Excursion

There will be an excursion held on Friday, 28 August 2015 free for all registrants*.
*Please note that registrants and guests will only be able to choose one of the excursions listed below, as they will be held in parallel.

1. Tour of Kowloon City

(Including Wong Tai Sin Temple, Diamond Hill, and more)

Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.

The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the 4th century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Now housing this precious portrait, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.

Feng Shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp is worshipped; and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas of the complex include the Three Saints Hall, the Confucian Hall and the extravagantly colourful Good Wish Garden that is lavishly decorated with chinoiserie.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/top-10/sik-sik-yuen-wong-tai-sin-temple.jsp#ixzz3O4vr8BnJ

Diamond Hill

There are Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden in Diamond Hill.

Chi Lin Nunnery
Established in 1934 and renovated in Tang dynasty style (AD 618–907) in 1990, the Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The complex also includes a series of temple halls, some of which contain gold, clay and wooden statues representing divinities such as the Sakyamuni Buddha and bodhisattvas.

Nan Lian Garden
Cutting through Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments is the tranquil Nan Lian Garden, a public park also built in the style of the Tang dynasty. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods. There are permenant exhibitions of Chinese timber architecture, rocks and potted plants, while the hungry might want to try the vegetarian restaurant or teahouse.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/culture-heritage/chinese-temples/chi-lin-nunnery-and-nan-lian-garden.jsp#ixzz3O4zCPeiR

Kowloon City

This former industrial district is now a gourmet neighbourhood of international cuisines, with Asian specialties very much in the spotlight. Southeast Asian, Thai, Chiu Chow and Cantonese food and local desserts are available in inexpensive and unpretentious family-run eateries.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/dine-drink/where-to-eat/kowloon-city.jsp#ixzz3O4vKJ453

2. Tour of the Peak

(View the Harbour from the top of Hong Kong Island)

If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times – back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.

That view is also what makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.

Vantage Points
The anvil-shaped The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428, in addition to dining and retail outlets. Nearby, The Peak Galleria has a free-entry observation deck, as well as shopping and dining options. More eye gulps of the views can be had at Lugard Road Lookout, Lions View Point Pavilion. For leisurely unfolding vistas, take the 3.5-kilometre Peak Circle Walk.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/top-10/the-peak.jsp#ixzz3O4zorLty



3. Ngong Ping 360 Tour

(Take a cable car to the Big Buddha)

Ngong Ping 360 is the ideal springboard to exploring Lantau Island. Your journey begins with a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung. Give the amazing Crystal Cabin a try. Its glass bottom offers an astonishing bird’s eye view of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside underneath your feet. As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries in Ngong Ping Village offer a delightful shopping and dining experience. Also, don’t miss the Walking with Buddha multimedia presentation.

The renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin MonasteryNgong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path are only a five-minute walk from Ngong Ping Village.

Conclude your Lantau day-out with a breathtaking sunset view as you take the cable car ride back to Tung Chung.

Guided and self-guided packages
Ngong Ping 360 offers guided or self-guided packages for your one-day Lantau adventure. From romantic getaways to group get-togethers, these packages include cable car, bus and boat - all the transportation you will need to explore the amazing Lantau Island. See booking and other details here.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/great-outdoors/outlying-islands/lantau-island/ngong-ping-360.jsp#ixzz3O505rOMU

4. Sai Kung

(Round trip coach ride to explore Sai Kung)


A round trip coach ride will be provided to transport participants to freely explore Sai Kung.

Sai Kung is known as ‘Hong Kong’s back garden’ because of the beautiful hiking trails and beaches in this area. The village of Sai Kung is also noted locally for its seafood restaurants, many of which congregate on the seafront, known as ‘Seafood Street’.

These laid-back eateries are a great way to recover from a day walking the hills, though the freshness of the seafood and the charm of Sai Kung village are enough to justify coming here to eat without hiking the hills.  

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/dine-drink/where-to-eat/sai-kung.jsp#ixzz3OGbs2uut