Sep 01

[Big Foot Tour x Link REIT] Stanley & Yuen Long Walks

Exclusive: Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tours

Stanley Walks: Hong Kong Legends

In this Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour of Stanley:

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  • Catch the real buzz of Stanley Market
  • Listen to lesser-known stories of Murray House
  • Visit one of the oldest temples, Tin Hau Temple
  • Indulge in Hong Kong French Toast

Tour Details

Dates: 17th September 2017 | 19th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm (2 hours)

Walking Distance: Approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 miles)

Language: English

Cost: Absolutely zero!

Type of Tour: Group Tour

Maximum Number of Tour Participants: 10 only (on a first-come-first-served basis)

Meeting Point: Stanley Village Road. Detailed directions to the meeting point will be sent via email upon a successful registration.

Eligibility: Please note that this Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour is offered to tourists / foreigners / new-in-towns only. For tour booking, please register directly at Form – Stanley Walks: Hong Kong Legends. We will arrange group personal accident insurance for all tour participants. Accurate provision of personal particulars is compulsory for insurance arrangement.

Program details are subject to change without prior notice. Big Foot Tour reserves the right to modify or cancel any program.

 

Yuen Long Walks: A Greeting with Hong Kong Locals

In this Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour of Yuen Long:Ping Shan Heritage Trail - Big Foot Tour - Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour

  • Wander around historic Ping Shan Heritage Trail
  • Hear personal stories from Descendants of Tang Clan
  • Experience the daily lives of locals at the Wet Market
  • Taste freshly-baked Pineapple Buns & Egg Waffles

Tour Details

Dates: 6th October 2017 | 28th October 2017 | 11th November 2017

Time: 10am to 1pm (3 hours)

Walking Distance: Approximately 2 kilometres (1.25 miles)

Language: English

Cost: Absolutely zero!

Type of Tour: Group Tour

Maximum Number of Tour Participants: 10 only (on a first-come-first-served basis)

Meeting Point: Tin Shui Wai MTR Station. Detailed directions to the meeting point will be sent via email upon a successful registration.

Eligibility: Please note that this Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour is offered to tourists / foreigners / new-in-towns only. For tour booking, please register directly at Form – Yuen Long Walks: A Greeting with Hong Kong Locals. We will arrange group personal accident insurance for all tour participants. Accurate provision of personal particulars is compulsory for insurance arrangement.

Program details are subject to change without prior notice. Big Foot Tour reserves the right to modify or cancel any program.


FAQs

What should I wear for this tour?

This is a walking tour, so it is important to wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes. You may want to check the weather forecast a day before your tour, so that you can be dressed appropriately. The Hong Kong Observatory’s website can be found here.

Do I have to tip the tour guide at the end of the tour?

Answer: No, you don’t have to. This is a sponsored free tour with absolutely no obligation to tip.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the tour?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the tour. In addition, you have to show the true copy of your Passport on the tour day for verification of identity.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

No. We will arrange group personal accident insurance for all tour participants. Accurate provision of personal particulars is compulsory for insurance arrangement.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Our email is hello(at)bigfoottour.com. You may also reach us at +852-60752727.


Terms & Conditions

Registering for a Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour with Big Foot Tour:

We operate on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve a tour, please complete your registration at the following links:

Form – Stanley Walks: Hong Kong Legends

Form – Yuen Long Walks: A Greeting with Hong Kong Locals

All correspondences thereafter will be carried out via email. We accept no responsibility for incorrect email addresses provided by you or failed email delivery attempts.

Confirmation of Your Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour:

Upon successful registration, your reservation is confirmed. Big Foot Tour will contact each participant on or before 7 days prior to the tour date to ascertain attendance for each Sponsored Free Hong Kong Tour and shall reserve the right to cancel or reschedule participants for the Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour(s). Registering for the Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour(s) will also indicate that you have read and accepted these terms and conditions.

Please do not add participants on your own accord. We reserve the right to turn the extra participants away.

Cancellation and Cancellation Policy of Your Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour:

1. Cancellations made by Participants

Cancellations made by the participants must be made in writing, via email to us, 336 hours (14 days), prior to time of tour.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour and participants are not required to make payment to Big Foot Tour, so there shall not be any refunds, of any sort, to tour participants should the tour be cancelled.

2. Cancellations made By Big Foot Tour or Sponsor

In the event of any cancellation made by us, for whatever reason, participants shall be notified via email.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour and participants are not required to make payment to Big Foot Tour, so there shall not be any refunds, of any sort, to tour participants should the tour be cancelled.

