FAQ

FAQ

How much walking is involved in a walking tour?

All of our tours are walking tours and by their nature involve quite a lot of walking! Even when we are using the public transport system there is still a fair bit of walking involved. We do schedule in rest breaks and toilet stops but you should be prepared to spend the majority of the duration of your tour either walking or standing. You should also be aware that Hong Kong is a hilly city and there will be a fair bit of up and down either via steps or steep slopes. If you have health or mobility issues you should book a private tour so that we can plan a route and itinerary for you which is appropriate for your needs. All of our Hong Kong tours are designed for enjoyment and we do go at a leisurely pace, (believe us we don’t want to be rushing around any more then you do), so as long as you are in reasonable health you shouldn’t have any problems with the amount of walking involved.

Are your tours wheelchair / pushchair friendly?

Unfortunately our Hong Kong tours are not wheelchair friendly. This is because the routes we take involve going up and down some steep slopes, using stairs and riding on the local tram which is not wheelchair accessible. If you are in a wheelchair please consider taking a private tour with us and we will design a route for you that is wheelchair friendly.

Do you cater for children?

All of our tours, with the exception of the Hong Kong Rooftop Bar Tour and Hong Kong Tram Party, are child friendly and the kids that have been out with us have always enjoyed themselves. That said the routes are not pushchair / pram friendly so if you are bringing children with you they do need to be old enough to walk and to be in a group environment for the duration of the walking tour. We have lower priced tickets available for children (under 15 years) on most tours.

What languages are your tours in?

All of our Hong Kong tours are conducted in English. We are not able to offer any more languages at the moment

How long do your tours last?

Our Hong Kong tours last between 6 and 6 hours. Please refer to the information on each tours specific page to find out the duration of the tour that you are interested in.

Do you take your guests to jewellery stores, factory outlets and other shops?

Having been on tours ourselves where we have been taken to all manner of shops where there has been an eagerly waiting sales assistant ready to try and pressurize us into buying something which we do not need or want we can understand the concern around this. We do not visit any such shops on any of our Hong Kong tours. Furthermore the bars and restaurants which we use have been selected solely because we think they are the best that Hong Kong has to offer and not for any other reason. We do not take commissions or kickbacks from any of them. If you do want to do some shopping we are happy to make recommendations for you however you will have to wait until the end of the tour to do your shopping, as there will not be time to do it on route.

what’s included in the price of the tour?

The costs of any transport (MTR / tram’s / taxi’s / boats and ferries etc) used during the tour are not included in the fee schedule and are payable by yourself – these costs are minimal. The costs of drinks / snacks / meals / souvenirs etc are similarly not included. If you want to stop off at a convenience store and buy yourself a drink or snack then this is of course at your own expense. If you are on the bar tour and want a second drink in any of the bars then this is also at your own expense.

I have dietary restrictions, can I still join the food tour?

If you have dietary restrictions the best thing to do is to send us an email letting us know what you can not eat and we will advise you on how much of the food we try contains ingredients that you can not eat. If its only a little bit we will advise you to come on the Hong Kong food tour and we will let you know what to avoid. If you will be heavily affected we will advise you not to take this food tour, or to come with us free of charge if the rest of your family / friends are joining us. If you choose the second option you will most likely get food envy though!

If I book a private tour can you take me to big attractions like Disney Land?

We do not take people to places like Disney Land or Ocean Park because we would not be able to add any value to your day. To put it simply you would be wasting your money if you hired us to take you to a theme park. Instead we focus on introducing you to the real Hong Kong, by taking you down back streets and alleyways which you wouldn’t normally go down yourself, by explaining the culture, the history and the way of life to you. All of these big attractions are easy to get to, your hotel will be able explain to you how to get there on public transport which is very efficient and straight forward to use. If you don’t fancy public transport you can take a taxi, which are very cheap in Hong Kong.

I normally take a Big Bus Tour in all of the cities I visit and I think they are great, why would I take a Hello Hong Kong tour?

We also like a Big Bus tour and think that they give you a good feel of the geography and lay out of the city and ensure that you ‘see’ all of the main points of interest in a day. Hop on hop off also gives you a great way of traveling between points of interest without having to worry about getting lost on public transport! What the Big Bus tour will not do however is show you the ‘real’ Hong Kong. It will not take you to meet local business owners or to discover hidden parks down alleyways. It will not explain the culture of Hong Kong to you, or point out hole-in-the-wall restaurants that surprisingly have Michelin stars! If you like Big Bus tours then take one in Hong Kong (we have and we enjoyed it) but take a tour with us as well and let us introduce you to a few places that the Big Bus tour will not.

Do you do tours in Macau or Mainland China?

