One-Day Tour

We are pleased to announceĀ that we have put together a full-day local tour of Hong Kong's major attractions on 18 December, 2010, the day after the conference. The tour, with lunch, is free of charge, andĀ all participants who have formally registered for the conference are invited to join us. We hope you can make arrangement to stay an extra day to enjoy the beautiful scenery and have a taste of the invigorating lifestyle of Hong Kong. Please click here for a detailed itinerary.

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18 DECEMBER 2010
09:30 Pick up at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Shatin

Transfer to Ngong Ping 360 by private coach, ride the Skyrail, visit Ngon Ping Village, and Giant Buddha, the world's largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha statue, at Po Lin monastery

13:00 Lunch at Chinese restaurant (set menu)
14:30 Transfer to Tung Chung and to Hong Kong Island by private coach, visit Stanley, Repulse Bay and The Peak
17:30 Transfer back to Hyatt Regency Hotel, Shatin or Tsim Sha Tsui by private coach.
18:30 End of tour.

* The tour will be conducted by an English-speaking guide.

Detailed description of the attractions:

Ngong Ping 360
A visually spectacular 5.7km bi-cable ropeway, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, the cable car journey begins from Tung Chung, crossing Tung Chung Bay to reach the angle station on Airport island and turning about 60 degrees in the air towards North Lantau. Visitors will enjoy some of the best views during their 25-minute ride, including the South China Sea, the Hong Kong International Airport, the mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue and the 360-degree view of the Ngong Ping Plateau.

Ngong Ping village
The village is set on a 1.5 hectare site on Lantau Island, adjacent to Ngong Ping 360 Terminal and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. This amazing themed village has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping Area. It boasts several major attractions, such as Walking with Buddha, The monkey's Tale Theatre as well as a diverse array of retail, dining and entertainment experience.

Giant Buddha
The Tian Tan Buddha Statue is the world's largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Big Buddha statue. Located on the Ngong Ping Plateau, this majestic statue is built with 202 bronze pieces, weighs over 250 tonnes and soars 34 metres into the air. The facial expression and craftsmanship of the Buddha imitate the artistry of the Sui and Tang dynasties. Beneath the Buddha, there is a three-storey exhibition hall which showcases a Buddha's relic, paintings of the life of Buddha, and a bell inscribed with images of the Buddha.

Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin Monastery is established in 1906 and is known as "The Scared Place of the Buddha in the South". It is also the first of the four most popular monasteries in Hong Kong. The Monastery was initially named "The Big Hut" when it was first built. Having gone through a century of development, Po Lin Monastery is now well developed with a number of features including the Mahavira Hall and the Heavenly King Hall. A new "Jeweled Hall of 10,000 Buddhas" is being built, which will feature 10,000 Buddha statues as well as a Buddhist Scripture Library and a Dharma Hall.

Situated along the peninsula of the south-eastern part of Hong Kong Island, Stanley is a town and a popular tourist attraction. There are various places of interest in Stanley; it's most famous being Stanley Market, a large, open-air marketplace well known for its bargains, particularly silk garments and traditional Chinese dress, toys, ornaments, luggage, souvenirs and Chinese arts and crafts. Other attractions include Stanley Tin Hau Temple; Stanley Beach; Murray House; Stanley Plaza and Stanley main street waterfront, where visitors can enjoy a variety of cuisines or relax with a beer and soak up the friendly atmosphere in its many bars and restaurants.

Repulse Bay
Primarily an up-market residential area, the sun-drenched Repulse Bay's crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong and is popular with both locals and visitors alike. The beach also features a lifeguard clubhouse built in traditional Chinese style. On the eastern end of the beach is Kwun Yam Shrine, with prominent statues of Goddess Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both known as protectors of fishermen. It's colonial-styled boutique shopping mall, constructed on the site of the demolished former Repulse Bay Hotel, houses designer shops and award-winning restaurants.

The Peak
A major tourist attraction of Hong Kong, the Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong and offers the most spectacular view of the city and its harbours. The fabulous vista has been further enhanced by a recent revitalization of The Peak Tower which also offers a dazzling array of shops and great dining experience. Other fun-filled attractions include Madame Tussaud, Ripley's Believe It or Not and a ride through a dark tunnel called the "Rise of the Dragon", an entertaining train journey through the territory's early history.


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