Armie Ma

Armie Ma

Hi! Armie here. I am a creative soul, always on the go.

I majored in Humanities and Creative Writing, then Advertising and Communication for master degree. My teachers and fellas had so much expectation of me becoming a successful writer, but I guess I am too outgoing to writing in a dark corner of a room, and advertising might not be the perfect job for me. To me, life is all about bringing and sharing inspirations.

I lived in Berlin with my (ex)girlfriend and my old cat. There I realized walking tour is best thing for me to do, where I can put together all my character and talents. So I created the first Chinese walking tour in Berlin.

Now I’m back home guiding tours almost everyday. It is good to be home sharing stories with people from all over the world.

Knowledgeable, personable, enthusiastic, and funny are what I get the most from people who joined my tour. Many have guessed that I am (or suggested me to be) a stand up comedian… Hmmmm, I am a lyricist, a rapper, and an actor. I have gigs and shows. Still, I love to crack you up on my tour and bring our destination to life.

The next one will be my original show No Coming Back at Adelaide Fringe 2020. Catch me in Australia or here in Hong Kong!

Meeting Information

Starting Time: Monday to Saturday 2pm

Meeting Point: Outside Mong Kok MTR Station Exit B3 (**NOT Mong Kok EAST Station**), image here.

Find Us: Find yellow T-shirt/jacket with “The Hong Kong Free Tours”

Ending Time & Point: 5:00pm near Sham Shui Po MTR station Exit C2

Booking:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will confirm your reservation the night before the tour whether it will be go ahead. Please make sure to check your e-mail on the day of the tour before you go to meet the tour guide. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatApp +852 9444 8472 if you want someone to confirm your reservation manually.

Group: If you represents an organization or your group size is bigger than 8, please contact us here for more information.

Fee: This is a pay what you think is worth tour. A similar tour in Hong Kong would cost HKD 350 per person. We recommend tipping HKD 100 per person so this will be win-win for all involved.

Other Information

Cancellation: Please note this tour may be canceled due to following conditions:

Weather: Tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 3 or yellow rain signal is hoisted. Weather cancellation will be announced in the website one hour before the tour start time.
Participants: Tour may be canceled when there are less than five participants joining a tour. Tour cancellation in this case will be announce at the starting time of the tour.

Major Sites:
– Goldfish Market: How expensive is the rent on this street?
– Flower Market: What are the major industries in Hong Kong and how come there are still flowers?
– Bird Market: Bird Flu in Hong Kong and the future of this market
– Boundary Street: Housing affordability in Hong Kong compare to other countries in the world
– Portland Street: How Hong Kong runs its capitalistic system with low tax rate?
– Cedar Street: Visiting a subdivided unit in Prince Edward
– Tung Chau Street: Minimum wage in Hong Kong, Coffin House and Cage House
– Kweilin Street: Urban Renewal Authority and the future of this problem

Meeting Information

Starting Time: Sunday to Friday 10am, Saturday 10am & 2pm

Meeting Point: Outside Admiralty MTR Station Exit A (next to McDonald’s), image here

Find Us: Find yellow T-shirt/jacket with “The Hong Kong Free Tours”

Ending Time & Point: 12:30pm at St. John Cathedral

Booking:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will confirm your reservation the night before the tour whether it will be go ahead. Please make sure to check your e-mail on the day of the tour before you go to meet the tour guide. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatApp +852 9444 8472 if you want someone to confirm your reservation manually.

Group: If you represents an organization or your group size is more than eight people, please contact us here for more information.

Fee: This is a pay what you think is worth tour. A similar tour in Hong Kong would cost HKD 350 per person. We recommend tipping HKD 100 per person so this will be win-win for all involved.

Other Information

Cancellation: Please note this tour may be canceled due to following conditions:

Weather: Tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 3 or yellow rain signal is hoisted. Weather cancellation will be announced in the website one hour before the tour start time.
Participants: Tour may be canceled when there are less than five participants joining a tour. Tour cancellation in this case will be announce at the starting time of the tour.

