Tour Guide Hong Kong – Spotlight on Kate

Welcome to the 5th episode of our “Meet your Personal Tour Guide“! Today, we have all eyes on our actress/brilliant tour guide in the Hello Hong Kong Team, Kate! When Kate joined our team, we were sure that her happy attitude and smiling face will be a great addition to our special team.

Growing up in Hong Kong and Australia, Kate has many interesting stories about Hong Kong when it still was under British rule. When you are on a Private Customised Tour with our history enthusiast ask her questions from the time when Hong Kong had to surrender to the Japanese and how it came that it went back to the British.

Now let’s see what Kate has to say:

** What was the funniest thing that ever happened on tour?
-> Being swarmed by people advertising their restaurants in Chungking Mansions. There were so many flyers in my face that I couldn’t see anything else and so I had to turn and look for tour guide Jess to help me exit the building.
** Where is Chungking Mansion?
-> It is on Nathan Road and one of our stops in the night tour of Kowloon. Worth checking it out!
** What is your favourite place in Hong Kong?
-> The airport as it reminds me of the great feeling of arriving back in this awesome city.
** What’s your favourite Cantonese word and why?
-> “m goi sai” as I apparently say it with a perfect Hong Kong accent.
** What’s your favourite Chinese food?
->A drink, not food… I love Hong Kong’s iced lemon tea.
** Oh…! That is a perfect drink especially now that the weather is getting hotter! Great idea, Kate!
We are sure that if you are on a Hong Kong Local Tour with Kate, you definitely in for a treat!
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Private Tours Hong Kong – Spotlight on Jamie of J3 Tours

Being a tour operator for Hong Kong package tours, we, naturally, have many friends in the industry that we ask for help if we are fully booked. One of them is Jamie from J3 Tours.

 

Originally from Yorkshire, Jamie has been in Hong Kong for 46 years! Jamie offers Private Walking Tours of Hong Kong and delivers them with a brilliant sense of humour. Jamie has a mild obsession with cars. You can check out his 67, 907 photos of cars HERE. No, we are not joking he indeed has published that many pictures of cars! His Flickr site has over 98,000 photographs and is an excellent resource for helping you to decide what you would like to see in Hong Kong. Jamie is a fantastic tour guide and our go-to recommendation if we are ever fully booked. Check out Sherri & Mike’s beautiful picture with the stunning view of Hong Kong Island.

happy tour guide, happy guest

With his passion for photography, Jamie gets always great shots to make your city tour of Hong Kong unforgettable!

Join Jamie for a private tour

 

But let’s see what the man himself has to say:

*What was the funniest thing that ever happened on a tour?

–> Easy one, I had a client who tripped and fell into the swimming pool at the Intercontinental Hotel, fully clothed, US$1,000 pair of shoes – he took it all in his stride though!!

*What is your favourite place in Hong Kong?

–> My spot at the Peak without question

*What’s your favourite Cantonese word and why?

–> Um Goy – even I can’t mess that one up

*What’s your favourite Chinese food?

–> Cheap Dim Sum at Famous Dim Sum near Prince Edward MTR Station – awesome

So next time you are on a Hong Kong sightseeing tour for you and your family, say “hi” to Jamie too!

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Stay at The Fleming on your visit to Hong Kong

Walking Tours Of Hong Kong – A Visit To The Fleming Hotel Wan Chai

Last week we visited the newly renovated and reopened boutique hotel “The Fleming”. The first thing we noticed about this place was the design. Inspired by one of our favourite places on our Hong Kong package tour, the hotel shows some cool features that you can find on the Star Ferry. The back of the chairs in the reception area can change their directions and you can sit facing either side of the room. Just like the ferry seats when you enjoy the view on a Hong Kong local tour!

Have a quick stop here on your city tour of Hong Kong

We then went on to check out some rooms. Not only are they spacious and nicely decorated but they, too, feature some really cool things of the favourite way of transport on a city tour of Hong Kong. You can change the sign at the door of each room by turning the disk.

Star Ferry inspired

But the most special place the washroom (yes, you read that one correct!). When you are going to answer nature’s call before your sightseeing in Hong Kong, you will be surprised by the washroom floor of “The Fleming”. The really clever designer had the idea of using fifty Hong Kong cents coins for the floor. We asked André Canhota, the guest experience manager, how many coins they were while we were still in awe about it. He told us that they used 27,500(!) coins in total for that floor. That certainly is quite a number of coins!

