MEET THE HELLO HONG KONG TEAM
All of our tours are delivered by our own in-house Service Leaders. We have a meticulous in-house training and development programme. We monitor the quality of our tours and our Service Leaders. We reward excellence. We do not contract or work with any freelance tour guides. We are all absolutely lovely!
Hello, I am Laura and I am the founder of Hello Hong Kong.
I first came to Hong Kong on a two week holiday with my parents after I had finished a project working in Japan. I loved Hong Kong so much that years later when I was offered a relocation with work I jumped at the chance and packed up my life in England and moved within 6 weeks!
What I now realise, having lived in Hong Kong for 5+ years, is that during those 2 weeks I spent here on holiday, I didn’t see anything! Of course, I took the Peak Tram up to the top of Victoria Peak, I went to the markets, ate in numerous Chinese restaurants, went to the Big Buddha on the cable cars and I even took a ferry out to one of the outlying islands. I ticked off most of the ‘attractions’ in the guidebook, but I didn’t understand Hong Kong. I saw it as a tourist. I saw the ‘tourist attractions’. I ate ‘Chinese food’ but I didn’t get to sample the huge variety of local foods on offer because I only ate in restaurants with English menus and even those I found mind-boggling. I never ventured into one of those back street restaurants that have been run by the same family for 60 years. Even if I had seen one I certainly wouldn’t have been brave enough to dive in!
Now I have been living in Hong Kong as a resident and I do eat in those hidden away restaurants, I know where there are concealed parks tucked away behind soaring buildings providing a welcome get away from the noise and crowds of the streets. Now I keep clear of the main roads and only travel by back streets, waving at the small business owners as I pass.
I decided to leave the company that I relocated to Hong Kong with to do something that I am passionate about. I love living in Hong Kong and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time then by showing it, and all of its nuances, to the thousands of people that are lucky enough to be able to visit it every year.
I have researched and created a number of unique tours, each designed with the intention to show you Hong Kong and its culture, customs and history in an interesting and fun way. So, let us introduce you to Hong Kong, let us introduce you to the REAL Hong Kong, a city where East truly does meet West like in no other. Let us introduce you to Hong Kong, a place we call home.
Hi, my name is Burcin – pronounced Bour-chin. Yes, I know it takes a bit of practice! I am originally from Germany, a mother of 2 passionate children and a Social Science student of the Open University, UK. Over the years I have lived with my family in several countries including Greece, Vietnam, Singapore and Turkey. We moved back to Germany with the intention of settling down; it did not feel right. Asia called us back, and we moved to Hong Kong!
I first visited Hong Kong when I was living in Singapore with my family and immediately, fell in love with this amazing place! I always hoped to be able to live in Hong Kong one day. Three years later – here I am!
Having worked in hospitality and tourism for a long time, I am very happy to be able to be a part of the Hello Hong Kong Team. I oversee the administration and bookings, and I am your point of contact if you have any questions about your tour or need further information.
Hong Kong is a very exciting place and one of my most favourite spots on this planet. You will find diversity and contrast everywhere. You have the busy work life of the banking district on Hong Kong Island and then when you need a break, the blue waters and beaches of Sai Kung. My favourite moments are on top of a mountain, indulging the astonishing skyline of Hong Kong Island.
In my blogs on the Hello Hong Kong blog page, I try to share my love for Hong Kong with the readers, to bring this breathtaking city closer to the people. I hope to make you look forward to visiting Hong Kong and to experiencing first hand the many characters of the city!
Hi, I am Nicole. I am from Australia and I moved to Hong Kong with my partner who is a pilot for Cathay. As soon as I arrived in Hong Kong I fell in love with the city and immersed myself into day to day local life.
My background in Sydney was working in fashion and marketing. I worked with many successful Australian designers over the years on their marketing and PR campaigns. Hong Kong gave me the opportunity to work in the fashion industry however once taking the leap to move to Hong Kong I felt I could take the chance to re-invent my career. I love that every day here is different! I get to meet new and interesting people and I am no longer facing the daily grind of 9-5 behind a desk Monday to Friday! In addition to tour guiding, I also work with children as a Teacher and Nanny. I teach subjects including public speaking and debating.