3. Cancellations Due To Bad Weather

Participants must be aware that our Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tours, by definition, are weather-dependent outdoor events. Given the vagaries of weather conditions in Hong Kong, localised weather circumstances may change quickly, regardless of the weather forecast for that day. We refer to Hong Kong Observatory for up-to-date weather warnings.

In the case of unsuitable weather conditions, participants will be contacted prior to the tour, in general, no later than 08:30 on the morning of the scheduled Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour. Notification will be by email, SMS and – where possible – by personal follow-up telephone call. The final decision whether or not to go ahead with the scheduled tour remains at our sole discretion. In the event of any cancellation by us, the fees will be refunded in full.

Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tours will be automatically cancelled in the event of a Typhoon Signal No. 8, Typhoon Signal No. 10, a Red Rainstorm or a Black Rainstorm.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour and participants are not required to make payment to Big Foot Tour, so there shall not be any refunds, of any sort, to tour participants should the tour be cancelled.

Personal Fitness and Personal Accident Insurance:

Participants are responsible for ensuring they are in suitable physical condition for all Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tours. If you have any doubts on your level of personal fitness, you must consult your doctor. All Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tours require walking. Any medical condition or medication being taken that may affect your health or participation must be notified to us in writing prior to the event and must be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate to verify your fitness to participate in our Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour.

All events are undertaken at the participants’ own risk. We accept no liability or obligation in the event of illness, injury, death or loss or damage to personal property. We will arrange for group personal accident insurance for all tour participants, but participants are also encouraged to procure additional personal accident insurance, if required.

Personal Conduct during Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour:

For the benefit of everyone, we reserve the right to remove any participant whose conduct is deemed to pose a risk or nuisance to others. We will not refund or cover any cost or expenses incurred due to unacceptable behavior.

Food and Beverage during Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour:

All food and beverage consumed during the Sponsored Free Hong Kong Walking Tour shall be provided by licensed restaurants. BFT accepts no responsibility or liability in this instance.

Photographs and Photography:

Photographs or pictures appearing on this website should be used solely as an indication of attractions. Actual attractions may vary according to the itinerary as well as the tour you have chosen.

We, or our appointees/assignees, reserve the right to photograph/film any event and participants, as well as to use any of such images for promotion and/or commercial purposes without further recourse or compensation.

Notes and Other Materials:

Notes and other materials supplied to participants, whether in hard-copy, electronic format or any other form, are the personal copyright of Big Foot Tour, without limitation, and are not to be reproduced in whole or in part, or distributed to any Third Party in any form whatsoever, without the express written permission of the copyright holder. Any breach of this condition will result in immediate civil action.

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All information provided on our website is correct, to the best of our knowledge, errors, omissions and exceptions not withstanding. We do not assume responsibility or any liability for any participant’s own misunderstanding or misinterpretation of any information provided on this site.

We have not reviewed all of the sites linked to our Internet website and are not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Big Foot Tour of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

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Jun 29

Big Foot Tour X InfoHub.com – GPSmyCity app Giveaway! | Hong Kong

Sponsored post by InfoHub

Hello there! This summer, we are thrilled to announced that our Real Hong Kong Private Walking Tour has been selected as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by Infohub.com. Infohub is the #1 travel portal on the Internet specializing in the out-of-ordinary adventures.

We are extremely excited about this opportunity and we hope you’ll join us to explore our city more closely! Have you wondered what locals think of Hong Kong and how do they live? Our Real Hong Kong Tour is perfect if you wish to escape from the tourist bubble for some moments to learn – through observation, participation and lots of fun – about the people who live here!

In light of this, we are offering our guests a giveaway! If you book our Real Hong Kong Tour before July 31, 2017, you may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub’s sister-company, GPSmyCity! GPSmyCity publishes travel apps for Apple and Android on your GPS-enabled mobile phone or tablet. It features offline city maps, self-guided walking tours and travel articles for 1,000 cities worldwide. As such, you can explore any major urban destination in Asia at your own pace! To top it all, the GPSmyCity app works offline so there is no need to worry about roaming charges.

With this in mind, a lucky winner – chosen randomly – will get a one-year full membership of the GPSmyCity app. You will have access to all GPSmyCity content, including over 6,500 self-guided city walks and travel articles!

What are you waiting for? Book your Real Hong Kong Private Walking Tour today and enjoy your travels all around Asia!