Major Sites:
– Central Government Complex: Extradition Bill Controversy
– Tamar Park: How Hong Kong was given away and why we are descendants of refugees?
– People Liberation Army Building: Sentiment in Hong Kong before the handover of Hong Kong
– City Hall: Hong Kong after Second World War and why the British decided to return Hong Kong?
– HSBC Building: Famous Feng Shui war in Hong Kong
– Bank of China: Rivalry from the East
– Queen’s Road: The Original coastline and land reclamation
– St. John Cathedral: The beginning of Hong Kong

Reference: This tour is offered in association with Network DIPLO, a citizen diplomacy platform which aims at fostering the vision of “Hong Kong in the World”.

Meeting Information

Starting Time: Every Monday and Friday 6:30 pm

Meeting Point: Inside Jordan MTR Station Exit A (Underground level next to Hang Seng Bank)

Find Us: Find yellow T-shirt/jacket with “The Hong Kong Free Tours”

Ending Time & Point: Around 9:00pm at Temple Street Night Market (Jordan side)

Booking:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will confirm your reservation the night before the tour whether it will be go ahead. Please make sure to check your e-mail on the day of the tour before you go to meet the tour guide. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatApp +852 9444 8472 if you want someone to confirm your reservation manually.

Group: If you represents an organization or your group size is bigger than 8, please contact us here for more information.

Fee: HKD 250 per person (This includes tasting of 10+ different types of food)

Other Information

Cancellation: Please note this tour may be canceled due to following conditions:
 
Weather: Tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 3 or yellow rain signal is hoisted. Weather cancellation will be announced in the website one hour before the tour start time.
Participants: Tour may be canceled when there are less than five participants joining a tour. Tour cancellation in this case will be announce at the starting time of the tour.
 
General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than seven days in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be provided.
 
Major Sites: We are sorry: By default we cannot tell you which store we visit and what we eat in this tour (until you have eaten them!). However, you will be trying about 10+ types of food (exotic food to your culture) from around 5 to 6 different restaurants & food stalls.

Meeting Information

Starting Time Every Tuesday 1pm

Meeting Point: Central MTR Exit A (Outside)

Find Us: Find yellow T-shirt/jacket with “The Hong Kong Free Tours”

Ending Time & Point: Around 6pm at Shau Kei Wan MTR Station

Duration: Around 5 hours: 1 hour transport, 3 hours hiking and 1 hour relax time

Distance: Approximately 8km

Difficulty: Moderate – Up hill in the beginning (~500 meters). Up and down a bit when walking at the ridge of the mountain (~2 km). Flat and downhill for the rest (+5 km).

Booking:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will confirm your reservation the night before the tour whether it will be go ahead. Please make sure to check your e-mail on the day of the tour before you go to meet the tour guide. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatApp +852 9444 8472 if you want someone to confirm your reservation manually.

Group: If you represents an organization or your group size is bigger than 8, please contact us here for more information.

Fee: 250 HKD per person – This includes transportation to/from Shau Kei Wan MTR Station

Other Information

Cancellation: Please note this tour may be canceled due to following conditions:
 
Weather: Tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 3 or yellow rain signal is hoisted. Weather cancellation will be announced in the website one hour before the tour start time.
Participants: Tour may be canceled when there are less than five participants joining a tour. Tour cancellation in this case will be announce at the starting time of the tour.
 
General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than seven days in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be provided.

Hong Kong Island Itinerary

Hong Kong is best known as a centre for big business, but scattered among its gleaming corporate towers it is possible to find small, independent companies that specialize in traditional trades. These companies are closely linked to Hong Kong’s history, and are woven into the city’s cultural fabric. They’re part of what gives Hong Kong its unique aesthetic and atmosphere.

Times are changing, though. Many of these businesses have no succession plans and anticipate closure. As these elements of its heritage disappear, Hong Kong edges ever closer to becoming another generic global city.

In this walk, we will visit a number of these disappearing trades, the last masters of some of Hong Kong’s home-grown industries. With the end in sight for many, we go out to hear their stories and learn about their ways of life, before they are lost for ever.