On my days off you will often find me hiking up a mountain with my rescue dog. One of my favourite things about Hong Kong is the diversity. I love that I can be surrounded one minute by the mountains and the seaside and the next minute find myself in the heart of the bustling busy city! Hong Kong at night is by far my favourite, it is truly magical, the city transforms and you can’t help but feel inspired by the never-ending skyscrapers and neon lights surrounding the harbour line.
On top of all of this, I am a huge foodie and I have loved exploring local food, from the hole-in-the-wall restaurants through to fine dining. Come on a tour with me and I will show you what made me fall in love with this amazing city.
Hi, I am Richard. I am originally from India and I have spent the past twenty-something years living and working in Hong Kong. I am very proud to call Hong Kong my home. It is the city where I choose to bring up my wonderful family and the city that I can not imagine ever leaving.
I live in Lantau Island amidst hills and by the beach. Every morning I am woken by the melody of birds chirping and the branches of the trees brushing against my windows. It’s not the image of Hong Kong that most people imagine, but it is a Hong Kong that exists. I am one of the relatively few that have chosen to set up home outside of the city and townships. Of course, Hong Kong is geographically small so it doesn’t take me long to travel into the hustle and bustle of the city and re-immerse myself into the hectic day-to-day life!
I passed a Diploma in International Travel and Tourism Management way back in 1984. I started my career working in hotels, generally on the night shift. At the same time, I was able to complete my graduation, majoring in Arts, Psychology and Sociology as well as Computer Programming. I am currently a registered Financial Advisor in Hong Kong and I have a few select clients who I work with. I consider myself very fortunate to have enough time to dedicate to my tour guiding profession, which has become my main passion.
Hong Kong is beautiful and has an extremely rich, cultural heritage. Besides it also has the weird and obscure that can make you cringe and wince and that adds to the excitement of being immersed in the city! I like to say that when I lead a tour I am delivering the best show on earth. That’s what I aim for anyway. I want to give each and every one of my guests a perfect day and I ensure that everyone who takes a tour with me will return back to their homes with an absolutely fantastic memory of Hong Kong.
Hi, I’m Jess from Australia. I grew up on the coast just north of Sydney, but most recently called Cairns in Far North Queensland home before moving to Hong Kong with my husband.
I have been working in the tourism industry since 2008. I started on the road as a Tour Manager guiding multi-day tours up and down the East Coast of Australia and hiking in the outback of the Northern Territory. One of my most challenging but enjoyable working experiences came from leading 25-day trips in South East Asia, trekking around Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Prior to leaving Australia, I worked with a small tourism business in Cairns working with the Queensland Government developing tourism initiatives in one of the worlds most pristine rainforest World Heritage Areas.
My husband’s work as a pilot with Cathay Pacific brought us to Hong Kong. As you can imagine his career and our love of travelling work very well together and when he’s not working, we love to head off around Asia to explore, eat and scuba dive.
We live in Sai Ying Pun in the Western District of Hong Kong Island. It is a great colourful neighbourhood with a mix of old Chinatown and up and coming trendy cafés and bars. It is also close to the action of Central and Wan Chai so I spend a lot of time out with friends trying the latest restaurants and cocktail bars.
My passion for history, Asian culture and all things food made a perfect combination for working as a private tour guide. I hope you will love the vibrant, cosmopolitan and fast-paced city as much as I do, and I look forward to showing you the melting pot of culture and cuisine (as well as a few hidden secrets) in Hong Kong!
Hi All, I am Mel: 100% made in Hong Kong, a bit of a revolting child and a bit of a nomad! If you can guess the film that phrase is from you will know what my favourite film is!
I am very passionate about my hometown, and I would love to share it with you. So far I am the only 100% local Chinese in the Hello Hong Kong team. I am a rare breed of Chinese as my family is now in the 3rd generation born in Hong Kong. My grandparents’ families were fishermen and Dai Pai Dong owners. They came from the coastal town of Shantou and the industrious city of Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta. My family went through World War 2 in Hong Kong; we all survived.
