Chasing Rainbows 🌈

A Quest for the most colourful Instagram-Worthy Spots in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a secret – it’s a treasure trove of Instagram-worthy, rainbow-infused spots that are as elusive as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. In honour of the Gay Games and Pride Month in November, and the recent news that one of our most favourite public housing estates, Choi Hung, may be redeveloped – we invite you to embark on a whimsical adventure in search of these vibrant rainbow inspired landmarks.

🌈 The Chromatic Resplendence of Choi Hung Estate 🏢

Our journey begins at the famous Choi Hung Estate, a neighborhood that could give the world’s most vivid rainbows a run for their money. This 1960’s public housing estate won awards back in the early days for its architectural design, and was the largest housing estate ever built at the time.

Choi Hung rainbow estate

More recently, the vivid colours of the estate, painted in the seven rainbow shades, has become a beloved landmark in Hong Kong with the popularity of Instagram and the rise in grass roots experiences – we even have this iconic location listed on our Instagram tour itinerary. Its charming buildings, each awash in a different hue, make it an Instagrammer’s paradise. Why is it called Choi Hung (彩虹)…. because in Cantonese this means “rainbow”!

🚇 All Aboard the Rainbow Express at Choi Hung MTR Station 🌟

Choi Hung MTR Station stood among the initial stations unveiled to the public during the inaugural phase of Hong Kong’s underground transportation system, 1st October 1979.

Rainbows in Hong Kong Choi Hung

Every MTR station is designated a distinct wall-tile colour for easy identification, in fact, you can make visiting and photographing them another game all by itself! But without question, the most photographed MTR station of them all, is Choi Hung, with its navy blue livery and rainbow coloured stripes.

By the way, we love this MTR station inspired puzzle from Lion Rock Press, and the bonus is, its double sided!!!!

🏫 The Rainbow School Building in Lok Wah Estate

The Lok Sin Tong Yeung Chung Ming Primary School is a little hard to spot, although this is a great view from another Instagram favourite location – the Lok Wai South Estate car park. The beautiful rainbow colours speak volumes when you learn that their school motto is “Benevolence, Love, Diligence and Sincerity”.

Rainbow Lok Wah Estate

🌆 The AIA Central Building: Lighting Up the Sky with Pride

The AIA Central building stands on Victoria Harbour at the junction of Murray Road and Connaught Road, Central. Its inception dates back to 2005 when it was known as the AIG Tower, featuring an architectural design artfully mirroring the silhouette of a sail from a traditional Chinese junk boat. The architects, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) also designed the Sears Tower in Chicago, Canary Wharf in London and a nearby neighbour; the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

rainbow buildings Hong Kong

The east side of the building, facing Murray Road, is where its vertical fins illuminate in a spectrum of rainbow colours after nightfall. According to the Tourism Commission, at the top of AIA Central is one of the most powerful LED video displays in Asia, with high-resolution video capacities utilising over 281 trillion RGB colours and advanced graphics processing. Quite substantial and a reason why this building stands out as part of the nightly light and sound visual extravaganza, The Symphony of Lights. Watch the iconic Hong Kong skyline light up, and in various location, dance to music! Best vantage points are the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

🌟 Unveiling the Rainbow Unicorn Room at The Fullerton Hotel 🦄

Unicorns are elusive creatures, and so are the Rainbow Unicorn Rooms at The Fullerton Hotel!!

A firm favourite for kids and unicorn lovers alike, and bonus points for being next door to another one of Hong Kong’s brilliant new attractions, Ocean Park’s outdoor water park, WaterWorld.

New Addition: 🌊 The Splash of Color at Ocean Park Water World 🌈

If you are making this a game, what better way to start than at the WaterWorld Rainbow slide!

🍞 The Magic of Rainbow Toast at Kala Toast 🌈

Ka La Rainbow Toast Hong Kong

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Kala Toast for their renowned Rainbow Toastie. This little food outlet went viral back in 2016 and upscaled their tiny shop in Tsuen Wan (where the image was taken) to landing a prime spot in the Peak Tower at Hong Kong’s tourism “must-do”, Victoria Peak. This deliciously colourful treat combines the joy of a rainbow with the comfort of toast, and combining layers of tomato, basil and lavender flavoured cheeses.

Embrace your inner rainbow chaser and embark on this magical quest throughout Hong Kong. Whether you’re a seasoned Instagrammer or just someone looking for a little fun and whimsy, these landmarks will add a splash of colour to your adventure 🌈✨

Hong Kong New Year Harbour Cruise 2024

It’s that time of year again! Book now to ring in 2024 in Hong Kong on our New Year Cruise 🎉🥂!

