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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

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….. 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.

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Book today with Jamie, for your Private Photography Tour of Amazing Hong Kong


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… and I shoot in all weather conditions, even a Hong Kong hazy day in winter offers up some great shots

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

Click this image to book my tours directly on Tours by Locals | the pricing is the same as my website.

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Most popular Tour | the 8 hour Private Photography Tour of Hong Kong.


Private Tour Guide Hong Kong | Hong Kong Private Tour Guide | Private Photography Tour of Hong Kong | street Photography Tour of Hong Kong

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My awesome camera, Sony RX 1r Mark 2 with a 42.4 mp sensor and Carl Zeiss full frame lens

Here is the best tip I can give you | if you have a big expensive camera and a couple of lenses, bring them with you to Hong Kong, it really is worth the effort

Over the years I have helped many Professional Photographers get the best out of their trip to Hong Kong but perhaps not in the way you think….. I want to make this quite clear, I am NOT a Professional Photographer and make no claims in that respect. I am strictly an enthusiastic amateur with a great camera and a good eye and I have a passion for photographing cars which is not a popular subject matter.

My father was the same and he got me into photography as a young child in Hong Kong and he gifted me a Hasselblad Film Camera which really got me interested in photography but my interest fluctuated and I did not really start taking it seriously until I became a Private Tour Guide in 2011 and it wasn’t until I got my first Sony Full Frame Digital Camera in 2014 that I went wow! and I was hooked - you can see my images on Flickr here.

I am somewhat prolific as a photographer but please note that I know virtually NOTHING about the mechanics of taking a photograph, my fabulous camera is set on AUTO mode and that never changes, if you are looking for someone to teach you how to take a photograph then you have come to the wrong place.

I have one camera and one camera only (shown towards the bottom of the page) and by my own admission I am a bit of a whizz at getting the best out this camera, the Sony RX 1r Mark 2 | it is not a cheap camera, with a few accessories it lists for roughly US$4,000 in Hong Kong but it is a great street camera and is awesome at taking images of cars travelling at high speed.

My Private Photography Tour of Hong Kong has 3 options

  • you give me a list of places in Hong Kong you would like to visit to take photographs and I will guide you there

  • you let me pick and choose suitable places to visit and photograph

  • or a combination of both

I am also more than happy to lug your camera equipment around and act as an assistant, I want you to get the best out of your Private Photography Tour | oh, and I do day tours, night tours and a combination of both.

It makes no difference to me what level of expertise you have or whether you use a Nikon D5 or a phone camera, I am happy to help | assist in anyway photography wise whether you are a Professional Photographer or you have just bought your first digital camera, just don’t ask me any technical questions or how to take a panoramic image on an IPhone!

Pricing is no different to any of my other tours and the price list is above or simply go to the price page which is listed on the menu at the top of the page.

I hope that by viewing my 100,000 + images on FLICKR you will see just how diverse Hong Kong is, frankly it is a photographers dream location and after living for 47 years in Hong Kong I am great location scout!

Photography and working with images runs in my family by the way, our 3 boys all work in the imaging field and are all photographers as well and they all have some degree of fame!, all 3 of our son’s were born and raised in Hong Kong, our oldest lives in London and the other 2 live in Hong Kong.

Jordan our oldest son does incredible work with colourising images, he owns the company Dynamichrome

Jacob our middle son works in an Advertising Agency owned by a publicly listed Hong Kong Restaurant Group as a Creative Executive

Jack our youngest son is interning and doing creative | digital work and has his own website showcasing his photography talent

Finally, if you are looking for someone to teach how to get the best out of your camera | camera phone in Hong Kong I am more than happy to introduce a great friend of mine who has an amazing knowledge of camera’s and camera techniques.

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No matter what “camera” you use to take pictures, I am happy to help in anyway I can

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Knowing where the great spots are is half the battle when it comes to photography…..


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My comprehensive price list and my up to date calendar showing my availability can be accessed on the menu link of this website

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

  • Current affairs

  • 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.


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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.

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I do take last minute bookings for my day | night Private Tours of Hong Kong.

The essential Hong Kong custom walk along Lugard Road to my spot at Victoria Peak

The truly amazing view from my spot at Victoria Peak, Hong Kong | this is one of the most requested places to visit on my Private Photography Tour of Hong Kong - it is true that there are quite a few private guides in Hong Kong who refuse to take their guests to the Peak on the basis that it is touristy and they will tell you to do it on your own!... the Peak Tram Terminus / The Peak Tower fit that description "touristy" but my place is a gentle walk away from the crowds and you need a great private guide to explain what you are seeing, you simply cannot ignore the tremendous influence the Peak has had historically on Hong Kong and how it will continue to influence Hong Kong now and into the future.

The view you see from my spot is a 180 degree view, the view from the Peak Tower is a fraction of what you see in this image, it should be the number one priority of all visitors to see Hong Kong from this spot, it is simply mesmerising and I am lucky enough to be up there most days.

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… and I go far and wide to get the shot… the Tai O Fishing Village is about as far away from down town as you can get in Hong Kong

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Having lived in Hong Kong for 47 years I know some great places for those images YOU want to capture


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J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Certificate of Excellence | 8 years in a row 2012 - 2019

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Photographs | 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.

 
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I am a bit of a photographer with specialist local knowledge of Hong Kong