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At Big Foot Tour, we love to bring you on fun-filled walks to explore the real Hong Kong. For more information on our private Hong Kong walking tours, please visit bigfoottour.com.

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Jun 28

Big Foot Tour: 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner

Big Foot Tour has, once again, been awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! For many years, we have also consistently maintained our top position on TripAdvisor for Hong Kong tours. Coincidentally, we hit our 800th review on TripAdvisor today. How auspicious is that? =)

2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong

To all of our beloved guests, thank you for going the extra mile. We are grateful as we know you took additional effort to write a review amidst your busy schedule and post-holiday blues. You probably don’t know this, but your review means a lot to us. Not only does it provides constructive feedback, but also keeps us going in this increasingly challenging industry.

To our team of exceptional tour guides, thank you for putting your heart and soul into every tour. I love our camaraderie. In fact, every one of you inspires me greatly in your own way, from your high level of professionalism to your passion for tour-guiding. This is by far the best team we ever had!

We know a thank-you message is never enough. As such, we will continue to work hard and be the Hong Kong walking tour company that you’ll always be proud of!


Travelling to Hong Kong soon? Check out our top-rated Hong Kong walking tours! We offer 3 kinds of private tours, of which each comes with many opportunities to travel like a local – Real Hong Kong Tour, Hong Kong Food Tour, Hong Kong Private Tour. For more information, please visit our main website, bigfoottour.com.

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May 12

Best Places to Stay in Hong Kong

Can’t decide where to stay in Hong Kong? In this article, we share with you our top picks for the best places to stay in Hong Kong for first-time visitors, family and couples. We will also guide you to the most hip & cool hotel as well as where to stay in Hong Kong for nightlife and shopping!

Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island versus Kowloon

The burning question that we often get is, “Which side should I stay on – Hong Kong island or Kowloon?” Well, the answer depends largely on what you wish to get out of your stay as well as your budget. We know your time is extremely precious in Hong Kong and hence we recommend staying in a convenient area, based on the places of interests that you will visit.

Hong Kong Island Highlights

Hong Kong Island offers a great base for sightseeing, including cultural sights (e.g. Chinese Medicine and places of worship), historical sites (both Chinese and Colonial) and amusement park. If you plan on hitting the bars till late and wish to get back to your hotel quickly, then stay on Hong Kong Island. In summary, here are some popular tourist attractions on Hong Kong Island:

  • Victoria Peak
  • Stanley Market
  • Repulse Bay
  • Aberdeen
  • Man Mo Temple
  • Central Mid-levels Escalators
  • Lan Kwai Fong
  • Wan Chai
  • Happy Valley Racecourse
  • Ocean Park

Kowloon Highlights

Staying in Kowloon is perfect if you are looking to wander around our vibrant street markets and soaking up the local atmosphere. Many street markets are located within walking distances from one another. If you intend to go on a shopping spree, it helps to stay near to these markets, so that you can offload your shopping bags easily and be ready for more action! In brief, here are some “must-see” attractions on Kowloon:

  • Flower Market
  • Goldfish Market
  • Bird Garden
  • Ladies Market
  • Temple Street Night Market
  • Wong Tai Sin Sik Sik Yuen Temple
  • Chi Lin Nunnery
  • Nan Lian Garden
  • Museum of History
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

If this is your first-visit to Hong Kong, our pick is Hong Kong Island. However, hotels on Hong Kong Island often comes with a higher price tag. As such, if price is of a concern to you, perhaps you can consider staying on Kowloon instead and pick a hotel near to an MTR station – ideally on the Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line). In that way, by simply hopping onto the MTR, you’ll find yourself on Hong Kong island in no time.

Where to Stay on Hong Kong Island:

Best Hotel to Stay in Hong Kong for First-Time Visitor: Upper House

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If you intend to cover as much ground as possible, Upper House‘s location provides great accessibility that is difficult to beat. A small luxury hotel, Upper House is conveniently located near Admiralty MTR Station, which connects to our Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line and South Island Line. An MTR ride to Causeway Bay – where you’ll find Times Square, Noonday Gun, Victoria Park – takes less than 10 minutes. Similarly, you will arrive at Temple Street Night market or Ocean Park in a flash. Upper House is also situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district. It is the best area to stay in Hong Kong for tourists and business travelers. In a city where land commands a premium, Upper House generously offers abundant room space. Bathrooms of over 300 square feet come with walk-in rain showers, dressing area and deep soaking baths. The icing on the cake? Every room has breathtaking harbour or island views!