I graduated with a bachelors degree in Engineering in 1992 from the University of Birmingham in the UK. I moved back to Hong Kong and started working as an engineer. From Engineering I changed paths to Marketing and finally moved into Merchandising and Product Development, a career which saw me managing a team of 30 direct reports across Hong Kong and Ningbo, China. Now as chance would have it I am back to the first job that I had when I was 16, a tour guide!
My motto is ” Happiness is like perfume ~ the more perfume you spray to friends around you, the more scent you will have lingering on your hands…..” You could say that that is my own Chinese proverb!
My name is Niya and I am from India. I grew up in the crowded and colourful city of Mumbai, surrounded by family, friends and festivals. The summer after graduating with a Bachelors degree in Mass Media I started working as a flight attendant for a domestic airline. Things took an exciting turn soon after when I moved to Hong Kong to work for an international airline. This was my first trip abroad. Can you imagine the excitement!
The first few months I found myself getting lost in the busy streets and local markets of Sham Shui Po. I still visit those markets for street food, although I am not getting lost anymore! Most of the time I am the only foreign face. I love to go walking along the promenade at Stanley which was once a popular hangout for pirates. If you are interested I can tell you a pirate story or two on our tour. In the last few years, as I have become more and more familiar with the city, my love for it has grown. I have my favourite coffee shops, my favourite beach, my favourite lookout points. I would love to show them to you.
Being a resident of Hong Kong has so many advantages. On my free time, I eat, walk or travel. I LOVE EATING! Hong Kong is not only home to some of the best Cantonese chefs in the world but also has cuisines from all over the world. You could say that it is an international playground for good food and drinks.
If you like the outdoors like me, you will find that Hong Kong has some amazing hikes. Because the terrain here is mountainous and we are surrounded by water, you can imagine how breathtaking the views must be. You also get to enjoy Hong Kong’s flora and fauna on these walks. I have spotted snakes, beetles with beautiful patterns and colourful butterflies on my walks.
I also love taking short trips around Asia in my free time. Be it Thailand, Indonesia or Vietnam, almost everywhere within the continent is only a short flight away. This year I visited Columbo, Lao, Singapore and even made it to Italy on my leave!
I joined Hello Hong Kong as a part-time tour guide, leading tours on my days off from flying. I enjoy both my jobs, I get to meet and interact with people from around the world. I love Hong Kong because it is a melting pot of cultures, where west meets east. There are so many weird and wonderful things competing for your attention, all of which I very much enjoy and hope to be able to show you when you visit us in Hong Kong!
Stéphanie est née et a grandi en France (Reims, Bordeaux, Poitiers, Paris et Lille). Elle a terminé ses études à Kyoto au Japon – c’est là qu’elle est tombée sous le charme de l’Asie.
A Hong Kong depuis 2007 pour suivre son mari, Stéphanie a profité du dynamisme du marché local pour rebondir et se reconvertir. Elle a d’abord participé à l’organisation des épreuves hippiques des JO de 2008 à Hong Kong. Suite à cette formidable expérience, Stéphanie a développé deux activités en parallèle. Elle est d’abord retournée vers le secteur automobile (après 7 ans de carrière chez un constructeur automobile français avant de s’expatrier) et représente une célèbre marque française dans son activité de Transit Temporaire pour les expatriés lors de leurs séjours en Europe. En parallèle, Stéphanie s’est aussi tournée vers une autre activité, toute nouvelle pour elle: guide touristique.
Sous le charme de Hong Kong, fascinée par ses contrastes, sa culture, ses paysages… le besoin de partager était trop fort! Depuis 2009, Stéphanie fait donc découvrir le territoire de Hong Kong avec passion. Elle aime particulièrement découvrir des anecdotes et des lieux insolites qui permettent d’avoir une vision d’ensemble de la ville, de sa population et de son histoire.