Itinerary:
– Start the tour at Sai Ying Pun MTR
– Visit several cottage industries in Sai Ying Pun & Sheung Wan
– Hollywood Road Park, the beginning of British colonization
– Pak Sing Ancestral Hall, the first wave of Chinese labors who went to San Francisco for Gold Rush
– Man Mo Temple, Taoism & a short lesson on the rituals in a Chinese temple
– Graham Street Market, visit a few food stores at an open air market
– Lunch at either a traditional tea house, or tasting at several eateries
– Visit the Financial District (Government Hill, HSBC, Statue Square, Final Court of Appeal, HKMA)

This is a five hours tour finishing at Central MTR Station. You can extend this tour by adding:
– Victoria Peak (option to go to the observation deck or Lugard Road) (+1 hour)
– Visit a subdivided unit and visit a local wet market in Sham Shui Po (+1 hour)
– Visit Bird Market, Flower Market and Goldfish Market (+1 hour)
– Visit Aberdeen or Stanley (+1 hour)
– Dragon’s Back Hiking (+4 hour)

Kowloon Itinerary

Kowloon is often considered to be the more authentic and darker side of Hong Kong. Although it is a densely populated area, with this comes a curious mix of old and new culture, and a diverse host of attractions to explore.

First occupied by the British in 1860, Kowloon was only used as a military base for several decades before urban development began. Its name, which means “Nine Dragons,” supposedly comes from the last emperor in Song Dynasty, who named the area for its eight tallest mountains.

The ninth dragon was, of course, is the emperor himself. In honour of this egocentric emperor, let’s do a tour in Kowloon!

Itinerary:
– Start the tour at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR
– Visit the Tsim Sha Tsui district to learn the early history of Kowloon
– Gold Fish Market, how they survive the high rental price in the center of Mong Kok?
– Flower Market, history of flower market and Boundary Street
– Bird Market, a Hong Kong flu that shocked the world
– Prince Edward, housing crisis and visit a subdivided house and cage house
– Sham Shui Po, lunch or food tasting at one of the most local districts in Hong Kong
– Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnary, Buddhism and how architecture integrates into Buddhism

This is a five hours tour finishing at Diamond Hill MTR station. You can extend this tour by adding:
– Fortune Telling at Wong Tai Sin (+1 hour)
– Kowloon Walled City (+1 hour)
– Shopping at Kwai Chung (+1 hour)
– Lion Rock Hike (+3 hour)
– Hong Kong Island (+5 hour)

Sai Kung Deserted Beach Hike

While Repulse Bay, Stanley, and Shek O beaches get all the popularity. The best beaches by far are tucked away in Sai Kung Tai Long Wan. The sand is powdery, the water is clear and the best of all it is deserted so you can have the whole beach on your own!

Itinerary:
– Meet at Hang Hau MTR and travel to trail (approx. 1 hour)
– High Island Reservoir East Dam
– MacLehose Trail, passing through Long Ke Wan, Sai Wan Shan, Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan
– Ham Tin Wan, lunch at a local café
– MacLehose Trail, passing through Chek Kang and Pak Tam Au
– Pak Tam Au and return to the city (approx. 1.5 hour)

This is an eight hours tour finishing at Hang Hau MTR station.

Booking Information

Tour Fee: HKD 400 per hour for a group of 2. Additional HKD 50 per hour for each additional person. Kids younger than 13 travels free! 1 hour is added for Hotel Pickup (except Airport Hotels), 1.5 hour is added for meeting at Airport Arrival Hall (and Airport Hotels).

Itinerary: The actual itinerary may be adjusted to reflect the opening hours of the attractions. We are also happy to adjust the itinerary to your preference as long as it falls within the tour duration.

Luggage Handling: If you need to store your luggage, there is a baggage storage facility next to Arrival Hall A. More information here.

Exclusion: Fee does not include cost of food and transportation.