Photo: Upper House

Best Place to Stay in Hong Kong for Nightlife: OZO Wesley

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If you are wondering where to stay in Hong Kong for nightlife, look no further than OZO Wesley in Wan Chai. It’s central to many watering holes, but yet away from the noise. To illustrate, OZO Wesley is in the vicinity of the “Star Street” food and entertainment precinct. There is also a collection of bars and clubs nearby on Lockhart Road. For live music, you can head to 1563 in Hopewell Centre or The Wanch on Jaffe Road. Lan Kwai Fong – Hong Kong’s core nightlife and entertainment area – is only a 10-minute taxi ride away. When you are ready to retire for the night, you can count on the hotel’s superb bedding and black-out curtains for a good night’s sleep. A healthy breakfast and espresso awaits to invigorate your mornings. Open all day long, you can also grab takeaway sandwiches, salads and soups at the hotel’s EAT2GO, before you begin another exciting day of bar-hopping!

Photo: OZO Wesley

Best Hip & Cool Hotel to Stay in Hong Kong: Ovolo Southside

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Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong’s first and only warehouse conversion hotel to-date. We love their swanky industrial-inspired interior, designed by award-winning local architectural firm K plus K Associates. Ovolo Southside is located in Wong Chuk Hang, a revitalized town on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Once a manufacturing district, the area has been re-birthed as Hong Kong’s equivalent to the Meatpacking District of New York or the East End of London. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the neighbourhood is now an artists’ quarter and home to many studios, galleries and boutiques. You’ll find hidden gems such as local microbreweries Black Kite and Young Master Ales. To top it all, at Ovolo Southside, you’ll enjoy free breakfast, happy hour, in-room mini bar and snacks!

Photo: Ovolo Southside

Where to Stay on Kowloon:

Best Hotel in Hong Kong for Family: Royal Plaza Hotel

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Based on Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, Royal Plaza Hotel has consistently been one of the Top 10 Hotels for Families. This mid-range hotel offers spacious rooms (from 355 to 828 square feet), with more than 100 pairs of interconnecting rooms. Upon check-in, children can splash around in the children pool. Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and Goldfish Market – a stone’s throw away from Royal Plaza Hotel – seek to impress young children with a showcase of songbirds, goldfish, hamsters and adorable puppies. At the nearby Fa Yuen Street, there are more than 100 shops and stalls selling a variety of inexpensive fashion items, accessories and toys!

Photo: Royal Plaza Hotel

Best Hotel in Hong Kong for Shopping: Cordis

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Cordis has a location that’s perfect for shoppers. Mong Kok is the mecca for shopping and this hotel places their guests at the doorstep of everything. For instance, Langham Place – less than a minute’s walk away – is the biggest mall in Mong Kok that focuses largely on youth fashion. Or perhaps, take a stroll to Ladies Market and haggle for bags and watches. Sneakers Street and Sim City are around the corner too. The former focuses on sports wear and shoes, while the latter sells both new and second-hand camera gears. Feel free to shop till you drop, without the fear of getting lost or disconnected. You’ll be delighted to know that Cordis provides hotel guests with a smartphone that allows unlimited local calls and 3G Internet connection. Furthermore, you have access to up-to-the-minute maps of Hong Kong as well as a city guide of the best places to eat, play and explore!

Photo: Cordis

Best Hotel to Stay in Hong Kong for Couples: Hotel ICON

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Looking for the perfect hotel to spend your honeymoon? Hotel ICON offers some of the most spacious and stylish rooms in Hong Kong. Offering the ultimate in comfort, you can expect in-room Nespresso machines, pillow menus and sumptuous robes. For a start, wind down by taking a swim in their rooftop open air heated pool. Alternatively, indulge yourselves at Hotel ICON’s Angsana Spa, where professional therapists from the world famous Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts offer a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. Thereafter, head to Hotel ICON’s Above and Beyond Chinese restaurant. Located on the top floor of the hotel, it offers panoramic views of Victoria Harbour whilst serving gourmet lovers with the best of Cantonese cuisine!

Photo: Hotel Icon


Looking for more experts’ advice for your trip to Hong Kong? Get in touch with Big Foot Tour – Hong Kong Private Walking Tours today. We’ve got lots of local insights to share and would love to bring you on fun-filled walks to discover the real Hong Kong!

