7 Cool and Quirky Hong Kong Wedding Venues

Hong Kong has so many stunning and classic wedding venue options, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique and unusual, here’s our pick of 7 cool or quirky venues for you to consider. These wedding venues range from the breathlessly chic to the uniquely bonkers. Options include a bohemian beach wedding, slightly cheesy themed wedding venues and iconic Hong Kong spots. Which one will you choose?

view from sky100 hong kongCelebrate your Wedding Day on Cloud 9

If you want to literally be on cloud 9 on your wedding day, how about a wedding in Hong Kong’s tallest building? Sky100 is located inside the ICC in Kowloon and offers floor to ceiling windows to take in the panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

They offer various packages including a wedding cocktail, luncheon or dinner. Contact Sky100 here for further information.

hong kong star ferryA Fairytale, or rather a Ferrytale Hong Kong Wedding

In a fast-paced, ever changing city, the Star Ferry is one of the few constants. So, we love, love, love that you can book one of Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry boats for your nuptials with Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s stellar skyscrapers as your backdrop.

Here’s to plain sailing and years of happiness!

Click here to find out more about our founder, Amy Overy’s star turn on the Star Ferry. She recently broadcast a live segment on UK’s This Morning.

snoopy world hong kong weddingHave you settled on a wedding theme….park yet?

If you’re a fan of Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown et al, then you’re might be interested in celebrating your big day at Snoopy’s World. This pint sized theme park is located at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. Alternatively, if you’re not a Snoopy aficionado, you can instead make enquiries with Ocean Park or Disney World Hong Kong, as they also offer wedding packages.

macdonalds wedding hong kongSuper Sized Wedding

Go big or go home. At time of writing, Hong Kong is currently the only place in the world to offer a McDonald’s wedding.

Although this quirky Hong Kong wedding venue will perhaps not be to everyone’s taste, it is a cheerful and cost-effective option and it’s certainly unusual.

Find out more and make your booking here. Instead of a Happy Meal, perhaps you can order a Happily Forever After Meal?

White WeddingWhite Chapel Hong Kong triangular glass

If you’re looking for a nice place for a white wedding, consider the the beautiful White Chapel at Auberge. It is located in Discovery Bay on Lantau Island.

You’ll love its’ diamond shaped glass window panes, crisp white walls, clean lines and sea view backdrop. This is a pretty spectacular setting for you to tie the knot. For enquiries, click here.

cheung sha beach hong kong Life’s a Beach

Hong Kong is surrounded by water, so if you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, look no further. Bathers is located at 32, Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, Hong Kong

With this al fresco wedding venue, you can get married with the wind in your hair and the sand between your toes. And of course there’s always the possibility that a local buffalo may put stroll by and photobomb your wedding photos.

jumbo restaurant hong kong wedding venueHave a Jumbo Wedding – Maybe?

If a wedding out on the water floats your boat, then check out Jumbo. Although, at time of writing it is closed until further notice, we really hope that Hong Kong icon, Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant will get back on its feet eventually.

Established in the 70’s, this is an incredibly photogenic option, with a side order of nostalgia. Our fingers and toes are firmly crossed that Jumbo will be back in action eventually. Recent media reports suggest it will reopen. Here are links to Jumbo’s website and a recent news article suggesting they will reopen.

If you are interested in arranging a tour for any members of your wedding party in the run up to your wedding, we’d love to hear from you. Otherwise, if you fancy exploring one or two of Hong Kong slightly quirkier attractions, why not check out A Sky Full of Gods and Buddhas or 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

Ride a Magic Carpet: Hong Kong Children’s Books

These Hong Kong children’s books will transport your kids, as if by magic carpet, to the hustle and bustle of our great city from wherever in the world you are. Read on for our top pick of Hong Kong books for little readers.

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Hong Kong Board & Picture Books

goodnight Hong Kong childrens booksGood Night Hong Kong

Sleep deprived new parents, this one is just for you!

Good Night Hong Kong is a gentle book, designed to help lull your little ones to sleep, which sounds like a winning formula to us.

Along the way, they will ‘visit’ many of Hong Kong’s most famous landmarks treating your favourite younglings to moonlit tour of our city.

Hong Kong ABC

This sturdy board book has to be the perfect Hong Kong gift for the little people in your life and makes a refreshing change from the more standard Apple, Book, Cup kind of ABC books.

As you can see from the front cover, the A B C’s are Hong Kong. Didn’t you know that P is for Panda, J is for Junk Boat and D is for Dim sum?

colourful hong kong kids books

This is Hong Kong

This is Hong Kong is a classic volume that would be a welcome addition to any child’s bookshelf.

Late author Miroslav Sasek, released a series of This is books featuring various cities. The Hong Kong book was said to be one of his favourites.

In particular, we love the gorgeously nostalgic and colourful illustrations in this hardback.

The Mermaid and the Pink Dolphin

Did you know that Hong Kong’s waters are home to endangered pink dolphins? Although mermaids are nigh on impossible to spot, pink dolphins can often be seen playing in our waters, particularly around South Lantau.

The Mermaid and the Pink Dolphin was Written and illustrated by Theadora Whittington. This story introduces young readers to Hong Kong’s pink dolphins and their plight. As an added bonus, the book is endorsed by the WWF.