Weather Cancellation: Please note the tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 8 or red/black rain signal is hoisted. 100% refund it will be provided for weather cancellation.

General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than 7 days in advance. 50% refund otherwise.

The “Touristy” Itinerary

Itinerary:
– Meet at Tung Chung MTR station
– Take Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Ngong Ping village
– Visit Big Buddha, hear the story of how it was built and the economics of religion in HK
– Po Lin Monastery, Buddism and how architecture is integrated into the belief system

– Take a bus to the Tai O fishing Village
– Chinese lunch near the Tai O fishing village
– Tour around Tai O (Fishing village stilt houses, Tai O heritage Police Station, panoramic view of HK-ZhuHai-Macao Bridge)
– Ferry or Bus back to the city


This is a seven hours tour finishing at Tung Chung MTR station. We take only the single journey (not return) cable car in this tour, click here for more detail.

The “Spiritual” Itinerary

Itinerary:
– Meet at Central Ferry Pier number 6 and take ferry to Mui Wo
– Hike the beautiful Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak (3 hours) through the Lantau Trail
– Vegetarian Lunch at Po Lin Monastery near the Ngong Ping village
– Visit Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery, hear the story of how it was built and Buddhism
– Take a bus to the Tai O fishing Village
– Tour around Tai O and see the stilt house and shrimp paste industry
– Ferry or Bus back to the city

This is a nine hours tour finishing at Tung Chung MTR station. We stay “spiritual” (NO cable car) in this itinerary! 🙂

Booking Information

Tour Fee: HKD 400 per hour for a group of 2. Additional HKD 50 per hour for each additional person. Kids younger than 13 travels free! 1 hour is added for Hotel Pickup (except Airport Hotels), 1.5 hour is added for meeting at Airport Arrival Hall (and Airport Hotels).

Itinerary: The actual itinerary may be adjusted to reflect the opening hours of the attractions. We are also happy to adjust the itinerary to your preference as long as it falls within the tour duration.

Luggage Handling: If you need to store your luggage, there is a baggage storage facility next to Arrival Hall A. More information here.

Exclusion: Fee does not include cost of food and transportation.

Weather Cancellation: Please note the tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 8 or red/black rain signal is hoisted. 100% refund it will be provided for weather cancellation.

General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than 7 days in advance. 50% refund otherwise.

Sunset Lion Rock Hike & Walled City

To every local in Hong Kong, the only peak that represents Hong Kong has to be Lion Rock. Often associated as the perseverance and Can-Do spirit of Hong Konger, Lion Rock is featured repeatedly for its meaning to the locals. To us, this is the best hike with city view.

Itinerary:
– Meet at Wong Tai Sin MTR and head to Lion Rock
– Lion Rock Country Park, passing through Lion Rock
– Lion Rock, wait to see the city glow during sunset
– Lion Rock, use headlight to hike back to the city
– Kowloon Walled City, a short walk through the courthouse & its history
– Kowloon City, dine at a local Chinese restaurant

This is a five hours tour finishing at the Kowloon City district. If this tour is combined with Private Kowloon Tour, we will consider this as a four hours tour.

New Territories Biking to Plover Cove Reservoir

Starting at Tai Wai, this route takes you through Hong Kong’s most picturesque cycling route. The best part of the route is at the end – Plover Cove Reservoir, where you can bike on top of a stretch of 2km long dam at one of the most remote area in Hong Kong!

Itinerary:
– Meet at Mong Kok East MTR station and head to bike shop
– Tai Wai, pick up bikes and start biking together
– Tang Tai Uk, one of the few remaining indigenous houses in Hong Kong
– Science Park, a quick tour at Science Park
– Tze Shan Monastery, we will pass by this beautiful Buddha statue
– Plover Cove Reservoir, relax at the dam and enjoy the sunset

This is a five hours tour finishing at Tai Po Market MTR station. If this tour is combined with Private Kowloon Tour, we will consider this as a four hours tour.