We do not currently do tours to either Macau or Mainland China, these locations are not our area of expertise and you could find somebody who is much more knowledgeable then we are.

I actually live in Hong Kong, can I take one of your tours?

Of course! We get countless guests joining us who live in Hong Kong. Many people take one or two of our tours as a way to get acquainted to Hong Kong when they have recently moved here. We also find that our Hong Kong Historical Tour gets a fair few people who have been in Hong Kong for about a year, most have got to know their way around Hong Kong pretty well and know all of the bars, restaurants and beaches but haven’t necessarily had the opportunity to learn about the story of Hong Kong and how the country came to be as it is.

Deciding which tour

All of your tours sound interesting so I am not sure which one to take. If I take more then one will I get the same information on each?

No, all of our Hong Kong tours have different content so you do not have to worry about hearing the same information twice. We do cover a few basic facts about Hong Kong on each tour but the vast majority of the content is different. In fact we recommend taking more then one Hong Kong tour to give you a real insight into Hong Kong.

Booking your tour

How do I book a Hello Hong Kong tour?

Please send us an email detailing the date(s) which you would like to take your tour and we will come back to you with our availability.

I don’t have a PayPal account, can I still book online?

Yes you can. We use PayPal to give our guests a secure why to pay online but you do not need a PayPal account to pay.

what happens once I have booked a tour?

Once you have booked a Hello Hong Kong tour you will receive an email confirming all of the details of your tour. This will include a reminder on what to wear and details, including a map, of the meeting point. It will also include our contact details should you have any issues on the day.

Going on your tour

What should I wear?

On all tours you should wear comfortable flat shoes. In the winter months when it is cool we recommend that you wear layers so that you can take one off if you start to heat up whilst walking. In the summer months it is very humid so wear light-weight clothes. If you are joining the Victoria Peak Hike we recommend that you wear sports clothes (leggings or shorts) or loose fitting trousers. We do not recommend doing the walk in jeans at any time of year. Trainers are a must for the Peak Hike. If you are joining the Hong Kong Rooftop Bar tour then you must wear smart casual clothes. This means no flip-flops and no shorts for guys. Girls be aware that there is still a lot of walking in this tour so don’t wear high heals unless you feel confident that you can walk a couple of miles in them! If you are joining the Hong Kong Tram Party we recommend that you wear flat shoes as the tram does start and stop a lot and we don’t want you falling over! Girls you may want to pack a pair of heals for the after party in Lan Kwai Fong. The tram is open top and it can get a little cold in winter so bring a jacket or jumper.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

The main thing you need to bring is yourself in a good pair of comfortable shoes! We recommend that you bring some cash in case you want to stop off and buy a drink from a convenience store, and your camera to take pictures. If it looks like it might rain bring an umbrella, your hotel should be able to lend you one, if not we can show you where to buy one cheaply.

Do I take pictures on the tour?

We actively encourage picture taking on Hello Hong Kong tours, we want you to go home with as many memories as possible. We are always happy to take pictures of you for you.

What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my tour?

Come rain or sunshine our walking tours continue and we always have a great day no matter what the weather. However if there is a Typhoon or extreme rain then we follow the advice issued by the Hong Kong weather observatory. This means that we cancel all tours if at one hour before the start of the tour there is a Typhoon level 8 signal up or there is Red or Black rainstorm warning in effect. In such cases we will reschedule your tour or offer a full refund. All tours will still run at Typhoon levels 1 and 3 and under Amber rainstorm warnings. For up to date information on Hong Kong weather you can check the Hong Kong Observatory website.

Is it safe to walk around Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is an extremely safe country. Carrying an expensive camera or wearing an expensive watch / jewelry will not increase your chances of getting robbed. Even if you are walking around at night time on your own! The only nuisance to be aware of is pick pockets on crowed trains and is busy markets. I have never been pick pocketed in Hong Kong and I do not know anyone who has but I do know that it does happen so be aware.

Does the tour end at the same place as it starts?

If you have a booked a Private Tour we will come and pick you up at your hotel and drop you off there at the end of the tour. If you have booked onto a Small Group Tour it will not start and end in the same place. Once the tour has finished we can give you directions back to your hotel or to any other location that you would like to go to. We recommend always carrying a few cards with your hotel name and address on as this will make it easier to take a taxi. Once you have booked your tour we will email you directions to the meeting point.

Do I need to tip the tour guide?

If you have enjoyed the Hello Hong Kong tour and think that the guide has provided a good service it is common practice in Hong Kong to tip. The standard tipping is 10 – 15%. Whilst our guides greatly appreciate gratuities they will NEVER ask for them.