The Shadow in the Moon

Every year, Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated across China. The Shadow in the Moon follows a grandmother telling the legend of Chang-E to her grand daughter. Then they enjoy eating traditional mooncakes together. In case you’ve never heard of Mid-Autumn festival, you can read our guide to Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong.

Other children’s books that we love, which are not so widely available outside Hong Kong, included Sarah Brennan’s Chinese Calendar Tales with a hilarious rhyming tale for each zodiac animal and Lost in Hong Kong by Matthew Cooper. Newcomer Suzanne Younan has released two books about Willy the eco-friendly green dragon and last but not least, not to forget Ellen Wy Leou books about Lulu the Hong Kong Cat.

More Magic Carpet Rides to Hong Kong

We are now offering Virtual Tours or if you would rather stick with books, check out our Hong Kong coffee table book recommendations and also Macau book and movie recommendations.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Hong Kong with Us

Yes, you read that right. It’s now possible to take a virtual tour of Hong Kong with Hong Kong Greeters. We always like to think we’re ahead of the curve and in this case we’ve been working on getting this up and running since last year, pre-pandemic. Moreover, we’re thrilled to be offering this top drawer virtual experience through the brand new Amazon Explore. As Amazon Explore is currently only available to the US market, we are able to offer separate virtual tours via Zoom to our customers based elsewhere.

The Amazon Explore Virtual Tour of Hong Kong

This is a live-streamed tour. You will be able to see your guide, chat to them, indicate things that interest you along the way and also take photos. This experience is now available in a group or private tour format.

However, your guide won’t be able to see you, so you don’t need to worry about what to wear! You also don’t need to remember to put on sunscreen or mosquito repellant. Equally, there is no need to carry heavy rucksacks through the humid streets of Hong Kong.

For an Optimal User Experience

  • Suitable for desktop or laptop (not for tablet or phone).
  • Internet speed 5 mbps minimum.
  • Headphone or speakers.

What you’ll see and learn

  • Virtually tour the Sheung Wan district and learn about the start of colonial Hong Kong
  • Visit the Pak Sing and Man Mo Temples
  • See the Mid-Levels Escalator and Tai Kwun complex

“Let’s show you where it all began on this old town Hong Kong tour. We’ll trace the steps of Hong Kong’s beginnings, where traditional Chinese temples and colonial era buildings have been repurposed, blending trends and traditions. Starting at Possession Point, where the British first landed and raised their flag to take possession of Hong Kong, we’ll move through the low-rise and leafy streets of Sheung Wan where you’ll enjoy learning about the cultural landmarks from the city’s colonial past. We’ll also visit bustling temples heavy with incense smoke, enjoy a few ghost stories, and see how Hong Kong has developed whilst stubbornly interweaving its traditions as it has moved forwards into modern day.”

US Customers

For the time being the Amazon Explore experiences are only available to the US market… That’s right, if you’re in the USA, you can now visit Hong Kong from the comfort of your armchair. Our private virtual tour lasts 75 minutes and takes you through the fascinating old neighborhood of Sheung Wan.


Rest of the World

Although our tours via Amazon Explore are only available to US customers, we are able to arrange alternative Hong Kong Greeters virtual tour experiences for customers anywhere in the world via Zoom.


See link above for booking via Zoom, you will need to check how many hours ahead of/behind Hong Kong you are to find the equivalent time in your location. 


Our zoom-based tours are more flexible and can be customised in terms of location and length. Moreover, they are suitable for both individuals or larger groups such as schools. To discuss options, please get in touch with us directly. CONTACT US

Alternatively, you can armchair travel to Hong Kong with these gorgeous coffee table books, or to neighbouring Macau with our Macau Bookshelf.

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Top Tips for Visiting Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak (or just “The Peak”) is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent tourist highlights, and a must-visit destination for visitors and locals alike. Towering over Hong Kong at 552 metres above sea level, people have been flocking to its summit for decades to capture one of the world’s most awe-inspiring cityscapes from Hong Kong Island’s highest point. We’ve picked our must-see spots on The Peak for those looking to enjoy a more in-depth exploration of the area with the whole family in tow.

The Peak Galleria

Peak GalleriaAs it also houses the bus station, most guests arriving at The Peak will enter the Peak Galleria shopping mall as they alight. Operated by Hang Lung Properties, the Galleria underwent a huge refurbishment in 2019 and is now (almost!) totally reopened.

It is well worth a visit – if only to use best public toilets available in the area! 

Peak Galleria Playground

boy on yellow slide at peak galleria playgroundThe state-of-the-art new Peak Galleria playground on level one features slides and climbing apparatus galore. Situated outside on level one, this play area boasts fantastic panoramas across to Cheung Chau and Lantau Island, with ample seating spots for parents to enjoy the views.

Suitable for children aged from four to 12, we’d recommend visiting earlier in the day, as the sun can be pretty ferocious after lunch. 

Build-a-Bear Workshop

This famous American toy brand now has its own Hong Kong outpost at the Galleria, where kids can create their very own friend or build a unique Hong Kong souvenir. The Workshop is open daily from 11am-8pm and no advance booking is required.

Observation Deck

Peak Galleria Observation deckThere are plenty of viewing points at Victoria Peak, but the Galleria’s newly refurbished rooftop is one of our favourites. Best of all, it’s completely free! Just keep following the escalators upwards. You can’t miss it.