27500 coins cover this floor

So, if you have time after your day tours Hong Kong, go say “Hi”  to the super friendly staff at The Fleming. Should you already have booked your room at this beautiful boutique hotel, ask them to book your Hong Kong private tour for you with your Hong Kong tour guide!

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Check out Nathan Road on your Hong Kong guided tour

Hong Kong Local Tour – A Stroll Through Nathan Road

Visiting the Kowloon side on your Hong Kong private tour, you probably will come passed Nathan Road. One of the busiest streets in Hong Kong to experience the hustle and bustle of this place to its full extent. Masses of taxis, buses and vans will go through here non-stop. Nathan Road was in full bloom in the 1980s when it had become the shopping strip with neon glowing signs and glittering marquee lights galore,  shops, row after row earning itself the name “The Golden Mile”.

Walk through the streets of Mong Kok on your personalised night tour of kowloon and soak up the atmosphere of the neon lights.

 

When you are looking for places to visit in Hong Kong at night, go to Nathan Road to stroll through several markets. Take a Kowloon walking tour and have a snack in one of the speciality places ranging from Indian, to Pakistani, to African origins, or check out various dim sum places. Ask your Hong Kong foodie guide to try the delicious street food.

Check out the markets on your night tour Hong Kong

On your city tour of Hong Kong, we will tell you more about the history of the “Golden Mile”. How it came to change its name from Robinson Road to Nathan Road. Why the Jewish governor only lasted 3 years.

Ask to visit Kowloon when you book your Hong Kong package tour and let yourself be carried away by the buzzing energy of Nathan Road!

Private tour guide Jess tries the stinky tofu during one of her night tours in Kowloon. The big question is, did she like it!?

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enjoy a sailing trips in hong kong

Hello Hong Kong Sailing voted best for family friendly days out

Hello Hong Kong sailing adventures voted by Sassy Mama as one of the best family friendly junk boat trips in Hong Kong!

 

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a day sailing in hong kong with captain ryan

 

 

 

 

 

Who is this ‘Captain Ryan’ I hear you asking.

This handsome devil!

sailing in hong kong with captain ryan

Ryan is originally from the US and has lived in Asia for 12 years, moving from New York following an office job.  He started in Singapore, moving to Hong Kong in 2011.  In  recent years he has sailed about 8,000 nautical miles around Southeast Asia and the South China Sea including trips between Hong Kong and Shanghai, the Philippines and Borneo and between Singapore and Phuket, Langkawi, and surrounding Malaysia and Indonesia.  He also enjoys seeing the area by motorcycle, riding about 15,000km on two trips around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He is quite the action man!

Ryan says that he really likes Hong Kong for its opposites – a gritty, thriving urban city surrounded by the outdoors with great seasons for sailing, running and hiking.  He likes showing people sides of Hong Kong that they would never see around HK island and Kowloon.
So what are you waiting for? Book your Hong Kong sailing adventure with Captain Ryan today!

 

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So much to discover on sightseeing tours Hong Kong

Tour Guide Hong Kong – Going The Extra Mile

We regularly get asked, “Why should I book a Hong Kong guided tour?” or “Why do I need a private tour Hong Kong?” Well, there are many answers as to “why?” First, if you are on a personal tour Hong Kong, you will discover places that you maybe had not heard of and are not mentioned in many cityguide books. Another reason is that your Hong Kong tour guide will be able to tell you much more about the background of places than the internet and you can be sure that the information is correct. However, another reason is that your Hong Kong sightseeing will get the personal touch that will be the “cherry on top” for your time in the city! The following pictures are from our tour guide Mel. He took Steve and his family on a Full Day Private Customised Tour of Hong Kong and created an album for Steve and his family as a little memory of their day here in Hong Kong. Now meet Steve and his family:

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Chapter10 Last stop Steve and family

When you book a Hong Kong personal tour, we make sure it is as individual as you are! When Mel created Steve’s story – a soft toy who is the travel companion of this family’s youngest daughter, he wanted to give his guests something that would hold nice memories for them. We want to share our love and passion with our clients and when you book your Hong Kong package tour, we happily go “the extra mile” to create your special day!

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see Cirque du Soleil on your hong kong full day tours

Win tickets to KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil in Hong Kong!

KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil is coming to Hong Kong!

 

We could not be any more excited about this. KOOZA is an extravaganza! A spectacle! A feast for the eyes!

 

Opening in just 8 days time the Cirque du Soleil team is busy setting up the ‘Big Top’.