Booking Information

Tour Fee: HKD 400 per hour for a group of 2. Additional HKD 50 per hour for each additional person. Kids younger than 13 travels free! 1 hour is added for Hotel Pickup (except Airport Hotels), 1.5 hour is added for meeting at Airport Arrival Hall (and Airport Hotels).

Itinerary: The actual itinerary may be adjusted to reflect the opening hours of the attractions. We are also happy to adjust the itinerary to your preference as long as it falls within the tour duration.

Luggage Handling: If you need to store your luggage, there is a baggage storage facility next to Arrival Hall A. More information here.

Exclusion: Fee does not include cost of food and transportation.

Weather Cancellation: Please note the tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 8 or red/black rain signal is hoisted. 100% refund it will be provided for weather cancellation.

General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than 7 days in advance. 50% refund otherwise.

Layover City Tour

We know you don’t got much time in Hong Kong so we have designed a tour that cover both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with all the major attractions in it! That way you just need to focus on enjoying your time while in Hong Kong!

If you want to see the more intimate side of the city, you can choose the cottage industries itinerary to see how some people has become the last master of their own trade, or you can choose the subdivided housing itinerary to see how crazy house price forces people to live in inadequate housing.

Itinerary:
– Meet at Hong Kong Station
– Victoria Peak (option to go to the observation deck or Lugard Road)
– Take Peak Tram back to the Financial District
– Visit the Financial District (Government Hill, HSBC, Statue Square, Final Court of Appeal, HKMA)
– Graham Street Market, visit a few food stores at an open air market
– Man Mo Temple, Taoism & a short lesson on the rituals in a Chinese temple
– Lunch at either a traditional tea house, or tasting at several eateries
– Flower Market, history of flower market and Boundary Street
– Bird Market, a Hong Kong flu that shocked the world
– Gold Fish Market, how they survive the high rental price in the center of Mong Kok?

This is a six hours tour finishing at Ladies Market.You can extend this tour by adding:
– Visit several cottage industries in Sai Ying Pun & Sheung Wan (+1 hour)
– Visit a subdivided unit and visit a local wet market in Sham Shui Po (+1 hour)

Layover Lantau Tour

When the Big Buddha was built in 1992, the only way you can get there was taking a ferry to Mui Wo then hike three hours through Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak. Seeing the Big Buddha was as mush a spiritual endeavor as an intensive exercise itself.

Things have changed. Traffic was brought to Lantau Island when the Airport, MTR (subway), and highway were completed in 2005. Then the cable car (Ngong Ping 360) completed in 2006 turned Lantau into a tourist attraction!

With this convenient, Big Buddha is now only a 15 minutes bus & a cable car ride away from the airport!

Itinerary:
– Meet at Tung Chung MTR station
– Take Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Ngong Ping village
– Visit Big Buddha, hear the story of how it was built and the economics of religion in HK
– Po Lin Monastery, Buddism and how architecture is integrated into the belief system
– Take a bus to the Tai O fishing Village
– Chinese lunch near the Tai O fishing village
– Tour around Tai O (Fishing village stilt houses, Tai O heritage Police Station, panoramic view of HK-ZhuHai-Macao Bridge)
– Ferry or Bus back to the city

This is a seven hours tour finishing at Tung Chung MTR station. We take only the single journey (not return) cable car in this tour, click here for more detail.

Booking Information

Tour Fee: HKD 400 per hour for a group of 2. Additional HKD 50 per hour for each additional person. Kids younger than 13 travels free! 1 hour is added for Hotel Pickup (except Airport Hotels), 1.5 hour is added for meeting at Airport Arrival Hall (and Airport Hotels).

Itinerary: The actual itinerary may be adjusted to reflect the opening hours of the attractions. We are also happy to adjust the itinerary to your preference as long as it falls within the tour duration.

Luggage Handling: If you need to store your luggage, there is a baggage storage facility next to Arrival Hall A. More information here.

Exclusion: Fee does not include cost of food and transportation.

Weather Cancellation: Please note the tour may be canceled if typhoon signal 8 or red/black rain signal is hoisted. 100% refund it will be provided for weather cancellation.