Tai Cheong Bakery

This famous Hong Kong bakery has outlets all around Hong Kong; their newest is located on level two of the Peak Galleria. Their freshly-baked egg tarts really are melt-in-the-mouth and are an enticing pitstop for any visit to the Peak.

Egg tarts are a big deal in Hong Kong, find out more about them here.

Monopoly Dreams

monopoly dreams hong kongThis is a brand new attraction for Hong Kong and an Instagrammer’s dream come true!

You can read all about Monopoly Dreams here in our dedicated blog post.

Peak Tower

The Peak TowerThe Peak’s most-visited building is home to the Peak Tram station, along with many retail, and food and beverage outlets. You’ll find a Madame Tussauds waxwork museum and one of our family friendly Hong Kong restaurant recommendations. The Sky Terrace is another great viewing spot, however there is a charge to visit this. 

Walk a little further

Most visitors stick to the developed area near the bus and tram terminuses and don’t venture further. However, if you’ve got a little time and energy to spare, there are a couple of short strolls that are less crowded and well worth your while. Obviously if you have a lot of time and bags of energy there are more strenuous hikes to enjoy around Hong Kong.

The Peak Circuit

Leave the Peak terminus behind you and take a right onto Lugard Road. You’ll find that this circular walk is pleasant, easy, mostly in the shade. Approximately 4km long, this leisurely walk takes around 1.5 hours. There are several view points, some crazy banyan trees and you’ll also pass the supposedly haunted Dragon Lodge.

Mount Austin

Walking uphill from The Peak’s main piazza area, head up to Mount Austin for a family friendly picnic spot and playground. This area was redeveloped in 2007 and encompasses the gardens of the former Mountain Lodge, which was the Governor of Hong Kong’s summer house up until 1946. You’ll also find the excellent Mount Austin playground just here. 

Mount Austin Playground

Something of a rarity in Hong Kong, Mount Austin Playground features a safely enclosed space in which you can spend time as a family. The park has play equipment for children from two to 12 years, and plenty of paths for scooters and bikes. Another rarity – plenty of inviting lawned spaces that are perfect for picnics or even an alfresco birthday party!

Victoria Peak Gardens

Victoria Peak Gardens pagodaRight at Victoria Peak’s summit –  also known as Mount Austin – you’ll find Victoria Peak Gardens. These include beautiful landscaped gardens that once formed part of Mountain Lodge, the Governor’s summer residence which was demolished in 1946.

Some remnants such as steps and tiles remain from the 2007 refurbishment, and the striking Gatehouse is an original feature. 

Barker Road

If you fancy a change of scenery, a walk down Barker Road definitely offers an experience that is a little off the beaten path. Accessed via Findlay Path, which is next to the Peak Tower, descending via this road takes you past one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Look out for Headquarters House, home to the head of the People’s Liberation Army in Hong Kong.

Next door to Headquarters House you’ll see Victoria House. Formerly a maternity hospital, it is now the official residence of the Chief Secretary for Administration – at time of writing, Matthew Cheung. Currently under refurbishment, is 22 Barker Road, Jack Ma’s Hong Kong property, which he paid in excess of HK $1.5 billion for back in 2015. 

Following Chatham Path, you’ll take a zig-zag route down to May Road where you can pick up the Peak Tram from its steepest station for a fast-track ride back down to Central.

Other Hong Kong Highlights

Check out our other Hong Kong guides.

Guide to Mong Kok’s markets,

Guide to Hong Kong’s Best Parks

Guide to Repulse Bay.

Alternatively, if you’d like a little help exploring Hong Kong, book a fabulous private tour with Hong Kong Greeters.

The Best Hong Kong Christmas Events 2020

Here’s our pick of 2020’s Hong Kong Christmas Festive Fun and Events. Our list is a little different to last year’s as many of the usual events have been cancelled or scaled back. Nevertheless, we have family friendly events, Christmas markets, charity fundraisers and also tips on where to buy your all important Christmas tree. Also, a sure sign of the times, is that for the first time ever, we have several virtual events on our list.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, events could be cancelled at short notice. 

Family Friendly Christmas Events

Bedtime Stories with Santa

This is the first virtual experience on our list. Let Santa read your children a bedtime story, on Fridays from 4-18 December 2020.

Prices range from HK$200-600 depending on the number of stories you book. Find out more here.

Nutcracker Ballet

In Hong Kong, Christmas almost isn’t Christmas without the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. At time of writing, this event is still going ahead. Enjoy this timeless Christmas classic, set to Tchaicovsky’s famous score, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 17 December – 27 December 2020.


Ticket prices start at HK$180 and range up to HK$1000 per person.

Going Viral: The Online Pantomime

Hong Kong Players have been entertaining Hong Kong audiences with their Pantomime Christmas gold for years. This year, they’re going digital. 

If you’re unfamiliar with this seasonal genre, Pantomime is a completely family friendly, slapstick show based loosely on our favourite fairy tales, with plenty of audience interaction, smoke, mirrors and magic. The humour tends to work on two levels, with a combination of child friendly jokes and hidden double entendres for the adults to chortle at.