🎉 Countdown to 2024 in Style

Don’t miss out on the most extraordinary New Year’s Eve celebration Hong Kong has to offer. Secure your spot, and let’s welcome 2024 in unparalleled style! 🎆🥂

Ready to make memories that will last a lifetime? Secure your spot where a first-class experience awaits. This unforgettable journey is priced at HK $2,500 per person and includes the free-flow of drinks and a festive set menu.

Hong Kong Fireworks Cruises Victoria Harbour

Join us for the most exclusive celebration of the year, the Hong Kong New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Victoria Harbour – guaranteed the best seats in town! Board our intimate and exclusive 70ft yacht, enjoy the open-bar hospitality, hearty food menu, the fantastic night view and the magnificent New Year’s Eve fireworks with less than 40 people.

Fireworks Cruises Tours & New Years Parties

🥂 Raise Your Glass to Free-Flow Fun

As we set sail from Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter at 8:30pm, you’ll enjoy a festive appetizer menu that sets the mood for the night. But that’s not all; our open-bar hospitality ensures your glass is never empty. Sip on Prosecco, mulled wine, red and white wine, beer, gin, vodka, Aperol, mixers, soft drinks, juices, tea, and coffee – all included in the package.

Fireworks Cruises Tours & New Years Parties

🎇 The Best Seats in Town for Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Picture this: You, on the LazyDays Elephant, an exclusive yacht with a 40-person capacity, plenty of indoor space, and a delectable festive food and drinks menu that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. This 4-hour free-flow voyage is your ticket to an unforgettable evening of celebration.

Fireworks Cruises Tours & New Years Parties

🌃 A Night to Remember

As the clock ticks closer to midnight, soak in the fantastic night views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. Feel the electric energy building up all around you as the city prepares to welcome 2024 with a bang.

Fireworks Cruise Hong Kong

The highlight of the evening? You guessed it! Witness a dazzling display of fireworks that will light up the sky and your heart. We’ll cruise back to the pier at 12:30am, concluding an unforgettable night.

New Year cruise

Click on the book now button for all the menu and drinks information. Strictly adults only.

Amy Overy Shines Spotlight on the Future of Tourism on TVB Pearl Magazine

📢 Exciting News! Amy Overy, Founder of Hong Kong Greeters, Discusses the Future of Tourism on TVB Pearl Magazine

We are delighted to share that Amy Overy, the visionary behind Hong Kong Greeters, recently made an appearance on TVB Pearl Magazine to delve into the ever-evolving landscape of the post-COVID tourism industry. In this engaging interview, she offered valuable insights into a range of topics that are shaping the future of travel and tourism in Hong Kong.

Changing Visitor Preferences
One of the key points highlighted during the interview was the shift in visitor preferences in a post-pandemic world. With a focus on safety, unique experiences, and authentic connections, tourists are seeking more personalized and immersive journeys. Amy discussed how Hong Kong Greeters is at the forefront of catering to these evolving needs by providing customized and memorable experiences for travelers.

Training Challenges
Amy also touched upon the challenges faced by the tourism industry in training and nurturing talents. She emphasized the importance of equipping tour guides with the skills and knowledge required to offer exceptional experiences. Hong Kong Greeters, under Amy’s leadership, has been actively involved in addressing these challenges and providing high-quality training programs for guides.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Additionally, the interview shed light on the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, a vital part of Hong Kong’s tourism infrastructure. Amy discussed its significance in attracting cruise passengers and the potential it holds for further enriching the tourism experience in the city.

We are incredibly grateful to Melissa Gecolea and TVB for their support in promoting the growth and development of the tourism industry. Their dedication to highlighting industry insights and trends helps create a brighter future for Hong Kong tourism.

For those interested in English-speaking tour guide training courses, the interview also unveiled essential information about upcoming training dates in the industry. If you are interested in becoming a tour guide, please email

To watch the full interview and stay informed about the latest developments in Hong Kong tourism, follow the link below:

📺 Watch the Interview on TVB Pearl Magazine

Thank you for being part of the journey to discover the vibrant world of Hong Kong tourism!

#HongKongTourism #TVBPearlMagazine #DiscoverHongKong #HKTB

The Fiery Return of the Tai Hang Fire Dragon

A Living Piece of Hong Kong’s Cultural Heritage

In the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling city life, an ancient tradition is set to ignite the night with its fiery brilliance. After a hiatus since 2020, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is returning, bringing with it the energy and vibrancy that has made this event a cornerstone of the city’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations for over a century.