You might have seen the 25 meter tall masts going up in the Central Harbourfront area? And the banners along the side walk? How exciting!

kooza kooza 2

 

KOOZA opens on April 20th and tickets are selling fast.

Hello Hong Kong is giving away 5 pairs of tickets worth HK$1777 per set for the performance on Thursday 26th April at 8pm. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is:

  1. Follow Hello Singapore on Instagram – why Singapore I hear you ask? Why not we say!
  2. Follow Hello Hong Kong on Instagram
  3. Leave a comment on our Hello Hong Kong Kooza Instagram post saying ‘ KOOZA ME, I WANT THOSE TICKETS AND I WANT TO GO WITH… ‘ (and tag your friend that you want to take)!

The winners will be randomly selected and notified on April 20th.

 

If your not lucky enough to win a pair of tickets don’t worry, Hello Hong Kong still has you covered. Get yourself 15% off your tickets using our special discount code KOOZAHHK15 

Tickets can be booked online at http://www.asiaboxoffice.com/kooza

And don’t forget to follow the KOOZA Facebook page for updates on the show.

Hong Kong tour package with Cirque du Soleil

Get close to Hong Kong with Hello Hong Kong

Walking Tours Hong Kong – Mid-Levels Escalator in Central

There are indeed many sights to see in Hong Kong when you have booked your Hong Kong tour package. One of the things not to miss out are the Mid-Level escalators. These are a unique collection of escalators and walkways through the Central district on the Hong Kong Island side. It is the longest outdoor covered system in the world. Build in 1993 to provide a better commute, it ranges a total of 800 metres. If you start your city tour of Hong Kong before 10:30 AM you will see the escalator goes downhill but it will change to uphill after 10:30 AM. Especially now that the weather is getting hotter, you will welcome this little break from walking when you discover the city with your Hong Kong tour guide.

Take a break on your walking tour Hong Kong with the escalator

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This god can be visited on a hong kong walking tour of Lantau island. Learn about hand symbolism in Taoism with Hello Hong Kong.

About Hong Kong – What is Taoism?

When you are on your Hong Kong city tour, you will see numerous facets concentrated in one single city. You will see extremely rich, extremely poor, East meeting West, beautiful, untouched nature, concrete jungle and you will see Buddhism living alongside Taoism (pronounced more like “dowism”). Tao meaning the “way” or “path”, is a religious belief that incorporates philosophical study, meditation and physical exercises that are meant to lead to a long and fruitful life. In Taoist temples, people pay honor to the Taoist gods a large part of what they are doing is about encouraging luck to come to them (which goes back to the ‘living a fruitful life’). They do this by making offerings to the god of them temple and asking for something back in exchange. Amongst various gods and goddesses, we will find names like Tin Hau – the goddess of the sea and protector of the fishermen – fishermen will go to visit Tin Hau with offerings before going out to sea, they will ask for a safe passage and to catch lots of fish. Man – the god of literature – often visited by students, particularly before important exam times. Wong Tai Sin – the god of good health.

If you have booked a Hong Kong private tour, don’t forget to ask you Hong Kong tour guide to take you to the Wong Tai Sin Temple. This one is amongst the “do not miss” sights to see in Hong Kong! And while you are there, let the fortune tellers tell you your future and let the gods surrounding this astonishing place be in your favour!

Lydia, USA - Private Bespoke Tour

 

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A place worth the stop on your local tour Hong Kong

What To Eat In Hong Kong – Jumbo Kingdom

Established in the 1970s Jumbo Kingdom is one of the largest floating restaurants in the world and as such absolutely worth the visit on your local Hong Kong tour! Located in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, this place is a unique combination of a scenic Hong Kong landmark, a renowned tourist attraction and a fine-dining establishment. When you plan to include this place in your private tour Hong Kong, you will feel like in a time machine thrown back to the Chinese imperial times. This restaurant can accommodate up to 2300 (!) people! So, it does not come as a big surprise, that local and international stars and celebrities like Chow Yun Fat, Tom Cruise, John Wayne and even HM Queen Elisabeth II visited Jumbo Kingdom on their sightseeing in Hong Kong!

Visit Jumbo Kingdom on your city tour of Hong Kong

On the way to Jumbo restaurant, you will pass the old fishing boats, houseboats and fancy yachts which are also worth seeing.

If you ask our tour guide Hong Kong about sights to see in Hong Kong, chances are this floating restaurant will be one of them!

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