Tickets are available now and range from HK$150-500 and the show will be available 10-13 December 2020

Disney Christmas

Have yourself a Disney little Christmas

Obviously, The Magic Kingdom is already sprinkled with fairy dust, but with Christmas coming, there is even more sparkle. This year A Disney Christmas – Treasure your Traditions runs between 14 November 2020 and 1 January 2021. Plenty of Christmas fun is planned, but please check the official Hong Kong Disney website for up to date booking and event information.  UPDATE 11.12.2020 DISNEY HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO CORONA RESTRICTIONS

NYE Clock Tower TSTPacific Place Santa’s Grotto

Pacific Place in Admiralty is THE place in town to visit Santa. However, this year, this lynchpin of Hong Kong Christmas has also gone virtual. According to their website tickets go on sale from 11am on 19 November 2020. Normally, these tickets are like gold dust, so if you’re interested, we recommend booking as soon as it opens to avoid disappointment.


Hong Kong Christmas Lights

The annual Christmas lights on Hong Kong’s skyscrapers are free, just take an evening stroll along Tsim Tsa Tsui promenade for a spectacular view. Nearby Harbour City and 1881 Heritage are also known for impressive Christmas displays, so we suggest starting or finishing your promenade walk here. Alternatively hop aboard the Star Ferry for just a couple of dollars and see the lights from the water.  


Christmas Shopping in Hong Kong

Christmas Markets

Handmade Hong Kong

Christmas markets are mighty thin on the ground this year in these Coronatimes. Nevertheless, Handmade Hong Kong still has markets pencilled in for 22 November and 6 December 2020 showcasing many local vendors. We’re crossing our fingers that they will go ahead, please check their website for updates before setting off.   UPDATE 18.11.2020: Market on 22 November has been cancelled. Please check to the Handmade Hong Kong Facebook Page – links to vendors are provided so that you can shop online. Tentatively, the 6 December market may still go ahead.

Hong Kong Living Christmas Getaway

Currently, there is also a Hong Kong Living Christmas Getaway planned at the Pulse in Repulse Bay on 12 and 13 December 2020. For further details and ticket prices, check here.

Treasure Island Christmas Market

Visit Pui O on Lantau, for their annual Christmas Market Festival on 12 and 13 December. Find out more here.


hong kong giftsGift Suggestions

We’ve put together a Homegrown Hong Kong Gift Guide with plenty of ideas to help you with any last-minute seasonal shopping. This year in particular, we are keen to support local Hong Kong businesses. We’ve included, our brand new Hong Kong Quests, which make perfect stocking fillers and also our popular veggie food tour, which will run on selected dates during the Christmas holidays.

Charity Events

Christmas Concert

The Fayre of Maggie’s is going to be a virtual event this year and will take place on Thursday 10 December at 7pm. The event includes Christmas carols, festive readings and special performances. Additionally, there will be a “live” (virtual) auction and raffle. Individual tickets are HK$1500 and family tickets are HK$5000. Funds go towards Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre .

Secret Santa

Christmas is the season of giving and their are plenty of wonderful charities helping the less fortunate. You could give a Secret Santa gift which will go to an underprivileged child in Hong Kong, through local charity Angels for Children.

AWA Christmas Charity Bazaar

The usual physical bazaar cannot go ahead, instead there is a virtual Silent Auction, Lucky Lai See Prize Draw or you can donate to the Giving Tree. For further details, visit the American Women’s Association website.

Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Hong Kong

With limited travel options over the 2020 Christmas period, be sure to order your Christmas tree well in advance.

  • Sophie’s trees has been supplying Hong Kong residents with Christmas foliage for 20 odd years.
  • Sai Kung’s Wah King Garden is ready for Christmas shoppers, supplying Christmas trees and a beautiful crop of poinsettia plants.
  • Head to Mongkok’s flower market for your Christmas tree and decoration needs.
  • Ikea sells affordable real and artificial Christmas trees and also supplies decorations, gift wrap and a few edible festive goodies. Outlets are in Causeway Bay, Kowloon and Shatin.


Skip the line at the Peak Tram Tours

Seasonal Offers

We love visiting Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak. Until mid December there are discounts if you have 1 or more of the following letters in your name  P E A K. Also, from now until the end of January, take ride up on the Peak Tram and receive vouchers to spend at the shops at the top. More details are here.




Christmas pandaOther Festive Fun

Santa Tracker

There are several great Santa Trackers to choose from in the lead up to Christmas Day. Check out the following to find out what Santa’s up to, where he is and to discover fun games and activities for younger kids. Google Santa Tracker, Santa Update and Norad are all great options.

Elf Yourself

After such a serious year, we all need a good laugh. In case you’ve never heard of it, the very silly Elf Yourself enables you to put the faces of you and your loved ones on the cartoon bodies of dancing elves. It’s childish, but weirdly hilarious.


If you know of any other special events taking place in Hong Kong during the 2020/2021 Christmas and New Year festive season, please let us know so that we can update our listings: CONTACT US.





Armchair Travel: Macau Bookshelf

If you’re looking for books about, or set in Macau, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be honest, this has been a tough list to pull together as relatively little has been written about Macau in English. Nevertheless, here are our top recommendations.

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Macau Fiction

As you’ll see from the list, the majority of books are thrillers with storylines featuring gambling, gangsters and prostitution. There is of course more to Macau than this, but with casinos being the main draw it’s not surprising that most books fall into the thriller/noir genres .

