My name is Michael and I am the founder of The Hong Kong Free Tours.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong but I also spent a long time abroad. Once in a while, someone would ask me for any tips before he traveled to Hong Kong, I was never able to give many good suggestions beyond the major attractions. Feeling compel to better represent my identity, I started to visit every tourist spot in Hong Kong whenever I returned to visit my family. Eventually I realize the history of Hong Kong was never written from a local perspective: it was first the British and now the Chinese.
After spending twelve years as an actuary, I decided to quit my job and do something more meaningful. I was fascinated by the idea and popularity of Free Walk Tours in Europe so I decided to do it in Hong Kong. At first it was my passion that started this business, but it was a mission that carries us to where we are today: The more tours we do, the more we felt the responsibility to tell the stories of Hong Kong from the Hong Konger’s perspective.
Hence our motto – Hong Kong Stories, Told by Hong Kong People.
"Can't recommend enough"Reviewed 6 September 2019
Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
I tried booking a while ago but unfortunately there were no more adventurous people that wanted to join the tour that night. So I took the leap and splurged for a private tour. It was the best money I spent in my 5 days in HK!!!! Michael is super friendly and most important knowledgeable. He did not tire from all my questions and you can easily tell he has the know and the passion. I highly recommend this particular tour because if you are interested in the local culture, and food is the way to go about it, you need Micael to guide you. I hope to return one day!
"Uncensored and that little bit more."Reviewed 11 August 2019
Durham, United Kingdom
Last minute decision to go along on this tour this morning and so glad I did. Michael who was the tour guide and also founder was brilliant. Not your usual tour but for me it was everything I had wanted and more. If you haven’t been to HK before or have but want to know it’s history post WWII then this is your tour. With current civil unrest ongoing this gives you the insight to understand why. Michael was able to keep the tour both meaningful and light. I can’t recommend this tour enough and even if you are not going to Hong Kong maybe spend a few minutes to look at the struggle the people here face and why it is there are protests. In our own country people have protested over Brexit and Climate those arrested are often released or given warnings. Here you could face a maximum of 10 years in prison for just saying you disagree and want democracy in your country. The discussion and the story told was balanced though, several view points were discussed but one thing rang true. When people work together, when people take time out of their lives to help/support others, then there can be positive change. Thanks you for the tour.