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Apr 10

Hong Kong Photography Tips

From best Hong Kong photography spots for sunrise and Victoria Harbour, to Instagram-worthy places and sights, here’s our brief guide on getting the most out of your Hong Kong Photography trip. To top it off, we have expert advice from acclaimed photographer, Andrew J Loiterton!

Hong Kong Photography Tip #1: Classic Hong Kong atmosphere

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Hong Kong’s many temples lend themselves to getting a great shot. As the incense burns, set your exposure for a few seconds to capture the movement in the smoke. We recommend visiting Man Mo Temple, one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples. The fishing villages of Hong Kong’s outlying islands also serve as a reminder that Hong Kong is more than just skyscrapers. Take the time to check out Cheung Chau, where the maritime traditions of the area are still alive and well, or Tai O, where the stilt houses of the Tanka people make for some very satisfying shots.

Andrew’s Advice

For me, the Star Ferry and the Trams are two classic Hong Kong icons that any photographer coming to Hong Kong can’t miss. Take a trip on the Star Ferry and make sure you sit on the lower deck and at the front (or back). It is a brilliant opportunity to catch great shots of the ferry stevedores.

Hong Kong Photography Tip #2: Get up High

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Hong Kong’s skyline looks great from the water, but for an alternative angle, head up one of its skyscrapers. Some of the city’s rooftop bars offer great vantage points for photography. For the best shots, you’ll need to set up your tripod outside, rather than through glass. Try the bar area on the 27th floor of the Park Lane Hong Kong. The terrace of Eyebar, high above Nathan Road, will also secure you an unobstructed view of Victoria Harbour. The best indoor observation deck is Sky100 at the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon. You’ll be shooting through glass, so you’ll need to work hard to avoid reflections. Find a spot where people aren’t walking behind you, keep the flash off and push your lens right up to the glass.

Andrew’s Advice 

One of my favourite Hong Kong city view is from the balcony of Sevva restaurant. Here, Hong Kong in the evening looks like something out of Blade Runner…a little fog in Spring also helps. No tripods here and the drinks are expensive!

Hong Kong Photography Tip #3: Grab a Close Up

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Markets are fascinating destinations for Hong Kong photography and you are spoilt for choice in Hong Kong. Don’t try to fit everything into one picture, though. Instead, stop and take in your surroundings for a minute. Would the colours and patterns be more artistic if you allow them to take centre stage? Wait before you squeeze that shutter. Which faces are the most interesting? Be patient and try to blend in; some of the best shots are the most candid! This is one occasion when handheld is better than using a tripod.

Andrew’s Advice

Try Yau Ma Tai fruit market on Reclamation street, especially early in the morning. A few words of Cantonese will go a long way. Don’t forget these people are trying to make a living, so I always try to engage in a bit of banter before bringing the camera up to my eye. A few dollars spent at the stall also helps!

Hong Kong Photography Tip #4: Sunrise

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Without a doubt, some of our most treasured Hong Kong photographs are those which feature a rising sun. Hong Kong’s mountainous setting causes headaches for photographers hoping to capture those first rays. Unless you get up high, the hill blocks the view. If you were thinking of heading up to the viewing platform on The Peak, you’ll be thwarted. On Mondays to Fridays, Sky Terrace doesn’t open until 10am. On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, it opens at 8am. This means that the sun will have long woken up! Instead, travel up the hill to our Victoria Peak’s Secret Spot. There, you’ll see the city laid out before you and be able to secure that iconic Hong Kong photography shot.

Andrew’s Advice

For both great panoramic sunrise and sunset shots (in fact it’s spectacular at any time on a clear day!), head along the Peak Walk. About 10 mins in from the Peak Lookout, you will be rewarded with the most expansive view of Hong Kong Harbour. It gets busy at sunset, so get there early with your tripod to claim your spot.

Hong Kong Photography Tip #5: Sunset

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The best sunset shot requires a bit of effort, though on a clear day, you’ll be amply rewarded. Summer is the best season to come, as the smog that plagues winter is largely absent. Take the Number 25 bus from Central Pier 5 and ride it until the final stop. Thereafter, you’ll have to hike up Braemar Hill. It’s worth the climb, however, as you’ll find out when you reach the top. It’s no secret that the view over Victoria Harbour towards the setting sun is one of the best in the area!

