Mark Lee

Oakland, CA, USA

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  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Yue (Cantonese); learning German, Japanese
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Freelance translator, Technical Writer
  • Philosophy
  • From Hong Kong
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About Me


Be myself.


Passionate, life-loving, somewhat stubborn but open-minded. Hopelessly obsessed with classical music, German, and listening to interesting stories of people.


I don't mind being silly. I do what I can and do it joyfully.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Thanks to the local world-class land price I am still living with my parents and so cannot host you at my home. Very much a pity.

Nevertheless I can show you the Victoria Harbour, walk you to restaurants frequented by locals but unknown to tourists. And bring you to the beautiful trails in the hills just a few km from the city busiest centres. (Ridiculous that most locals think they need to go to Thailand for the same landscape!)

If you come from Germany, Switzerland or Austria, I can give you a city tour in German... I have also the german version of lonely planet/merian for Hongkong and Macao. :p


I've received my overseas friends from Japan, Germany, China, and Austria visiting me and been their tour guide in Hong Kong. I enjoy walking with them in my own hometown and learning from them what they find special in my city which I usually won't pay attention to.

I was hosted in Strasbourg, Basel, and Aarhus each for a few days and find it really a great idea to know locals' lifestyles and their cultures. Staying by a local at his or her house is a completely different experience from staying in a hotel or hostel. You are not only a tourist but also live like a local. You observe many things from their habits in everyday life.


talking with friends, travelling, listening to music, philosophizing ( =legitimate word for daydreaming/procrastinating ), reading, nature

Exploring my home city in the mood of a tourist is also an interesting experience.

Once I climbed a snow mountain in Japan (Aka-dake).

Music, Movies, and Books

One Day
The curious case of Benjamin Button
Before Sunrise
The King's Speech
The Eternal Zero 永遠の0
A Beautiful Mind

Bach, Mahler, Brahms
Organ, flute, harpsicord, violin, orchestra

Books: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Nietzsche). Essays in Love (Alain de Botton). 1Q84, Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

- The first time I saw snow in the Norwegian Soegnefjord.
- the red dotted seconds hand of the Swiss railway clock
- The Miniatur-Wunderland Hamburg is majestic.
- the time when I returned from Europe to Hongkong and becaome all in a sudden so unused to the crowded Mong Kok MTR station.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you Cantonese. Mandarin also ok, but I'm no expert.
I speak good English and German too: Ja, ich spreche gerne Deutsch!

I like sharing my travel experiences and learn from others' observations when travelling in the same places.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United Kingdom

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