General Cancellation: 100% refund will be provided if cancellation is made more than 7 days in advance. 50% refund otherwise.

My Profile

Interests: food (dim sum, street food, dessert), history, social/political issues, nature, nightlife

Occupation: Founder of The Hong Kong Free Tours, Tour guide

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? I would say Lion Rock and Tai Long Wan, these are my favorite places to hike in Hong Kong.

Where have you traveled to? US, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Belize, UK, most of Europe, Taiwan, Japan, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India

Themed Tours

Hong Kong is a Financial Center. Hong Kong is a capitalistic economy within a Communist country. Hong Kong has one of the highest GINI coefficients in the world. Hong Kong is a place where the Wast meets the West. There are many topics that are unique and interesting about Hong Kong. It does not matter what your agenda is, we can organize a themed walking tour (or activities) that fits in your school schedule.

Here are some themes we have done in the past:
– Hong Kong & China Relationship
– Social Inequality and Injustice
– Tour on the History of Hong Kong
– Tour on the Disappearing Handcraft Industries
– Food Tour (Exotic or non-exotic for you)
– Hiking or Biking in Hong Kong

Venue and Logistic Management

Benefiting from our vibrant home, ideas for exhibition space in Hong Kong is limitless. The following is just a short list of venues we have organized events in the past, please feel free to reach out to us with your ideas and we can create something special together! We are committed to deliver a flawless experience to your event participants.


– Hotel Conference Room
– Expo or Exhibition Center
– Innovation Center
– University Lecture Hall
– Co-working Space
– Yacht & cruise ship
– Retail Space

Technical & Operation Support

Our team of seasoned professionals from media to production will ensure your event is executed to the perfection. These are the same people who provide the advise from planning stage to the event day so you know we are not merely contracting your events to different vendors.

Here are some professionals within our team:
– Photographer
– Videographer
– Audio Engineer
– Lighting Programmer
– Producer
– Stage Manager
– Backdrop Productions
– Concierge Team
– Tour Guide

Our Clients

Our success depends on the partnership with and trust from our clients. Here are some clients we have served in the past:

AIA

 

Art-Futures-Group

 

LEO

 

Harley

 

Lush

 

Harley

 

Lecture and Activities

If you have a program or topic in mind, we are also connected with scholars who are more than happy to share their knowledge with students in a lecture settings. Alternatively, we can also arrange a visit to the innovation centers in Hong Kong or an international exchange activities between the income students and local students.

Here are the activities we have done in the past:
– Lecture by scholars
– Company visits
– Visit an innovation center
– Workshop between incoming and local students

Our Clients

Our success depends on the partnership with and trust from our clients. We are honor to have served the following clients in the past:

CISAustralia

 

DBIS

 

DHBW

 

HKU

 

HSBA

 

WTAMU

 

Hong Kong Workcamp

We are connected with different NGOs (Non-Governmental Organization) and Social Enterprises who are making a difference for our home Hong Kong. They once were just like us but decided to step out of their comfort zone and begin the transformation. Come to volunteer with them and get inspired!

Here are the topics covered:
– Farming & Sustainability
– Heritage Preservation
– Poverty & Social Injustice
– Climate Change & Recycling

Workcamp with Locals & Oversea

Our friends at VolTra are as passion as us on international workcamps that connect Hong Kongers to the rest of the world! Please feel free to contact us if you want to do a workcamp together with Hong Kongers at Hong Kong or oversea!

Some countries they have done in the past:
– Taiwan
– Cambodia
– Japan
– Kyrgyzstan

My Profile

Interests: Craft beer, podcasts, TV, museums, hiking

Occupation: All I can tell you is that I work in one of the most iconic buildings in Hong Kong

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, very very rusty German

Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? Kwai Chung Plaza (Kwai Fong MTR station) – There is something about this packed shopping mall filled with tiny boutiques, snack stalls and random shops that creates a unique buzz

Where have you traveled to? Without listing out all the countries I’ve travelled to, my top 5 places so far are: Cuba, Israel, Sri Lanka, Italy, Thailand. And I would like to explore Central Asia region next year!