Contact

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact us is via email at laura@hellohongkong.com.hk We respond to all emails within 24 hours at the most. You can also phone us on (852) 970 44108 but be aware that we do not answer the phone if we are out on tour so we suggest that you email us in the first instance.

Disclaimer

By participating in a Hello Hong Kong or Dove Tales tour or activity all individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, spectators, or others (herein referred to as ‘Participants’) understand, acknowledge, represent, warrant and agree as follows:

1. Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove tales Limited does not provide liability insurance for the protection of Participants who participate in Hello Hong Kong or Dove Tales tours and activities.

Participant’s participation in the Hong Kong tours is at participant’s own sole risk. Participant, on behalf of his/herself and/or any person or entity acting through or on behalf of participant, by purchasing a ticket and / or participating in a Hong Kong tour or activity forever and unconditionally releases the company, and any affiliated entities, parent companies, subsidiaries, present and former employees, owners, officers, members, managers, partners, contractors, insurers, shareholders and directors of the foregoing limitation (collectively, “released parties”), from any and all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses in any way arising out of, or resulting from, Participant’s participation in the Hong Kong tours or activities, including, without limitation, any and all claims, actions, and liabilities for death, injury, loss or damage to Participant, to any one else, or to any property, regardless of whether or not such injury, loss or damage was caused by the negligence or willful conduct of the company or any of the released parties. Participant, on behalf of his/herself and/or any person or entity acting through or on behalf of participant, further agrees to defend and indemnify the released parties, and to hold the released parties harmless, from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, expenses (including, without limitation, attorney’s fees) and losses of any kind or nature whatsoever in any way arising out of, or resulting from, Participant’s participation in the tours or activities.

This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability and the consequences thereof, as well as those disclosed and known to exist. The provisions of any state, federal, local or territorial law or state providing substance that releases shall not extend to claims, demands, injuries, or damages which are known or unsuspected to exist at this time, to the person executing such release, are expressly waived.

2. Health, Medical Conditions and Personal Accident Insurance

By purchasing tickets for and/or participating in a Hello Hong Kong or Dove Tales tour or activity the Participant fully comprehends and accepts all of the risks associated with his/her participation in the Hong Kong tours/ activities including, without limitation, exposure to unfavorable weather conditions, food sickness, injuries (e.g., without limitation, those arising out of self-inflicted accidents or mishaps, other participants, automobiles, pedestrians and the like) and death.

By purchasing tickets for and/or participating in a Hello Hong Kong or Dove Tales tour or activity you acknowledge and represent that the Participant is in good health and suffers from no minor or serious physical or mental injury, illness or disability that would make Participant especially susceptible to injury or disability while participating in a Hello Hong Kong tour or activity.

Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales Limited advises all Participants to take out their own Personal Accident and Liability Insurance. Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales do not provide liability insurance for the protection of Participants who may participate in tours and activities.

3. Behavior Policy

For the benefit of all Participants on all Hello Hong Kong and Dove Tales tours and activities Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales Limited reserves the right to remove any Participant whose behaviour is deemed to pose a risk or nuisance to other Participants or members of the public. Participants who are removed from a Hong Kong tour or activity for this purpose will not receive a refund and no costs or expenses incurred will be covered.

4. Photography and Filming Policy

Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales Limited reserves the right to take photographs and film footage of Participants on Hong Kong tours and activities and to use the material in any way it deems appropriate including but not limited to featuring it on the company website and on promotional materials.

5. Use of Tour Content and Material Policy

Notes, photographs, images and other materials supplied to Participants who take part in a Hello Hong Kong or Dove Tales tour and / or activity in hard-copy, electronic format or any other format, are the personal copyright of Hello Hong Kong Limited, and are not to be reproduced in whole or in part, or distributed to any Third Party in any form whatsoever, without the express written permission of the Hello Hong Kong.

6. Cancelation Policy For Tours

a) Cancellation by Participant

If for whatever reason you want to cancel your booked tour or activity then please note the following. Please email your notice to cancel and we will confirm a cancellation by email.

50% of the fee is payable if a tour or activity is cancelled 2 -5 days before the tour.

Less then 24 hours before the day of the tour or activity – 100% of the tour or activity cost is payable.

If you do not turn up for the tour or activity – 100% of the tour/ activity cost is payable.

We am able to provide a safe and secure method of payment by bank deposit or credit card / Paypal for cancellation fees.

