Apr 22

Hong Kong Guide : Mahjong

Think you’ve heard all about Hong Kong’s love for Mahjong?

Check this out:

Spotted at IFC, here’s a wallpaper made from Mahjong tiles!

Hong Kong Mahjong - Hong Kong Tours - Big Foot Tour

Hong Kong Mahjong Wallpaper - Hong Kong Tours - Big Foot Tour

Did you know, the origin of Mahjong has been a much debated topic. One story suggests that Confucius was the one who developed this game! As a bird lover, he named the game after the sparrow, known as “Maa Chuk” in Cantonese (or “Ma Que” in Chinese).

Mahjong is a cultural game in Hong Kong. During a wedding banquet, it is very common for guests to play the game while waiting for food. There are also many related superstitions, such as bagging the best seats, carrying lucky charms or even… changing underwear after losing a game!

Confucius - Hong Kong Tours - Big Foot Tour

Have you Mahjong-ed today?

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Apr 16

Hong Kong Guide : Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

 

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden - Hong Kong Walking Tours - Big Foot Tour

Image courtesy of our lovely guest, Jessica Corson

 

When was the last time you took your pet out for a stroll?

In Hong Kong, bird lovers walk their pet birds often, believing that fresh air and sunshine will keep the birds healthy and lively. As the men swing the birdcages gently, the birds grip the perch tightly, resulting in smoother feathers that aren’t easily shed. This is a tradition that has continued since the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911)!

Here’s where you can listen to some beautiful birds singing in Hong Kong: 

Place to visit: Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

Nearest MTR Station: Prince Edward Station, Exit B1

Want to know more about Chinese culture and traditions? Come join us for a Hong Kong walking tour! We make it fun and easy for you to explore Hong Kong and see what this dynamic country truly has to offer! Visit Big Foot Tour – Hong Kong for more information.

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Mar 13

Big Foot Tour – We are Hiring!

Hello there,

At Big Foot Tour, we promise to bring our guests on lovely Hong Kong walking tours. As such, we are always on the lookout for sincere and sociable people, with a BIG love for Hong Kong, to join us in making it fun and easy for our guests to immerse in a real Hong Kong environment. We are hiring FULL-TIME Hong Kong walking tour guides now!

Here are some of the key qualities that we think you must have:

  • A passion to share and inspire
  • Great relationship-building skills
  • Fluent in English
  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong’s history, culture and cuisine

Here are some of the key benefits that we provide:

  • Meeting awesome people from all over the world
  • A friendly working culture
  • Regular learning & development courses 
  • Flexible working hours
  • Strong and sexy legs – obviously! 

If all of these sound great and you would like to be part of our team, we would love to hear from you soon. Please get in touch with our founder, Ski Yeo, via email – hello(‘at’)bigfoottour.com – with the following documents and information:-

  1.  Resume AND your cover letter.
  2. A short description, in English only, on:
    • Why do you think you will be a great Hong Kong walking tour guide?
    • What do you like most about Hong Kong and why?
  3. Our tours run on a daily basis. Which days of the week would you be available to work?

Only completed application will be considered. Suitable candidates will be notified via email.  For more information, you can visit: http://www.bigfoottour.com/

Good Luck!

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Feb 09

Hong Kong Guide : Victoria Peak – Our Secret Spot!

Heading to Victoria Peak for the most awesome view from the top? 

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour - Sky Terrace

Victoria Peak – Sky Terrace 428, Hong Kong

Well, we’re sharing our tips with you here, so that you can get the best value for your trip. This includes our secret spot, which rewards you with a breathtaking (and guess what, FREE) view of Hong Kong’s charming skyline!

Ready? Let’s go!

Victoria Peak is a very popular attraction. Often, there will be a very long line at the Lower Terminus Peak Tram station for the ride up to the top, which sometimes means a 3-hours wait for a mere 8-minutes ride. Gasp! Is it really worth the effort? We say, use our tricks, get to the Peak earlier and then use the extra time for a therapeutic stroll around the Peak instead. If you want to experience the cool Peak Tram ride, we would suggest taking the Peak Tram from the Upper Terminus back down to the Lower Terminus instead. (Psst… the line for the tram at the Upper Terminus is usually shorter – typically around a 30-minutes wait – and we think it is actually more exciting to experience the tram when it’s moving backwards and down!)

How to get there?

Option 1: Take Bus 15 from Central Bus Terminus for a scenic ride. The fare is HK$9.80 per adult. Victoria Peak is the terminus station, so when the bus driver switches off the engine, you know it’s time to alight. Sit tight!

Option 2: Alternatively, catch a taxi. Taxi goes strictly by meter in Hong Kong. From Central to Victoria Peak, the taxi fare should not cost more than HK$100.

Your bus or taxi will stop at the Peak Galleria (see pictures below). 

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour - Bus 15

Bus 15 Terminus Stop at the Peak

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour - Taxi Stand

Taxi Stand at the Peak Galleria

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong - Peak Galleria

Follow the arrow!

Once you make your way out from the bus terminus or taxi stand, you will spot the famous Sky Terrace 428, where you can pay to be on the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong. That said, if you prefer a more panoramic view of Hong Kong that doesn’t cost a cent (hurray!), do what the locals would do! Walk towards the left side of the Sky Terrace (see images below). There lies a secret pathway that will lead you to our favourite spot!

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong - Secret Spot

We lead you to our favourite spot at the Victoria Peak!

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour - Lugard Road Entrance

Once you walk past “Peak Tramway Company Limited” (image below), you know you are on the right track! Continue walking on this flat pavement for around 20 minutes at a leisure pace and you will get to our secret spot! We’ve included some landmarks below –  in sequential order – to guide you along. A quiet oasis, you will be in the lovely company of singing birds and scent of flowers. Who says Hong Kong is nothing but a concrete jungle? =D

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour - Lugard Road 2

Peak Tramway Company Limited

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong

From this point onwards, the walk will take another 20 more minutes.

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour

Around 10 minutes into your walk, you will hit this junction. Stay on the path.

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Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong

Notice how the walk is no longer lined with forests on one side? We’re almost there!

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong

You’ll start to notice the gorgeous view on your right!

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour

Keep Walking. Just a minute more & an unobstructed view of Hong Kong will welcome you!

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour

This is it! The best place to be at the Victoria Peak!

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong

Our favourite spot for the best wide-angle shot of Hong Kong’s charming skyline!

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong - Big Foot Tour - Great view!

Quick, grab the chance to take as many photos as you want!

Ski (our founder) and her guest, Jan, say hi!

Victoria Peak - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong Walks

Looking for more insider tips to Hong Kong? Come join us on our Hong Kong Walking Tours! We have got plenty to share!

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Feb 08

Hong Kong Guide : Big Foot Tour, as Featured on TurboJET Horizon

Our Hong Kong walking tours were featured on TurboJET Horizon, February 2014 issue!

Come and join us for a walk and be immersed in a real Hong Kong environment. We offer both private and group tours that allows you to gain deeper insights into this fascinating country. Visit Big Foot Tour for more information today!

Big Foot Tour - Media - Hong Kong Tours

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