My Profile

Interests: people and stories, conversation, arts, music, writing, cooking, fitness, wandering around seeing faces

Occupation: Tour Guide / Artist

Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Min-nan, English

Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why?
Yau Ma Tei, Jordan: Neon signs, people, old shops, and dark streets. The true old Hong Kong that is fading away.

Hung Hom, Fan Ling, Tai Po, Yuen Long… Man! There are simply too many. You don’t just pick a favorite spot of your lover. Or do you?

Where have you traveled to? Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Austria, Australia, South Africa

Now everywhere in Hong Kong.

My Profile

Interests: Hiking, Sports, Movie

Occupation: Retired Engineer

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? Sai Kung, because of its beautiful scenery views and delicious seafood

Where have you traveled to? China, Europe, USA, Australia, Japan

My Profile

Interests: Music, Nightlife (place to dance, meet new friends, street food), Exploring new places, nature, social events, creative , social issues and politics

Occupation: Singer-songwriter, Music Producer, Writer

Language: Cantonese, English and Mandarin

Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? Lamma Island, I like to do a ‘social detox’ once in awhile. I’d bring a book, my laptop and a speaker, being in the nature always inspire me to be more creative.

Where have you traveled to? Italy, Spain, Japan, Greece, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Norway, France, United Kingdom, Indonesia

My Profile

Interests: travel, food, sports, history & culture, photoshoot, nightlife

Occupation: Student

Language: Cantonese, English and Mandarin

Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? Repulse Bay. It is easy to reach and there is a court for you to play beach volleyball.

Where have you traveled to? United States, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Sweden, Iceland, Morocco, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand. South America would probably be my next destinations!

10:00am: Financial District

Join our Hong Kong Free Tours to understand what has changed in this beautiful city since the 1997 handover to China. Why did the British gave Hong Kong back to China? What does an average Hong Kong people think about this? You have to understand this place’s history to appreciate its present.

12:30pm: Lunch at Central

Yat Lok – Roast Goose Noodle Soup
Kau Kee – Beef Brisket Noodle
Mak’s Noodle – Wonton Noodle Soup

2:00pm: Western District

If you consider yourself as a traveler but not a tourist, then you will probably like the off the beaten path sights you will see in the western district (Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun): Shark fin trade, paper offering street, and many traditional art and craft that are expected to disappear in the next decade. It is a old community with many stories to be told.

5:00pm: The Victoria Peak

Take Hong Kong Tramway, the historical transportation, from Sheung Wan. The tram will bring you through the financial center and you need to get off at Statue Square. Walk from statue square to the Peak Tram station and get up to The Peak!

7:00pm: Dinner

You can do dinner either at the Peak or back to Central:

The Peak Lookout (The Peak) – Western cuisine. This historic building was once used by the workers to park the sedan chair after they carried someone all the way from Central to the Peak!

Ho Lee Fok (Central) – A popular fusion restaurant among the expats in HK

Lin Heung (Central) – A traditional Chinese restaurant opened for almost 100 years

You can also reference to lunch options

10:00am: Stroll at Tsim Sha Tsim

Take a stroll at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade to enjoy the beautiful Victoria Harbor, take the historic Star Ferry to fully submerge yourselves into the harbor. Make sure you also check out the historic Peninsula Hotel, ChungKing Mansion and Hong Kong Museum of History. If you are the type who can spend three hours in a museum, make sure you do have three hours for Hong Kong Museum of History because it is a very good museum!

12:30pm: Lunch at Mon Kok

Go to YumCha at Langham Place for the Instagrammable Dim Sum lunch or the local food stalls on the top floor of the Fa Yuen Street Sports Centre!

2:00pm: Kowloon Free Tour

Mong Kok is the heart of the hustle and bustle of the local live style. Taking a walk from Mong Kok to Sham Shui Po, you will see the Goldfish market, Flower market, and Birds market are quickly replaced by older and lower income community. Why is this side of the city so different from the prosperity you saw in the Peak? Or is Hong Kong really a prospering city? We answer these questions in the tour.