The Tsing Ma Bridge is also a favourite for Hong Kong photography aficionados during the golden hour. The sun sets behind the bridge, framing it perfectly. This iconic sight is also a beauty when lit at night. The waters beneath create picturesque reflections, adding a wow-factor to your shot. Time your visit for when there are enough clouds in the sky to add interest, yet few enough not to block the sun as it slumps into the water. Make your way to Lantau Link View Point and Visitors Centre for the best views. If you’re looking to capture the bridge from an unusual angle, try heading to Lido Beach.

Andrew’s Advice

If you’re feeling adventurous, head up Tsing Yi Nature trail which has a fantastic view of the bridge and Lantau Island.

Hong Kong Photography Tip #6: Victoria Harbour

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Hong Kong’s iconic harbour is the money shot for most photographers, never more so than after dark, when the city’s illuminated. At 428 metres above sea level, Sky Terrace 428 is the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong. It’s no surprise therefore that so many people are keen to get up there and avail themselves of the 360° panoramas. Sky Terrace 428 is open until 11pm, giving you plenty of time to frame the perfect shot and snap endless selfies. There’s even free WiFi, meaning you can share your favourite snaps while you’re there!

Andrew’s Advice

Don’t forget the view towards Hong Kong island from Kowloon side! This iconic view of the Hong Kong Island skyline is best shot at magic hour in the summer. Best location is the upper deck of the Kowloon Public Pier, just near the Star Ferry. But again, be there early as it gets a big crowd nightly. Bring a tripod and shoot the magic hour sky overlaid with the night lights.

Hong Kong Photography Tip #7: Neon Signs

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Neon signs are a dying breed in Hong Kong. As LED lights replace more and more of the old fashioned signs, those that remain are a prize worth seeking out. Making neon signs was an art form. Highly skilled craftsmen worked as apprentices for many years until they learnt how to mould glass into shapes and letters. Gas fills the tubes: different gases create different colours. The chemical element neon creates an orange glow, yellow comes from helium and mercury results in blue. Hong Kong’s neon signs are being torn down at an alarmingly fast rate, so for the latest situation, check out Neon Signs HK.

Andrew’s Advice:

Go to Sham Shui Po (Lai Chi Kok Rd) or Mong Kok (Argyle St) for the best views of the last of the neon signs. Alternatively take a tram ride on Hong Kong Island in the evening. Front seat on the upper deck is perfect for shooting.

Hong Kong Photography Tip #8: Traffic

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One of the joys of visiting Hong Kong is to feel the buzz of this energetic city. If you’re hoping to catch the essence of the city in a still image, then you’ll need to lengthen the shutter speed to add some movement to your shot. This will create trails of white and red from the lights, adding a sense of motion. Try out your long exposures where you can safely position a tripod near traffic. We suggest the footbridge on Connaught Road Central or Mong Kok’s Nathan Road. Time your visit for just after sunset when there’s still plenty of blue light to create an ambient shot.

Andrew’s Advice:

You can also go to the Causeway Bay crossing at Henessy Road / Yee Wo Street – its Hong Kong’s equivalent of NYC’s Time Square.

Hong Kong Photography Tip #9: Something a Little Different

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Don’t forget to look for the unusual during your Hong Kong Photography trip! Light and textures can also be used to create appealing and unforgettable shots. This photograph was taken at the Yuen Po Street Bird Market. It’s common to see closely cropped images of the cages, but the clever use of the shadow makes this picture unique. Play around and be creative when you’re exploring Hong Kong with your camera. Look for reflections in your travelling companion’s sunglasses, experiment with depth of field to give prominence to interesting aspects of the street scene or seek out humorous signage that makes you laugh. If you can take anything away from this article, it’s to have fun!

Andrew’s Advice

To really see and photograph the real Hong Kong, you need to get away from the tourist haunts. Get out to places like Sham Shui Po and Shau Kei Wan and just wander around for a while…you will be amazed at what you find… and don’t forget to look up! Hong Kong is a vertical city and a lot happens above you.


Biography: Andrew J Loiterton

AJL Photography Limited was set up in 1999 by Andrew J Loiterton and provides professional high-quality photographic services on location and in-studio, to both local and international clients. Andrew has been working as a professional photographer for over 17 years and is based in Hong Kong. His assignments have taken him throughout the Asia Pacific & Greater China Regions, Europe and Australia, shooting a range of subjects from hotels, interiors and architecture to portraiture, fashion and travel features.


Join us on a Big Foot Tour today! From old walled villages to natural landscapes to colourful streets and lively markets, take advantage of our local knowledge and have the best Hong Kong photography day!

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