Conference Social Program

The Welcome Reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 6:30 - 9:30PM on Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Shatin

The Conference Banquet will be held at City Hall, Central
at 7:00 PM on Thursday, 27 August 2015
(with coaches leaving from 5:35 PM)

The view of Hong Kong Harbour (Kowloon Side)

The Conference Excursion will be held
on the afternoon of Friday, 28 August 2015 (HERE)

Hong Kong is a very easy city to navigate for first time visitors. Public transport is efficient and relatively in-expensive by most standards – including taxi fares. Those wishing to explore Hong Kong during the conference are suggested to meet at the lobby of the Hyatt hotel at 9:30am and then take the MTR/bus/taxi together to their destination(s) of choice.

Octopus cards are very useful for using buses and the mtr, then can be purchased from MTR stations, you can top up the value at many places for example, MTR stations, 7-11, Circle K, Vingo, Wellcome and Park'n'Shop Supermarkets, as well as many fast food chains, such as McDonalds. You can use your Octopus card for public transport and also for buying things at most shops (with the exception of taxis, where cash is usually the only accepted form of payment).

For those who would rather have more guided activities, we have arranged activities with tour operators and participants can follow the links to book directly with the company. The choice of day is up to you – the timetable below is a possible suggestion. It is possible to enjoy these activities on your own, however it may be more convenient to make a reservation with the tour operator, as they can provide additional services, such as assistance with obtaining Visas.

Tips:The weather during August is typically hot and humid, and at times there is heavy rain. Activities that would be better enjoyed during fine weather are indicated with the following icon, . More details about the current weather in Hong Kong can be found at the Hong Observatory Website.

These activities are currently scheduled at the beginning of the week, such that in the event of bad weather, can be rescheduled with other activities that can be equally enjoyed indoors.

The current schedule for the Social Program can be viewed in the table below.

Monday
24 August

Tuesday
25 August

Wednesday
26 August

Thursday
27 August

Friday
28 August

Morning

The Peak
(Hong Kong Island)

Big Buddha , Tung Chung shopping outlet (Lantau)

Sai Kung :
Boat trip to golf course. Drive to/take boat to the Geopark. Seafood/western lunch (many options)

Tsim Sha Tsui:
Science Museum, History Museum, Art Museum, Space Museum

Shatin:
10,000 Buddhas' Monastery , Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Afternoon

Hong Kong Park and the Botanic Gardens, Stanley Market

Sai Kung :
Beach, Canoeing, Windsurfing

Mongkok Ladies Market

Conference Excursion:
the "Tour of Kowloon City" is suggested

Tours

Shenzhen one day tour,
70 USD(2),
09:00-17:00, Reservation form

Macau Tour(3),
1000 HKD (Adult) / 900 HKD (Child)(4)
07:30 - 19:45,
Reservation form

Dim Sum Cooking Class Tour
800 HKD,
10:30-14:30
Reservation form

Evening

Temple Street Night Market

Conference Banquet (City Hall, Central),
Ferris Wheel,
Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui

Notes:

  • (1)All pick up and drop off locations will be at the lobby of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin (next to University MTR Station).
  • (2)The Group Visa fee included. Participants are not required to individually apply for a Visa into mainland China, if they are only travelling to Shenzhen once on the tour.
  • (3)Some countries enjoy visa-free entry into Macau, visitors can refer to the Public Security Police Force for more details. For countries not listed on the link, an additional MOP$100 is required for a Visa application. Swire Travel will check and inform those participants requiring a Visa after receiving the reservation form and the Tour Guide will assist with applicationf for a landing visa upon arrival.
  • (4)Children under the age of 9 can enjoyed the child rate.

Shenzhen One Day City/Shopping Tour (USD 70)

(Approximately 8 hours, including a Chinese lunch)

Tour around the city of Shenzhen. Visitors can learn how the first special economic zone in China has developed over the past few years.

  1. Explore the Dafen Oil Painting Village, where more than 1000 artists reproduce world famous artworks.
  2. Visit an exhibition of the famous Terracotta Warriors & Horses, along with the Shenzhen Museum, where visitors can learn about the history of Shenzhen.
  3. Transfer to Lo Wu Shopping Mall to explore the delicate shops or go bargain in hunting for Chinese arts and crafts, along with souvenirs, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

There is a minimum of 30 participants per group.

Dafen Oil Painting Village Terracotta Warriors & Horses
and the Shenzhen Museum

Shenzhen Museum

Lo Wu Shopping Mall

*The above tour itinerary and timings are for reference only, the tour may change depending on conditions.

Macau Tour
(HKD $1000 - Adult / HKD $900 - Child)

Date: 25 August 2015

Statue of Kum Iam Macau Tower
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A-MA Temple

St. Paul's Ruins
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Macau is a modern city nearby Hong Kong. Visitors can take a Turbojet to Macau within one hour. There are 2 historical and 2 modern attractions included in this tour.

  1. The Statue of Kum lam is dedicated to Kum Iam, the Goddes of Mercy. It is 20 metres tall and made of bronze. The construction cost was MOP 30 million.
  2. The Macau Tower was designed bt the New Zealand architect, Gordon Moller. It is 338 meters high and ranked the 11th highest in the world. (An optional package at your own expense will offer you a panoramic view of the Pearl River Delta on observation deck, on Level 61).
  3. The A-MA Temple is one of the three oldest temples in Macau. Built in 1488, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess of seafarers and fisherman Matsu. The temple is one of the heritage sites of Macau listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.
  4. The St. Paul's Ruins is the greatest Macau's churches. All that remains of it are the magnificent stone facade and the grand staircase. The church was built in 1602, made of taipa and wood, it was brilliantly decorated and furnished.

*The above tour itinerary and timings are for reference only, the tour may change depending on conditions.

Dim Sum Cooking Class Tour (HKD $800)

Date: 26 Aug 2015
Pick Up / Drop Off Location: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Shatin

Yau Ma Tei Wet Market Dim Sum Cooking Class

Before attending the Dim Sum cooking class, a visit to a wet market allows visitors to learn more about some of the many ingredients that make Chinese cooking so delicious.

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without trying Dim Sum. Since the days of the Silk Road, Dim Sum has been an integral part of Chinese culture. For Hong Kong people, Dim Sum goes hand in hand with Yum Cha (drinking tea). Today, it is popular for Chinese families to gather on mornings of weekends to indulge and socialise while eating Dim Sum and sipping tea.

Dim Sum is a collection of delightful, mouth-watering Chinese dishes served in steaming bamboo baskets and enjoyed together with multiple pots of Chinese tea. Dishes range from steamed pork buns, shrimp dumplings, beef balls and spring rolls, to the local favourite of pan-fried squid with spicy salt.

*The above tour itinerary and timings are for reference only, and is subject to conditions on the day of the tour.