East meets West tours of Hong Kong told through the eyes of an Ex-British Soldier who arrived in the '80s and never left. Your private tour with a genuine Hong Kong-er starts here! Hong Kong: from British Colony to Asia's World City.
I have seen Hong Kong as a soldier, businessman, father, and sportsman; witnessed the1997 Handover of Sovereignty and two financial crises; and arranged and lead bespoke day and night tours around the dynamic metropolis centred on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, as well as tours of Lantau Island and Macau. I do not require a deposit and can take bookings at short notice and a "real" guide book or bus tour is no substitute for a knowledgeable and good-humoured Englishman who has spent all of his adult life in Hong Kong.
We'll cover history from before the opium wars to present day and everything in between,: colonial rule, WWII, housing, economy, raising a family in HK, running a business, tax, "politics", sport, horse racing, religion, HKID card system/immigration, education, private clubs (a current hot topic), the role of the British Army and much, much more. We'll use public transport as we take in the sights, which can include the Peak Tram, Star Ferry, Ding Ding Tram, MTR, Bus, and Taxi. For food, we can have dim sum, noodles, roasted meats, seafood, have milk tea and French toast at a cha chaan teng, eat from Dai Pai Dongs and even try snake soup. I can cook Cantonese (and many other styles) food in my home, take guests for lunch or dinner overlooking the pitch at Kowloon Cricket Club and go for a curry in Chung King Mansions. Some guests yearn for a ham and cheese sandwich and a coffee, whatever your tastes we'll fit them in nicely. I'll take photos as we tour and send together with a pdf highlighting where we've been.
Packages can include tours and accommodation and tours can be lengthened/shortened/varied depending on preference and energy levels. Offering award-winning accommodation at Lantau Lodge, situated on the 2nd Floor of the family home (we live on 1st Floor) we are your home away from home in Hong Kong. Book now to share the history of the former, last bastion of the British Empire, now Special Administrative Region of China, with a former colonial, now Hong Kong local, who has made this truly great city his home.
Lantau Lodge is a fully licensed and insured holiday home, with 2 bedrooms that can sleep a maximum of 8 people; and has a higher rating on Booking.com than the Peninsula. We have a fully equipped kitchen (hob, crockery, pans, cutlery, kettle, toaster and refrigerator, and freezer) a living room with dining tables and chairs, easy chairs, flat screen TV with Netflix, DVD player and a bathroom with a beautiful shower, toilet and sink. All rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans and we have free WiFi. Our guests have access to our rooftop which has easy chairs, loungers and a table and chairs in addition to a BBQ and is beautiful at night. We have easy access to beaches for swimming, another beach for kiteboarding (Shui Hau Bay is Hong Kong's centre for kiteboarding from September through to April) hiking (we are on the Lantau Trail in the middle of sections 9 and 10) and just 10 minutes from Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and cable car, 15 minutes from Tai O fishing village and 35 minutes to Disneyland Hong Kong.