My friend and I arrived in Hong Kong following a trip to Japan plus a 14-day Asian cruise which ended in HK. Eight months prior to our arrival, I searched Trip Advisor about tours in HK and after I read 10 reviews for Jamie's tour, I booked our spot immediately...especially after reading that one couple wanted him for a full day tour with Jamie and had to settle for an evening tour because his day tours were all booked up by the time they contacted him. After coming from a cruise ship and 7 different group tours on shore excursions - where we usually had to run to keep up with the tour guide because unless you were in the front of the group, you couldn't hear the tour - we were looking for a different kind of tour and Jamie's tours are exactly that...very personal and designed to what YOU want to do in HK. Neither of us had been to HK before and Jamie showed us where to buy the Octopus Card that would let us ride the Metro, the bus, the cable car and the ferry. He took us to many places in HK all the while telling us about the history and the culture. Jamie's been to these sights many times and has an "in" with the people who work there so you get to go to places not everyone else does. While we were at the largest temple in HK, he made sure we got to observe and participate in all the rituals (learning about the fortune sticks was fun). He has a wealth of information about HK; when we mentioned at the beginning that we prefer Western toilets (no holes in the ground) he told us where to find them (hotels and malls) and took us to one halfway through our tour. By the end of our tour, we had been on the Metro, the ferry, the bus and a cable car and felt we could navigate them and would be able to go anywhere during the rest of our time in HK without Jamie...but that's not all. When Jamie got home that night, he emailed me exact directions to everything we had wanted to see (including photos) - 10 different destinations in all. I took my iPad with me the next day when we took the Metro, changed trains, got off and went to the street, hailed a cab and showed the cab driver - who did not speak English - my iPad with the photo Jamie had emailed of the Chinese street sign outside the Jade Market and he was able to take us straight there...no miscommunication. We saved a lot of money on cabs by taking the Metro as much as we could and using cabs or buses when there were no Metro stops near our destination. Had a backpack so it was easy to carry my iPad around to refer to when we were using Jamie's directions (he should write a book). By the end of Day 3, we were zipping around with our Octopus cards like HK natives. They say, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." In addition to taking us to some amazing sights and sharing funny stories, Jamie taught us to fish (aka use the public transportation around HK) and now I can find my way easily in what used to be a strange city. He's the best!
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