5:00pm Snack at Sham Shui Po

You really should not leave Sham Shui Po unless you have walked through the Pei Ho Street Market and tried some local delights. Here are a few places we recommend:
San Lung Cakeshop – A old style Chinese pastry shop
Hop Yik Tai – Freshly made rice roll with awesome sauce
Lau Sum Kee Noodle – Handmade egg noodle with beef brisket
Wai Kee Cafe – A special twist on the famous local French toast

8:00pm: Symphony of Light

At 8pm there is the famous Symphony of Light where the buildings would synchronize with music to perform a light show. Please remember the story you have learned in the Kowloon Free Tour when you view the harbor again… Before the light show, you can have a happy hour drink at either Eye Bar at iSquare or Qi Nine Dragons at Prince Tower.

9:00pm Temple Street Night Market

Temple street is a representation of Hong Kong’s local culture. At night, you will see the neon light, claypot restaurants, fortune tellers, karaoke parlor. Everything seem so chaotic yet orderly, making it so Hong Kong on every step of the way…

Hing Kee – We have no idea why this is such a popular claypot rice restaurant, make sure to try the oyster cake too!

艷陽天歌座 (No English name) – This is the oldest karaoke parlor in the area and it is simple a common people night club. Most of the singers in other night clubs has once been trained in this place before moving onto other karaoke parlors in the area, making this the mother of all karaoke parlors!

9:00pm: Hang out in Central

There are SOOO many places you can hang out at Central, let us tell you some obvious and not so obvious ones:

Lan Kwai Fong & Soho – These are the go to places for the tourists, expats, and the rich expat’s kids…

Tai Ping Shan Street – This is an up an coming areas that is lesser known to the locals.

HK Brewcraft – Your dream place in Central if you are into craft beer!

Sevva – If you are all about nice view drinking in the middle of the high rise buildings

9:30am Tung Chung MTR

Because this is a very touristy attraction, we recommend getting to the Tung Chung MTR station early. They open at 10:00am for weekdays and 9:00am for weekend. If you want to make sure you skip part of the line, you can purchase a ticket online before you go.

10:30am: Ngong Ping Village

You should arrive Ngong Ping village around 10:30am when you get off the cable car. You can spend some time in the village but it is a touristy shopping mall, or you can proceed directly to the Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery.

11:30am: Bus 21 to Tai O

Bus 21 will get you to a nice little fishing village in Lantau Island called Tai O (~ 15 minutes ride). We recommend spending sometime in Tai O as this is less touristy and more original to the life of the indigenous people there.

12:30pm: Lunch at Nam Chung

There is a pretty nice restaurant about 10 minutes walk from there you get off Bus 21 at Nam Chung Tsuen. You will need to use a long bridge over a old salt farm in the area. Enjoy the lunch there!

2:00pm: Tai O Fishing Village

There are quite a lot of things for you to see at Tai O. But make sure you try to get lost in the stilt houses and try a few local delicacies (shrimp paste & salted fish) and desserts there. If you still got time, make sure you visit the Tai O Police Station Heritage and the Fu Shan Viewing Point!

4:00pm: Ferry back to Tung Chung

If you do not want to head back to Tung Chung with the same route you are from, take a ferry at Tai O pier. If you are lucky, you may see some pink dolphins that can be found only in Hong Kong! Please make sure you check the ferry schedule as soon as you get to Tai O because they have infrequent schedule.

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Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? Central! I am fascinated by the old and new mixed culture here. You can find a lot of interesting stories even in a small hidden corner.

Where have you traveled to? US, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Europe, Indonesia

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Where is your favorite spot in Hong Kong and why? Sheung Wan. It is truly a good place with an artistic touch and a mix of Chinese and western cultures, primarily because you can find different Chinese temples and a group of expats living there. If you like coffee, good vibes, good food, arts, fashion, café and restaurants where you can lay back, visit Sheung Wan!

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