Greetings Fellow Travellers,
Welcome to Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient!
Allow me to share with you the best ways to experience all facets of this truly magnificent city, culturally, historically and visually, just as a local does; so that when we are finished, you will be able to confidently and knowledgeably relate the modern story of Hong Kong as an inquisitive and well informed cultural traveler.
I'm an American of Asian descent and I have lived as a local in an old neighbourhood of Kowloon called To Kwa Wan for almost 15 years. I spent substantial amounts of time here on business and pleasure over the years following my earliest visits in the 1970s and witnessed the evolution of this city as well as the rest of North and South East Asia over the past 40 years.
I am also a retired international lawyer with strong Asian roots and I have reinvented myself as a professional artist, urban street photographer and a street savvy premium Hong Kong guide. I have performed 300 premium tours to date and only began listing on ToursByLocals in early 2017. My artwork and photography have been featured on prominent American and international websites for almost a decade and I sell prints to collectors from all over the world.
I have literally spent thousands of hours walking the streets of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and Old Macau, camera in hand, searching for all manner of intriguing people, local points of interest, fine eateries and the wonders of Cantonese street culture in all of its curious manifestations.
In my preparations to serve as your premium guide, I have also logged countless of hours engaging in cultural and historic research of pre-colonial, colonial and modern day Hong Kong. I pride myself in being a keen social observer, an artist/entertainer, a lover of good food and a culturally intelligent human being.
Much of my knowledge of Hong Kong is knowledge that I acquired long before I started preparations to offer premium guide services. Knowledge I acquired when my Dad had an office here in the 1970s and I visited during summer breaks, living in an old Chinese neighborhood in a 'Chinese style' building, interacting with family and relatives in Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau, observing local holidays and traditions, relishing all manner of local cuisine and night life, wandering and exploring the many old urban and rural neighborhoods as a raw street photographer and just being a curious and alert cultural observer.
I have spent a lifetime perfecting my skills as an exceptional oral communicator and I have redirected these skills to sharing my unique portfolio of local knowledge and experience with maximum efficacy.
I have plenty of intriguing Hong Kong facts and anecdotes to share with each and every one of you. It is one thing to blather on about the much touted "hidden gems" of the universe, it is quite another to put in the requisite elbow grease to build and share a comprehensive framework connecting the multitude of cultural and historic dots in an engaging and user friendly fashion.
Hence, my mission can be encapsulated as follows: To provide all of my clients with an entertaining, deeply informative and street savvy premium travel experience ultimately leading to cherished memories, a portfolio of stunning on-tour photographs, an urge for further cultural and historic investigation and a strong desire to return to this fascinating city that I will call my home for many years to come.
All of my premium tour engagements are performed soulfully by me. Accordingly, you can expect the utmost attention to detail in preparation, proactive communication, positive attitude and demeanour and the highest standards of best practices and client service professionalism. Most importantly, I guarantee that you will have a highly memorable and entertaining experience as well as a trusted friend in Asia for life.
See You On tour!
A Recent Review of this guide
Great experience highly recommended but must have Bill as guide
Resident of Hong Kong 15 years.
Lived, studied and/or worked for substantial periods in the following global cities: NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, London, Warsaw, Kobe, Singapore, Shanghai and Bangkok.
Master Digital Artist and Professional Photographer (i.e., people from around the globe purchase my works).
Tourist Guide Licence TG12434 issued by Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.
Active First Aid Certification Hong Kong Red Cross
Retired International Lawyer, BA, JD, LLM
Feature article in Hong Kong's Apple News Daily (William, an American who knows his way around Hong Kong like a true local)
300 premium Tours Performed to Date.
I am not a commercial driver. I can engage a private car and driver if required.