chau Island Tour Hong Kong | 4 hour half day Cheung Chau Island Tour
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Amazing Cheung Chau Island
I am a huge fan of visiting Cheung Chau, my first visit there was in the spring 1972 and I have to say it never seems to change much no matter how many times I go there.
I always tell my guests that Cheung Chau is an ambling place, you simply amble around, the Island is not that big so there is no need to rush around, you have the time to explore and really get a feel for the place.
What makes Cheung Chau so different is the lack of tall buildings and the lack of cars | buses and such, the main mode of transport for the resident population is a bike but I get the impression that most people just walk. The permanent population is roughly 25,000+. Fishing was always the major money spinner historically along with smuggling and such (there are all sorts of stories about the Pirates of Cheung Chau!) these days fishing is banned in Hong Kong waters on a commercial basis so the Island relies on "tourists" to bolster the Island economy.
The majority of people visiting Cheung Chau are actually Hong Kong residents particularly on a weekend, the Island has long had a reputation for being a weekend retreat particularly for young folk who love to stay at the wonderfully named | Miami Resort | best if I keep my comments to myself, you just have to see the place.
The Island has a great beach, plenty of places to eat all manner of food, there are bars, there are plenty of shops selling weird Cheung Chau trinkets and some very interesting Temples but for me it has always been the slow pace of life that has fascinated me it is the total opposite to living in Hong Kong proper.
I do have a few gripes particularly when it comes to what I call the motorised lawnmowers that are incredibly noisy and race up and down the main promenade (but it is part of the character of the place), you have to see and hear them to understand my gripe.
I also love the ferry ride, where possible I try and take the slow ferry which has an outdoor deck where you can sit and watch the world go by, I just love it... so all in all a 4 hour premium private tour to Cheung Chau Island is a very pleasant way to spend half a day and see a part of Hong Kong that doesn't really fit.
Oh.. and did I mention that if you do not like Chinese street food, the Island does have a MacDonalds!
On my tours I cover most if not all of the following topics (not in any order) and neither do I 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
Raising a family in Hong Kong (I am married with 3 boys)
Why Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the World.
The rule of law and why Hong Kong still follows British Common Law
A brief history of Hong Kong (1841 - 2019)
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!
I naturally have some limitations and I like to be upfront about them.... I absolutely 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 cannot deconstruct for you the fine details of a perfect Wonton soup (and why would you do that anyway!), I am not a tree and plant expert but I can recognise a car from it’s profile or engine noise half a mile away and no, I cannot get you into the China Club, primarily because I am not a member, I am not an award winning journalist or professional (whatever that means) and I do not have a Board of Advisors but my best friends are the best private tour guides in Hong Kong and I am absolutely not in any shape or form an old stuffed shirt.
Imagine a Tour of Hong Kong with Jamie, a long term English resident who has 47 years of real life experience living in Hong Kong, raising 3 boys with his local wife and witnessing first hand the change from British Rule to Chinese Rule. It is 22 years since the handover and I give you the REAL Hong Kong with adult conversation and a genuine, balanced local perspective.
I do take last minute bookings for my day | night Private Tours of Hong Kong.
J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Cheung Chau Island 4 Hour Tour
J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Premium Private Tours
I have a lot of experience in doing Private Tours of Hong Kong for Seniors
J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Certificate of Excellence | 7 years in a row 2012 - 2018
Photographs | Photography
I do Photography Tours on the Streets of Hong Kong
If asked nicely (!) I can also do a Private Sunrise Tour of Victoria Peak
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.
I am a bit of a photographer with specialist local knowledge of Hong Kong