The King of Macau

Jake Needham’s The King of Macau is book 4 in the Jack Shepherd series. From his Hong Kong base the main character heads to neighbouring Macau to investigate possible money laundering at one of the many casinos.

It turns into a thrilling fast-paced adventure as he realises that he has become entangled in something far more sinister and dangerous than he imaged with North Korean hitman and a defector added into the mix. 

Each book in the series is a standalone novel, so you could read this with or without reading the others which are set in various locations including Hong Kong. 



City of Broken Promises

Published in the late 60’s, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a little dated. However, as one Amazon reviewer (N.Madsen) put it, City of Broken Promises by Austin Coates is: “The Best (only?) attempt to portray old Macau in fiction…” This rags to riches tale is set in the late 1700’s and follows Martha Merop, a baby abandoned at birth, who is later sold into prostitution before eventually becoming tremendously weathly.

Martha da Silva Merop was a real person, but the story woven about her in City of Broken Promises is mostly fiction.




The Red Pole of Macau

In the Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton, a multimillion-dollar real-estate deal in Macau goes South, it gets even worse when it turns out the developers are gangsters.

Ava Lee is a dauntless forensic accountant. She steps in to try and untangle the subsequent mess that her half-brother and his business partner find themselves in.

The stakes are raised even higher, when her brother’s business partner is kidnapped.

There are several other ‘Ava Lee’ books in the series.


Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass by Malaysian author Ivy Ngeow is set in the 1980’s. Con artist Li-An is ready to move on from her shady existance where she lingers in bars with her partner in crime, first drugging and subsequently robbing wealthy men that they meet.  She is also a talented musician and when she is offered the opportunity to relocate to Macau to work as a piano-player she grabs the opportunity.

However, things don’t go smoothly when she meets compulsive gambler Ben, who hatches a plan to kill her boss….



The Ballad of a Small Player

Lawrence Osborne’s The Ballad of a Small Player is described as “A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven.”

Although this is a slim novel, Osborne expertly employs his background in travel writing to bring Macau to life.

Main character Doyle is in self-exile in Macau. He’s there to avoid prosecution for embezzlement and is burning the candle at both ends. As he steadily gambles away his ill-gotten gains at the baccarat tables his past returns to haunt him.


The Living Room of the Dead

This is the first book in the Ray Sharp series, by Eric Stone. Essentially,  The Living Room of the Dead is a detective thriller and seemingly is based on real events.  American detective Ray Sharp gets caught up in murky underworld of the Russian white slave trade, so much more than he bargained for when trying to do a good deed and help someone out. The story starts in Hong Kong, before moving to Macau and finally to Vladivostok. 



Macau Guide Books

As Macau is so small, a little over 115 square kilometers with a population of around 650,000 souls, it has been a challenge to find a dedicated Macau guide book.

Generally, Macau guides are included in Hong Kong Guide Books as a small chapter towards the back, nevertheless we’ve found two options for you.

Explore Macau: A Walking Guide and History


Happily, after much searching, we’ve discovered Explore Macau: A Walking Guide and History by Todd Crowell. Although the title sounds a little dry, the reviews are quite encouraging.

If you are looking for a guide book that exclusively covers Macau, this is a solid contender.

Published in 2011, it’s still recent enough to be relevant.


Strolling in Macau: A Visitor’s Guide to Macau, Taipa and Colane

Alternatively, you could try Strolling in Macau: A Visitor’s Guide to Macau, Taipa and Colane by Stephen K. Bailey. Reviews are mixed. This book provides several walking routes, primarily in the World Heritage area, but is seemingly light on instruction detailing how to get to the start point.



Discover our favourite Hong Kong Coffee Table Books and Hong Kong Children’s Books.

Book a private tour of Macau or Hong Kong.

Understand the difference between Hong Kong Egg Tarts and Macau Egg Tarts.


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Armchair Travel: Hong Kong Coffee Table Books

Although we’d prefer to show you around Hong Kong in person, it’s simply not possible right now. For the moment, the only way to travel to here is from your armchair. So, if you are hankering for Hong Kong, why not treat yourself, or gift a friend one of these ‘tickets’ to our fair city.

Here is our top 5 favourite Coffee Table Books.

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History and Culture

Sunset Survivors

Lindsay Varty’s Sunset Survivors is a unique book. It captures traditional craftspeople and small business owners working in industries that are fast fading from Hong Kong. When these people retire, it’s unlikely that they will be replaced. Varty tirelessly tracked down each person in the book and interviewed them giving a very personal insight into the lives and disappearing skills.

These intimate and fascinating snapshots capture a unique slice of Hong Kong life, preserving it for posterity. Author Lindsay Varty grew up in Hong Kong and is one of our famous rugby stars.


Hong Kong Then and Now

Hong Kong Then and Now captures the city’s breakneck speed of development, from a collection of sleepy fishing villages, to a skyscraper thicket.

Author Vaughan Grylls has achieved this temporal juxtaposition by presenting contrasting old black and white photographs of well known Hong Kong locations alongside contemporary photographs.



Hong Kong Corner House

Alongside the glittering and famous skyscrapers of Hong Kong, there is the more utilitarian and often brutal architecture of dense public housing. Michael Wolf documented this in his brilliant Architecture of Density, sadly this book is not easily available and has become rather pricey.

Instead, his Hong Kong Corner Houses book is a cosier alternative and is both more affordable and readily available. We love these curved and aesthetically pleasing buildings.

We love the interesting story behind how Hong Kong’s corner houses came to exist. You’ll have to buy the book or come on one of our tours to find out more.


Trope brings together a smorgasbord of modern images by emerging photographers both from Hong Kong and further afield. You’ll find dense skyscrapers, neon lit streets and instagram hotspots.

Furthermore, the images are accompanied by maps and location details should you want to explore any of the locations in person.



Hong Kong Diner

For all you home cooks craving a taste of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Diner by Jeremy Pang will enable you to recreate classic Hong Kong comfort food from your own kitchen. Technically, this is a recipe book. Nevertheless, we think it would look great on any coffee table and provide a mouthwatering talking point.







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Hong Kong & Macau Gifts and Souvenirs

Garrison Kellior famously quoted, “A book is a gift you can open again and again”, if you’re looking for a gift for a young reader, see our top recommendations for Hong Kong children’s books. Alternatively if you have a soft spot for Hong Kong’s neighbor Macau, check out our Macau Bookshelf. 

However, if books aren’t your bag and you’re after Hong Kong themed gifts or goodies for yourself or a loved one, hop on over to our Hong Kong gift guide featuring several homegrown brands.




How to Count on one Hand in Hong Kong

When you’re abroad and don’t speak a language, you may have to rely on pointing, smiling, body language and gestures to get by. Although not foolproof, pantomiming can be a surprisingly effective way of communicating. Nevertheless, even innocent gestures can get lost in translation causing confusion, embarrassment or even offense. Can you imagine that  something as (seemingly) easy as holding up 3 fingers to order 3 cups of coffee can get be misunderstood depending where in the world you are?

That’s right, different parts of the world have different ways of counting to 10 or beyond using their hands or even other body parts.

Mind blown.

We’ve put together this handy infographic to help our Hong Kong visitors. Although many Hong Kongers speak excellent English, these hand signals could still come in very useful in a local market or crowded restaurant.

finger couting cantonese count on one hand gestures hong kong


Finger Counting Across the World

Mainland China has a similar, but slightly different finger counting system to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, in Japan, fingers are folded down to represent a number, so to outsiders a thumb tucked in and four fingers raised could be mistaken for 4, when the counter is in fact only counting 1. Interestingly, in some parts of Asia, different sections of the fingers or knuckles are counted to allow for higher numbers.

Equally, in the west people tend to use fingers to count to 10, but how they do that is quite different from China and Hong Kong. Furthermore, there are even slight differences between the UK/US and Western Europe.

Finally, in places such as Papua New Guinea, body counting (which involves pointing to various parts of the body) allows for even higher counting.

Demystifying Hong Kong Food and Culture

Now that you know how to count in Cantonese, let us share some other useful infographics with you. We’ve put them together based on questions our guests in Hong Kong often ask us:

What is the difference between Cantonese and Peking Duck?

Are Macanese and Hong Kong Egg Tarts the same?

Are the terms High Tea and Afternoon Tea interchangeable?






How To Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival In Hong Kong

You may have heard of Mid-Autumn Festival, but what exactly is it and how is it celebrated in Hong Kong?

In this guide, we’ll take a look at the origins of the festival and why it continues to be important to this day.

When is Mid-Autumn Festival?

Always coinciding with the full moon on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, China’s equivalent to the annual harvest festival is celebrated each year in strict accordance with the lunar calendar.

2020’s Mid-Autumn Festival will take place on Thursday 1st October.

The Legend Behind the Mid-Autum Festival

Mid Autumn Illustration

An ancient Chinese traditional custom that goes back nearly three thousand years, the Festival was most likely established as a communal celebration for the annual harvest, but also has some interesting folklore behind it. While some believe that the festival pays tribute to a mythical dragon that brought much-needed rain to farmers’ crops, a more common version of the Mid-Autumn tale focuses on Chang’E, goddess of the moon and her husband, Yi the Archer.

The story has it that there were once ten suns in the sky, scorching the crops and causing great famine. Eventually, Yi deftly shot down nine, leaving just one sun. Rewarded for his skill with the elixir of life, Yi entrusted the potion to his loyal wife, Chang’E and went out hunting. In his absence, a thief threatened to steal the elixir from Chang’E. Fearing it was about to fall into the wrong hands,  she drank it herself and escaped to the moon, where she could watch over her beloved husband for eternity. Yi gave tribute to his lost love by leaving offerings of food and drink each night – traditions that continue to this day, along with burning incense and performing lion dances in her honour.


The Story of the Jade Rabbit

Mid Autumn Rabbit lantern

Another famous Mid-Autumn tale centres around the tale of the Jade Rabbit. The legend goes that three immortals were sent to earth by the Jade Emperor to identify a suitable animal custodian for the precious elixir of life. The immortals, disguised as destitute peasants, went into the forest where they came across a fox, a monkey and a rabbit.

Appearing quite starving, the immortals begged for some sustenance from the three. Both the fox and the monkey immediately offered the poor strangers some food. However, the rabbit, who had no food to give, instead offered herself up as a meal, jumping straight into the immortals’ campfire. So impressed were the immortals by the rabbit’s sacrifice, that they decided to send her to the moon to live forever. This is why the revered rabbit now lives on the moon alongside Chang’E, working forever more as a custodian of heavenly medicine.

Mid Autumn TST

Another significant part of the tributes to Chang’E are the colourful lanterns that light the night sky over Mid-Autumn Festival. Said to allow the goddess to more easily see her followers on Earth. The displaying of intricate lanterns continues to this day, with Hong Kong Island’s Victoria Park displaying and selling them in their hundreds.

Another top spot for lantern lovers is the display in front of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the Hong Kong skyline provides the perfect backdrop to this colourful and festive display.



Mid Autumn Mooncakes

Of course, like most other Chinese festivals, food takes centre stage at Mid-Autumn, with mooncakes being a particularly popular way to mark the occasion. While you can find a vast array of themed mooncakes with an endless selection of different fillings, the traditional variety consists of a beautifully designed pastry, filled with lotus seed paste and a rich salted duck egg.

These rich cakes are designed to be eaten in small slices with a cup of hot tea. It often feels like a real shame to cut into the embossed pastry, so elaborate are the designs.

The giving and receiving of mooncakes is also very significant in Hong Kong culture, with every high-end hotel in the city offering their own lavishly packaged version of this traditional classic with which to wow your friends, family and business associates.


Family Gatherings

Mid Autumn dinner family

The famous Song Dynasty poet Su Shi wrote “May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart” and this spirit of family reunion persists to this day. Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a time for families to gather and reconnect over a reunion dinner.

After dinner, families will typically go “moon-gazing” to admire the full yellow harvest moon as it orbits at its closest point to the earth – a magical sight at this time of year.

Find out More About Chinese Myths and Legends

In Chinese culture, the Lunar calendar carries great significance. Find out more about the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year here.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chinese myths and legends in Hong Kong, we recommend you join one of our private walking tours.  We’d love to show you some of the many ways that these stories are celebrated and immortalised in Hong Kong’s temples, architecture and also at Repulse Bay’s colourful Lifeguards’ Pavillion.

Top Ten Parks In Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Greeters Guide

It may come as some surprise to those familiar with Hong Kong’s famously frenetic bustle, but Hong Kong is home to some truly exceptional public parks. Perfect for whiling away a few hours, we’ve picked out ten of our favourite spots – all of which offering something a little bit different. So, whether you’re looking for a dose of urban chill, some fascinating history or space for sports, read on for Hong Kong Greeters’ guide to the city’s top ten parks.

Hong Kong Island’s Best Parks

Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park

Stretching across eight hectares of prime Central real estate, Hong Kong Park sits on the site of the colonial-era Victoria Barracks garrison. Its colonial past is evidenced in its buildings, which include ex-married quarters residence Cassels Block, now accommodating the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, and the picturesque Museum of Teaware at Flagstaff House. Aside from its colonial-era architecture, you’ll find a well-equipped multi-level children’s playground, a pretty central lake teeming with koi, a tropical plant conservatory, and the Edward Youde Aviary. This 3,000 square metre netted space is home to 70 bird species, and is guaranteed to charm the entire family, from excitable toddlers to surly teens.

Address: 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central Hong Kong

Getting there: Admiralty MTR, C1 exit


Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Hong Kong Zoological Gardens

Nestled in Central’s upper slopes across Garden Road, the Hong Kong Zoological and
Botanical Gardens has been a firm favourite since 1864. Spilt in half by Albany Road, the Old Garden’s main draws are is its grand central fountain garden, flamingos and painstakingly grown hothouse flowers. Meanwhile, the New Garden features both mammal and reptile houses, where you’ll find playful gibbons, industrious meercats and sleepy sloths enjoying stunning cityscape views. A great hop-off point from the Peak Tram is heading out for a full day of adventure.

Address: Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong

Getting there: Peak Tram, MacDonnell Road station


Victoria Peak

Peak Galleria PlaygroundAlready the site of some of Hong Kong’s most breath-taking views, The Peak also boasts some truly lovely parks – ideal for a breather to escape the crowds! The prettily-lawned Victoria Peak Gardens was once the grounds of the Hong Kong Governor’s summer home and has since been reclaimed as a public park, offering sweeping views over Hong Kong’s southwestern side. Meanwhile, Mount Austin Playground is an attractive British-style garden with plenty to offer the younger members of the family. Another picnic-friendly lawn opens to a large play space complete with climbing frames for kids to enjoy while  parents relax on the Victorian-style wrought-iron benches nearby. A little closer to the action, the revamped Peak Galleria Playground offers children with energy to burn plenty to keep them busy! Climbing frames, balance beams and puzzle walls keep kids busy – look up to enjoy the stained-glass effect from the shadow roofs above.

Address: 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

Getting there: Peak Tram, Peak Tower Station or Bus 15 from Central Star Ferry pier


Quarry Bay Park

Fireboat Alexander GranthamHead east along the Island Line to enjoy a wide-open waterfront space with plenty of play equipment and some Hong Kong history thrown in for good measure! This two-zone park features basketball and tennis courts, a rare-in-HK cycle track, and well-maintained changing facilities. It also features one of Hong Kong Island’s biggest and best playgrounds,packed with ramps, frames, beams, swings, slides… you name it and they have it. The Park also has an extra-special attraction in the form of the Fireboat Alexander Grantham. This retired fire service vessel patrolled Victoria Harbour for 50 years, keeping the city’s busy shipping port safe and operational before its eventual retirement in 2002. It was permanently relocated to Quarry Bay Park in 2006 to act as an exhibition venue, and now offers a fascinating – and free of charge – insight into Hong Kong’s 20th century maritime history.

Fireboat Alexander Grantham

Address: Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Getting there: Tai Koo MTR Station, exit E1 or Quarry Bay MTR Station, exit B1


Kowloon’s Best Parks

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal ParkFor something completely different, how about a day exploring what was once considered
one of the world’s most challenging airport runways? Designed by Foster+ Partners and
built on the site of the old Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong’s shiny new cruise terminal building runs the length of the old runway, jutting into Victoria Harbour and offering a whole new perspective on this city from its rooftop park. As well as those showstopping views across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, this quirky park has plenty of space for kids to run, along with large lawns, a splash-pad water play area in which to cool off, and comfy benches – arrive later in the day to enjoy the sunset before grabbing a bite downstairs at one of the cruise terminal’s restaurants.

Address: 33 Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak, Kowloon

Getting there: Minibus 86 from Kowloon Bay MTR station (Telford Plaza)


Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park was opened in 1995 on the site of what was once a walled
garrison-city but that was later to gain infamy as Hong Kong’s hotbed of crime. In the period following World War Two, this lawless former tenement area became known for its drug dens, organised crime and thriving unlicensed dentistry industry. Happily, these days the former no-go district is a delightful Qing Dynasty-inspired park that features eight themed floral walks, pretty pavilions and fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibition areas that breathe colour into the park’s darker side.

Address: Kowloon City, Kowloon

Getting there: Sun Wong Hoi MTR station (2021), bus 1 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier


West Kowloon Art Park

West Kowloon Art ParkPart of the landmark West Kowloon Cultural District development, the two-kilometre-long West Kowloon Art Park will eventually link up to Tsim Sha Tsui to create a world-class
waterfront walkway. For now, the park offers a pet- and family-friendly harbourfront space with plenty of space for families to cycle, scoot and run unhindered. The lawned Nursery Park and Art Park are ideal for ball games and picnics, while a good selection of cafes and restaurants are on hand to keep peckish families happy. Hire a SmartBike from the kiosks near the entrance, and explore the entire site, which includes the striking M+ Pavilion exhibition space, Freespace, the city’s largest black box theatre venue, and of course those iconic Hong Kong harbour views.

Address: West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Getting there: Kowloon MTR Station, Exit E4


Po Kong Village Road Park

Po Kong Village Park
Anyone who has spent time in Hong Kong’s parks will already be familiar with the litany of
rules that specify no cycling, skating or scooting… in fact, it can sometimes feel as though
the city’s parks are designed to be as fun-free as possible! Happily, Po Kong Village Road
Park is designed for families who love freewheeling, with a generous kilometre-long elevated cycle track, separate learner-friendly cycle area for kids who are still a little wobbly on wheels, and a skatepark complete with ramps, dips and kerbs galore for practicing those tricks and flips. And that’s not all – three separate areas are jam-packed with play equipment, while you’ll also find excellent football, rugby and cricket facilities here, including practice nets. Add in a shady amphitheatre and a fascinating exhibition of photovoltaic power, complete with wind turbine, and you have a full day out to enjoy here.

Address: 140 Po Kong Village Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon

Getting there: Diamond Hill MTR station, then minibus 19M


The New Territories’ Best Parks

Ma On Shan Park

Ma On Shan Park
Located along the edge of the Tolo Harbour, this five-and-a-half-hectare park features an interesting display that details the Ma On Shan’s history as a mining town. Entering the park, there is a pleasant circular lawn bordered by a spacious picnic area, floral garden and a number of shaded pavilions that are ideal for escaping the mid-day sun. One of the park’s main attractions is its fun maze garden, which along with the well-designed playground, is an enduring hit with children. For a full day of fun, combine with a visit to the adjacent Ma On Shan public pool, a sprawling complex of pools, slides, fountains. On the opposite side of the park, there is even a small paddling beach, known as Wu Kai Sha Pebbles beach, the choice is yours!

Address: 12 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan, New Territories

Getting there: Ma On Shan MTR station, exit A


Siu Lek Yuen Road Adventure Cycling Arena

Hong Kong Shatin Bicycle TourAnother one that’s ideal for keen cyclists, Sha Tin’s Siu Lek Yuen Road Playground offers an adventure cycling course for proficient bikers, along with a children’s cycling track for beginners to cut their teeth. The course is packed with ramps, loops, twists and turns that promise to sharpen skills while fulfilling the need for speed – you can even cycle at night as the course is floodlit. Those not wishing to join the two-wheeled revolution can opt for a more sedate day enjoying the bowling green, and you’ll also find tennis courts, play equipment and plenty of plant life to explore.

Address: 1 Siu Lek Yuen Road, Shatin, New Territories

Getting there: Shek Man MTR station, exit B

If there are any you think we have missed that are worthy of a mention, please get in touch info@hkgreeters.com.