Paul Chan enjoys more than ever, sharing his hometown Hong Kong with people from ‘all walks of life.’
What’s your story?
My backpacking trip to Europe in 2004, the first long trip ever in my life, changed my fate forever. It ignited my burning desire for travelling, (I have visited 85 countries so far) and was amazed by the walking tour culture in different cities of Europe. It sowed the seed for my little dream of starting a similar venture in Hong Kong. Therefore, after successive stints in academia, public affairs, media, government and finance, I decided to be an entrepreneur and co-founded Walk in Hong Kong in 2013, with the hope of bringing out the most entertaining, inspiring and authentic Hong Kong experiences with our unique and well-designed walking tours.
What excites you most about your industry?
The opportunities to meet interesting people from all walks of lives – milk tea competition champion, talkative nanny, letterpress master, passionate young lads who set up meaningful social enterprises, nerds who happen to know everything about some very niche topics on Hong Kong, just to name a few.
What’s your connection to Asia?
I am born and grew up in Hong Kong and have been living in this city for more than three decades.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Hong Kong! This city is energetic and cosmopolitan, people are friendly and open-minded and, most importantly, this is my home.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Despite how tied up you are, always spend time with family and friends, as they are going to be the crucial source of support in the lonely road of entrepreneurship.
Who inspires you?
People around me.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The old artisans whom I met during our tours. They are defining true mastery.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Travel even more, be more outgoing, talk to more people and get more inspiration from them.
How do you unwind?
Pick a random neighbourhood, scroll around, pick a local café and read a book.
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Taipei! The culture, art and friendly people.
Everyone in business should read this book:
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
Shameless plug for your business:
If you want a memorable experience in Hong Kong, join our tours! Check our tours at www.walkin.hk
This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.
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