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Bill S.

To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Safely Experience The Streets of Hong Kong With An Accomplished Artist, Professional Photographer and One of ToursByLocals Most Highly Rated Hong Kong Guides. . .

Greetings Fellow Travelers,
Welcome to Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient!

Allow me to share with you the finest ways to experience all facets of this truly magnificent city, culturally, historically and visually, just as we locals do; 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 neighborhood of Kowloon called To Kwa Wan for 16 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 650+ premium private tours to date. 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 historical 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 a knowledge that I acquired long before I started preparations to offer premium guide services. Knowledge I acquired when my Dad had offices 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 nightlife, 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 skills a 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 local 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 historical dots in an engaging and user-friendly manner.

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 historical 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 demeanor and the highest standard of client service professionalism.

Important: I put the highest priority on protecting my clients and conducting my tours safely. If you have any questions concerning the current travel safety situation in Hong Kong, feel free to ask.

Warm regards from Hong Kong!


A Recent Review of this guide

Bill customized our tour so we could make the most of the one day we had to see the highlights of Hong Kong. He was informed and considerate of our concerns related to the corona virus crisis in China. Our tour was adapted with use of a private car versus public transportation. Bill is well read and a wealth of information. He was flexible in adding some shopping stops as well. You will enjoy your visit to Hong Kong with Bill as your guide.
Sandra Crawford

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Resident of Hong Kong 17+ years.
Lived 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 License TG12434 issued by Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.
Active First Aid Certification Hong Kong Red Cross
Retired International Lawyer and Overseas Office Managing Partner, BA, JD, LLM
Featured in Hong Kong's Apple News Daily (William, an American who knows his way around Hong Kong like a native Hong Konger)
600+ Premium Private Tours Performed to Date.
Tours By Locals Guide On-Boarding Team (2018-2020).
Tours By Locals Night Tour recently featured in June 2019 issue of American Airlines Inflight Magazine.


I am not a commercial driver. However, I can engage a late model air conditioned car or van with driver at reasonable cost, if required.

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