If a Participant chooses to leave a tour or activity part way through the Hello Hong Kong tour / activity or to cut short a private tour for any reason no refund or transfer will be offered.

b) Cancellation by Hello Hong Kong Limited or Dove Tales Limited

Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales Limited will cancel all tours and activities if warnings for any of the following weather conditions are in effect one hour before the scheduled start of the tour:

Typhoon level 8 and above

Red Rainstorm

Black Rainstorm

In such cases Participants will be notified by email using the email address that was provided at the point of ticket purchase. Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales Limited accept no responsibility if an inaccurate or incorrect email address is provided and will not be liable to cover any costs incurred for an unnecessary journey to the tour meeting point in any circumstances including failure to reach the Participants with the cancellation message including at the fault of Hello Hong Kong Limited and its staff.

If tours and activities are cancelled due to bad weather Participants will be given the choice of a full refund or transfer to another date that has availability.

If tours and activities are cancelled by Hello Hong Kong Limited or Dove Tales Limited for any other reason Participants will be offered a choice of a full refund or transfer to another date with open availability.

7. Boat Charters

Hello Hong Kong Boat Charters are currently only available to residents of Hong Kong. Hello Hong Kong Limited opperates as a booking agent between the customer and the boat owner. In participating in a boat charter you are confirming that you are a resident of Hong Kong and that you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the charter. Hello Hong Kong and its employees, owners and shareholders do not take any responsibility for the charter itself. In booking and participating a charter which has been booked via Hello Hong Kong Limited you are forever and unconditionally releasing Hello Hong Kong and its present and former employees, owners, officers, members, managers, partners, contractors, insurers, shareholders and directors of the foregoing limitation (collectively, “released parties”), from any and all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses in any way arising out of, or resulting from, Participant’s participation in the charter, including, without limitation, any and all claims, actions, and liabilities for death, injury, loss or damage to Participant, to any one else, or to any property, regardless of whether or not such injury, loss or damage was caused by the negligence or willful conduct of the company who is opperating the charter. Participant, on behalf of his/herself and/or any person or entity acting through or on behalf of participant, further agrees to defend and indemnify the released parties, and to hold the released parties harmless, from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, expenses (including, without limitation, attorney’s fees) and losses of any kind or nature whatsoever in any way arising out of, or resulting from, Participant’s participation in the charter.

Customers will be given contact details for the company / person opperating the charter upon booking. Any issues on the day, such as the customer is running late must be communicated to the crew opperating the charter directly by phone and not to Hello Hong Kong Limited whos sole purpose is to act as booking agent.

8. Shenzhen Shopping Tours

Shenzhen Shopping Tours are not operated by Hello Hong Kong, hello Hong Kong acts as a booking agent for the ladies who run the shopping tours. Shopping tours are not covered by Hello Hong Kong’s Group Personal Accident insurance. Although it is very rare, there is always the chance that customs at the Chinese/Hong Kong borders might decide to do a spot-check on the contents of bags being taken over the border. Please be advised that Kim Collett and the booking agent Hello Hong Kong cannot be held responsible for any action taken by customs officers and cannot offer compensation in the unlikely event that items might be confiscated at this time.

9. Website Policy

Hello Hong Kong Limited does not warrant that the servers that make this website available will be error, virus or bug free and you accept that it is your responsibility to make adequate provision for protection against such threats. We recommend scanning any files before downloading.

Nothing on this website should be taken to constitute professional advice or a formal recommendation and we exclude all representations and warranties relating to the content and use of this site.

In no event will Hello Hong Kong Limited or Dove Tales Limited be liable for any incidental, indirect, consequential or special damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, those resulting from loss of profit, loss of contracts, goodwill, data, information, income, anticipated savings or business relationships, whether or not advised of the possibility of such damage, arising out of or in connection with the use of this website or any linked websites.

Material on this website, including text and images, is protected by copyright law and is copyright to Hello Hong Kong Limited unless credited otherwise. It may not be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, broadcast or transmitted in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use.

Prior written consent of the copyright holder must be obtained for any other use of material.

No part of this site may be distributed or copied for any commercial purpose or financial gain.

All intellectual property rights in relation to this website are reserved and owned by Hello Hong Kong Limited.

Links to other websites are provided for the convenience of users. We are unable to provide any warranty regarding the accuracy or completeness of the content of such sites, or the reliability, quality or effectiveness of any products provided through external websites. A link to an external site does not imply an endorsement of the views, information or products provided or held by such websites.

10. Variations

Hello Hong Kong Limited and Dove Tales Limited reserves the right to revise and amend this disclaimer notice from time to time and any revised version will be deemed to be applicable from the first date of publication on this website.

About Us

This website is owned by Hello Hong Kong Limited

Hello Hong Kong Limited is registered in Hong Kong with registration number 62189050-000

The registered address of the company is 3/F Oxford Industrial Building, 42-46 Wang Lung Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong.