When my wife told me of the cost of one of these private tours I was initially put off, but she brought me round to the idea and I must say I am very glad she did! Definitely worth the money :)
Jamie is a Brit (Yorkshireman originally) who has lived in Hong Kong most of his life and knows all the sights and people, with a sense of humour that was right up our street. He met us in the lobby of our hotel and took us on a tour of not only the major attractions (such as the Peak, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Peninsula Hotel [which we returned to on another day for afternoon tea] and the HSBC headquarters) which were within walking/short metro trip distance of the centre but also those areas and buildings that, while not 'attractions' in the tourist sense, definitely give you an idea of how different it is to the UK and what living in Hong Kong is actually *like*.
I only wish we'd had more time. As it was Jamie stayed with us a little longer than we had actually paid for to ensure that we got the correct bus for the area we were going to next, and his local knowledge regarding which attractions to avoid, which were worth visiting, and what times and days were best to visit them to avoid massive crowds and long waits, was a Godsend for our later days when we were fending for ourselves in the city. He is also a keen photographer and found some good spots for me to get some shots myself, as I am just getting into the hobby.
We already had an idea of the places we wanted to visit over our 3 day stay, but knew we wouldn't have time to get round them all. Jamie was able to help us hone our list down to the best ones, and decide where to go on which day. If you've already got an idea of the sort of tour you want, the sort of places you'd like to see, he can tailor the tour to hit up those things but he is also capable of dealing with people who (as we did) say "Er, I don't know really, we just want to get a feel for the city and see what it's like here" when asked what their aims/goals during the stay are.
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October 2, 2013
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I am always very happy to get such positive feedback about my tours, thanks ever so much!! I hope you make it back here again!!
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