Hi, I'm Michael And I’ve Lived In Hong Kong for 30 Years
I Arrived as a Young British Soldier In The 80s And Never Left
Your Private Tour With A Genuine Hong Konger Starts Here
Hong Kong From British Colony to Asia’s World City
I come from Hull in the North of England. After leaving school, I joined the British Army when I was 17 and after tours in Northern Ireland, Germany and the Falkland Islands I was posted to Hong Kong at the end of the 1980s.
When my tour of duty in Hong Kong was coming to an end I decided that I was not yet ready to leave this unique city, and I started a new job that took me to the handover of sovereignty, from UK to China, on 1 July 1997. My intention was to re-join the army but the pull of Hong Kong was too strong and I’ve been here ever since, working in areas as diverse as Project Management, Security and Stadium Management, and finally in a financial role with a logistics company from 2007-2017.
Throughout my time in Hong Kong I have been heavily involved with amateur football (soccer) as a player, manager and administrator. I live on one of Hong Kong’s “green lungs”, the island of Lantau (10 minutes away from the Big Buddha), with my partner and my two daughters aged 16 and 13.
I have seen Hong Kong through the eyes of a soldier, a businessman, a father and a sportsman; and I have seen the 1997 Handover, two financial crises, bird ‘flu and SARS. I am well placed to give you a unique insight into life in Hong Kong taking in the greatest sights, sounds and smells Hong Kong has to offer.
I arrange and lead bespoke day and night tours around the dynamic metropolis centred on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, as well as tours of my beloved Lantau which can include the “Ngong Ping 360” Cable Car, the Big Buddha, Tai O fishing village, and for the more energetic hikes in the hills and a visit to a Public Housing Estate which should include a visit to a local market and a bowl of freshly prepared noodles from a decidedly “non-touristy” Lantau restaurant.
I do not employ people to lead tours on my behalf; when you book a tour with me, I will be your personal guide, in all my (some say faded) glory. I do not require any deposit and can take bookings at short notice if my calendar allows (I do not take bookings from multiple parties, I work for only one client (you) at a time and am dedicated to you and the others in your group from start to finish).