Fire Dragon

Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Origins of the Tai Hang Fire Dragon

The tradition of the Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang has its roots firmly planted in the late 19th century. Legend has it that the Tai Hang village, originally a small Hakka fishing settlement, was plagued by a series of calamities, including a devastating plague and typhoon. In an attempt to dispel the misfortune, a village elder suggested performing a Fire Dragon Dance and setting off firecrackers during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The villagers heeded the advice, crafting a dragon from straw and covering it in incense sticks, which they then lit. The dance was a success, and the plague vanished from Tai Hang. The Fire Dragon Dance then became an integral part of the annual celebrations, growing in grandeur year after year.

The Fire Dragon Dance Today

After a pause since 2020, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is making its much-anticipated comeback. The dragon, an awe-inspiring sight stretching over 67 meters long and adorned with around 30,000 incense sticks, is brought to life by over 300 performers. These skilled dancers maneuver the dragon through the narrow streets of Tai Hang, in a parade that lasts for three nights during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The atmosphere during the dance is electric, filled with the scent of burning incense, the rhythm of drums and cymbals, and the cheer of the crowds.

This year the festival will take place from 28th – 30th September. Be sure to secure your spot by 6pm each evening to see the incredible skills of the dancers and the heady atmosphere of this one-off occasion.

Cultural Significance

In 2011, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance was inscribed onto China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage, a testament to its significant role in Hong Kong’s cultural history.

The dance is not merely a spectacle but a symbol of the enduring sense of community in Tai Hang. Preparation for the event begins months in advance, with the older generation imparting the tradition and know-how to the younger ones, ensuring the dance’s survival and continuity.

Experience the Magic

The return of the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance marks a significant moment, a rekindling of a tradition that embodies the spirit of Hong Kong’s rich cultural heritage. As the dragon dances under the moonlight, amidst the riot of light and sound, one can’t help but be swept up in the magic of the moment.

Whether you’re a local or a traveler seeking to immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s cultural tapestry, the comeback of the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is an event that you must not miss.

Hong Kong Greeters will be running a Tai Hang Fire Dragon Experience + Teacake Masterclass on 26th August for The Australian Association of Hong Kong if you would like to know more about this wonderful event.

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

It’s that time of year again! We are preparing for an early Lunar New Year, observed from 22nd January – 25th January 2023. We will be saying goodbye to the Year of the Water Tiger, and welcoming in the Water Rabbit. (Of particular importance to this tour guide as her eldest will complete his first 12-year cycle, having been born in 2011).

CNY Rabbit 2023

If you fancy learning a more about the preparation involved for the Lunar New Year, and to understand what goes on during this auspicious period in the Chinese calendar, we have teamed up with the brilliant owner of @explore_hongkong on Instagram, who also happens to be a licenced tour guide and very good friend of Hong Kong Greeters!

Join us in Mong Kok on 7th and 14th January or 8th and 15th in Sheung Wan / Wan Chai to see what she and her family will be getting for their Reunion Dinner, decorations for their home including flowers plus the DO’s and DON’T’s for the celebrations. Limited to 5 people per tour only.

Lunar New Year Group Tour of Mong Kok – HK $520 per person including noodle stop and tea.

Lunar New Year Group Tour of Sheung Wan – HK $580 per person including dim sum and tea.

Follow @explore_hongkong below if you don’t already.

Host, roast & toast onboard a Christmas cruise!

Join us for a Christmas harbour cruise this season onboard the LazyDays Junk. Enjoy the first-class experience which includes a 30-person capacity, plenty of indoor space and their delectable festive food and drinks menu. This 4-hour free-flow voyage is HK $790* per person.

You can expect a full festive set menu, which includes roasting your turkey freshly onboard, plus free-flow drinks whilst you view this year’s Christmas lights display, or cruise to more peaceful areas of Hong Kong. Perfect for year end work parties or gathering with friends and family. 

Available: Weekdays & evenings throughout November and December. 
Time: 4-hours between 10am to 6pm or evening 7pm to 11pm
Pick up point: Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Cost: HK$790 per person
Inclusive of free-flow drinks and festive set menu
– Prosecco
– selection of wines
– beers and soft drinks

*Menu customisations available at additional cost per person, e.g. canapés, champagne, mulled wine or spiced apple welcome drinks, mince pies etc
*Surcharges apply for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

*minimum 25 pax

Christmas cruise menu 2021
Thanksgiving cruise menu 2021