Stéphanie passe aussi beaucoup de temps sur les sentiers de randonnée. Les efforts sont toujours récompensés: paysages splendides, rencontres avec la faune, découvertes de vieilles pierres abandonnées… (n’hésitez pas à contacter Stéphanie si vous souhaitez faire une randonnée et découvrir la nature hong kongaise).
Hi I’m Don, I grew up in Melbourne Australia. My father immigrated to Australia at the end of WW2 and met and married my mother who came off a dairy farm. As children we learnt about hard work, making it on your own and the importance of family and good friends. My family background tweaked my interest in history and travel. I met Mini, my wife and mother to our 2 boys whilst at university. Mini is from Kerala in India and so our life has been one of travel and adventure in all directions!
I completed an Arts Degree majoring in Linguistics and French followed by a Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance. I delved into Banking and had a great time working for some regional banks and then a start up Finance Company. Done with that challenge I joined my brother who was running our old family horse feed business.
The move to Hong Kong was my wife’s doing, she was offered a relocation with her job and we both thought that it sounded like a great adventure. Hong Kong immediately got under our skin and we just love the place, the people, the cultural diversity and the energy.
We will talk about dragons during our tour; I am convinced that it is their majestic presence that gives Hong Kong a special energy! I am so keen for you to appreciate the ‘real’ Hong Kong and experience the temples and the food. I will show you how people spend money and make money. I am on the Building Committee for The Helena May which is a beautiful colonial building set up on Garden Road. The best thing about any and all activity here is that it always ends with great food in unexpected places.
I am so looking forward to sharing my experiences of Hong Kong with you!
Hi, my name is Joel and I am from Hong Kong. Being half British half Chinese I am a living example of the East meets West juxtaposition you’ll find all around our wonderful city.
I have a passion for Hong Kong’s unique history, culture and food. From Dim Sum to Dai Pai Dongs and everything in-between, there is always something new to discover here and chances are, that’s where you’ll find me!
Having grown up on the car-free outlying island of Cheung Chau I was able to really immerse myself into the local Hong Kong way of life. I concluded my studies in the UK after which I started working in the outdoor sports industry in Wales. Four years ago I decided to return to my native Hong Kong, this time living in the bustling city centre, where I balance tour guiding with my regular office job. I live in the heart of Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay the district that never sleeps.
Did you know that the number 8 in Cantonese sounds almost the same as wealth? Being a native Cantonese speaker I love sharing some of the wild phrases and sayings we have in our language. In my free time, I enjoy getting our city to explore the great outdoors through hiking and paragliding. I can’t wait to share the stories of Hong Kong with you, see you on tour!
Bonjour, my name is Amandine! I’m originally from Belgium but have lived all over Europe. I still remember taking the taxi from the airport when I first landed here in Hong Kong and the taxi driver telling me I’d fall in love with the city… And boy was he right! Four years on I am still intrigued by the quirkiness and multiple layers of Hong Kong’s neighborhoods. I can’t wait to share more about my city with you!
Er is geen beter manier om een stad te ontdekken dan een goedgeïnformeerde lokale gids te volgen. En nog beter als hij zich in je eigen taal kan uitdrukken. Bezienswaardigheden, cultuur, natuur en…eten, het zal allemaal aan bod komen over die paar uren dat we samen zullen doorbrengen. Tot dan!
Hello, I am Ben. I moved to Hong Kong from California by way of London. I love the culture, history, and food of Hong Kong. In my spare time, I do children’s theatre, voice over acting and play Ultimate Frisbee. Like Nathan before, I reside in Kennedy Town, with my pet dog Echo. I deliver our food tours, Lantau tours and customised tours. I can’t wait to show you around this wonderful city.
Hi, I’m Nathan. I am originally from Portland, Oregon. I am a resident of Hong Kong and I live in the beautiful village of Mui Wo in Lantau Island. Outside of tour guiding, I own a children’s theatre company with my fellow tour guide, Ben. I act and work with children all over Hong Kong. I love getting out into nature and hiking around Hong Kong. I love showing people around Hong Kong, watching them fall in love with the city as I did.