Hong Kong Pals

‘Meet the Pals’ programme

‘Meet the Pals’ programme

Get local and personal with Hong Kong Pals
Want to find a family-run noodle place that is off the travel-guide radar? Or somewhere quiet to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre?

Come to our visitor centres and talk to a Hong Kong Pal!

Coming from all walks of life, Hong Kong Pals are volunteers who are eager to share their personal recommendations and tips so that visitors can explore Hong Kong like a local.

‘Meet the Pals’ Programme
For insights on special subjects ranging from cemeteries to green tourism, make an appointment for a personal consultation with a Hong Kong Pal at our visitor centres. It is a great way to meet locals with similar interests!

Get hooked on hiking

Get hooked on hiking (Amy Wong & Esther Lau)Need a break from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle? Hop on a minibus or taxi and find yourself in the verdant countryside in the blink of an eye! Three-quarters of Hong Kong’s land area is in fact rural, abound with hiking trails suitable for hikers of all levels. Our pals Amy and Esther have left their footprints on most of these trails and they are more than happy to recommend hikes that will suit your needs and interests.

Chasing butterflies

Chasing butterflies (Terina Ho)Watching butterflies may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you are in Hong Kong, but the fact is, due to its mild climate, the city is a butterfly haven. Records show that Hong Kong has a cumulative total of over 280 butterfly species, many of them classified as rare or very rare. Butterfly enthusiast Terina will show you her precious butterfly photo album, and share with you her favourite spots to admire these dainty, dancing creatures.

Look up – bird watching in Hong Kong

Look up – bird watching in Hong Kong (Alan Cheung)Hong Kong is not only home to more than seven million people, but also a refuge for over 90,000 migratory birds. In addition to the famous Mai Po Marshes, there are many good bird-watching places, including parks in the busy districts of Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Ask Alan, an avid bird watcher, for tips on watching these beautiful winged animals in what appears to be a concrete jungle.

Hong Kong festivals recreated through colourful paper

Hong Kong festivals recreated through colourful paperYou’ll be amazed at what people have come up with using paper during Chinese festivals! From intricate lanterns during Mid-Autumn Festival to colourful flower banners for Tin Hau Festival and even lifelike offerings for ancestors during Ching Ming Festival, creativity has taken paper art to a whole new level. Come and meet Eva, a lover of Chinese handicrafts, and let her tell you where to find traditional paper knick-knacks and the interesting stories behind them.

Exploring Hong Kong history through its cemeteries

KC - Exploring Hong Kong history through its cemeteriesA cemetery may be quiet and solemn, but it can tell you a lot about a city. Talk to KC, a guide for Hong Kong Cemetery Walk, to learn more about these resting places of souls that are silent bearers of Hong Kong’s local customs, beliefs and multicultural characteristics.

Appreciating revitalised historic buildings

Canny - Appreciating revitalised historic buildingsOne beautiful feature in Hong Kong’s cityscape is the juxtaposition of buildings old and new. Learn to appreciate Hong Kong’s historical buildings and the uncanny congruity between them and their sky-scraping neighbours with Canny, an urban designer by profession. She will also give you some ideas on where to eat after a tour to the heritage sites.

Real treasures in Sham Shui Po

Earnest - Real treasures in Sham Shui Po If you are curious about the grassroots lifestyle of Hong Kong people, and at the same time interested in value-for-money electronic goods and clothes, Sham Shui Po is the place for you. Ernest will not only offer you tips on finding little treasures in the district, but also tell you how these treasures connect with the everyday lives of the local people.

Sai Kung, the back garden of Hong Kong

Winna - Sai Kung, the back garden of Hong KongSai Kung offers a welcome breather for urban denizens, with its pristine beaches and hiking trails, dainty cafes and relaxing bars, and fresh ‘sea-to-table’ seafood. Winna is more than willing to share with you her favourite eateries, and how to order seafood like a local. She will also be able to tell you a thing or two about the local historical sites and the culture of this ‘seafood town’.

Take stunning photos of Hong Kong

Sanford - Take stunning photos of Hong KongThere is an end to every journey but the photographs of it last forever. Sit down with Sanford and Michael, two camera buffs with keen eyes for capturing the charm of Hong Kong. They will show you their own works and offer tips on getting the best shots in photogenic Hong Kong.

Chinese festive foods and culture

Alice - Chinese festive foods and cultureMoon cakes are for the Mid-Autumn Festival while rice dumplings are for the Dragon Boat Festival. But why? Let Alice tell you all the love stories, historical events, myths and symbolic meanings behind Chinese festive fare. What’s more, she will tell you where to try them!

Eat with the locals, like a local

Johnson - Eat with the locals, like a localWith over 12,000 restaurants to choose from, you may want some help to decide where to begin your gastronomic journey in the culinary capital of Asia, especially if you feel like eating like a local. Feel free to ask avid foodie Johnson for recommendations on the cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafes), Chinese noodle shops and street food stalls that the locals cherish. Be prepared to gain a few pounds though!

Travel through time and space on an escalator

Travel through time and space on an escalatorTravellers looking for eccentric unique urban experience should not miss the Central-to-Mid-Levels Escalator, the world’s longest covered outdoor escalator. It takes you on a long ride across several main streets to SoHo, a neighbourhood of hip restaurants and shops with traces of old Hong Kong. Agnes will share with you some of the history of the areas near the escalator and let you know how to uncover hidden gems as you saunter along the zigzag streets of the Mid-Levels.