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 for your Premium Private Small Group Tour of Hong Kong | an intense, unmatched local experience.
The Hong Kong version of a "Small Group Tour" | 20+ people on a 2.5 hour scripted tour.
Another "Small Group Tour" in Hong Kong with a flag waving guide working from a memorised script.
|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 8 hour full day Private Small Group Tour of Hong Kong.
Private Small Group Tour Hong Kong | Hong Kong Private Small Group Tour
Please note I only offer PRIVATE GROUP TOURS, I do NOT offer public group tours where anyone can join the tour.
I do an awful lot of Private Small Group Tours of Hong Kong, by small 2 - 6 people. I can and have done larger groups of 14 | 15 | 16 people but I will need to confirm a price and availability.
The diversity of the make up of the | small groups of 2 - 6 people | is quite amazing....
Married Couples travelling with friends
Partners and Families
Mums and daughters | Mums and sons
Dads and daughters | Dads and sons
Groups of Friends
Half a Sporting Team (!)
Shore Excursions of a Cruise ship | 3 married couples
Sisters travelling with friends from college
Brothers travelling with friends from college
.... and a wide range of ages from 15 to 89
Generally small groups of people when coming to Hong Kong have traditionally booked a tour on a coach with 20 other people (or more) and you do a standard itinerary which literally has not changed on Hong Kong Island for about 55 years! and yes, they take you to a jewellery factory outlet under the guise of seeing how jewellery is made but the reality is 30 minutes of hard sell in a locked showroom... and yes, they also work to a memorised script and often the level of English is quite poor, I have done these tours in the interests of research and I am merely pointing out the facts.
Other small groups such as the younger generation will join Free Walking Tours which have become popular Worldwide in the past few years, again I think there are issues, the organisers | guides say the tour is free but it isn't, there is a suggested tip which you basically have to pay, they try and up sell paid tours on the free tour, the tour is typically 2 1/2 hours long, it is a memorised script, they guides uses a microphone and there is almost no chance of engaging one on one with the guide as time is a real issue, again, I have done these tours in the interests of research and I am merely pointing out the facts.
Generally Coach Tour Guides and Free Tour Guides wear headsets, use microphones, use Ipads, carry flags and blow whistles and often they make you wear a badge or sticker so they can remember who you are and so as they don't lose you! All in all it is not a very satisfactory experience.
..but there is another option | book a premium, private small group tour with Jamie and I promise you an intense and unmatched local experience.
Typically Small Groups end up doing a Coach Tour or a Free Walking Tour with a flag waving whistle blowing "local" tour guide | This is NOT me!
This is me, I handle Small Private Group Tours | Generally 6 is the maximum number of guests | Larger Groups - I will have to confirm.
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 including a balanced and dispassionate view of the June 2019 Extradition Bill Protests involving millions of protesters
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.
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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