Social Programme

Lion Dance at the End of the Opening Plenary on June 2, 2019 (Sunday)

social programme v1The opening plenary will be followed by a short lion dance performance. In Chinese culture, the lion symbolizes wisdom and superiority. The lion dance mixes Chinese traditional dance and martial arts, and performers mimic a lion’s movement in a lion costume to bring prosperity and good luck.


Welcome Reception on June 2, 2019 (Sunday)

Drinks and finger food will be served at the welcome reception, which will take place at 6pm in the foyer of the Grand Hall after the opening plenary. A variety of traditional Chinese arts and crafts will be showcased in a cultural fair in rooms LG.08 and 09 adjacent to the foyer. Participants will also be able to taste classic Hong Kong snacks from some of the booths.

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Boat Trip to the Banquet Dinner Venue on June 4, 2019 (Tuesday)

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Experiencing Hong Kong’s dazzling harbour on a traditional Hong Kong style ferry is one of the best ways to enjoy the magnificent views offered by the city’s skyline. That is why we are offering participants who join us for the banquet dinner a boat trip to the banquet dinner location.

Coaches will be arranged to take participants from the conference venue to the pier, followed by a boat trip of around 50 minutes from the western side to the eastern side of Victoria Harbour. After the boat trip, a 15-minute walk is required from the pier to the dinner venue.

Two Hong Kong style ferries have been booked for participants who will join the banquet dinner, with spaces allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To make sure you don't miss out on this unforgettable experience, reserve your place for the boat trip by sending an email to the Conference Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as soon as possible!

social programme v7The vessels are insured (Third Party Liability), as required by the Hong Kong Marine Department. However, neither the ferry company nor the owner of the vessels is responsible for any personal injury or loss of personal belongings during the period of the use of the vessel. Participants are advised to arrange their own insurance. In case of bad weather, the boat trip will be cancelled and coaches will take the participants to the dinner venue direct.

For participants who will not join the boat trip, coaches will be arranged from the conference venue to the banquet dinner location. The details will be announced one to two weeks before the conference.

Tentative itinerary

  • 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm: participants to board the coaches at HKU
  • 5:15 pm - 5:30pm: travel from HKU to pier
  • 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm: boat trip
  • 6:20 pm - 6:35pm: walk from pier to banquet dinner location
  • 6:35 pm - 7:15pm: cocktail reception
  • 7:15 pm - 9:30pm: banquet dinner
  • 9:30 pm: coaches depart from banquet dinner location to Hotel Jen/HKU MTR station

Note: The tentative itinerary is subject to change and the final schedule will be announced 1 to 2 weeks before the conference.

Banquet Dinner

sp image2The Banquet Dinner offers great opportunities for informal exchange and interaction with delegates from all over the world. It will be held at the Federal Cruise Banquet Centre, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, and will feature delectable food with live entertainment. Conference participants can join the banquet dinner for HKD550 (~USD72) and accompanying persons can pay HKD1,100 (~USD143) for joining both welcome reception and conference dinner. Interested participants can register for the banquet dinner via the Registration Page.

sp image1The Federal Cruise Banquet Centre is located at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal which is built on the runway of Kai Tak Airport, the former airport of Hong Kong. Kai Tak Airport had served Hong Kong since 1925, and was closed in 1998 and replaced by the current Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. Kai Tak Cruise Terminal carries on the legacy of the “Kai Tak” name – an iconic symbol and a part of Hong Kong’s heritage.


sp image5Located in the middle of Hong Kong’s magnificent Victoria Harbour, the Terminal is one of the world’s foremost cruise terminals and has the astonishing capacity to disembark a total of 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew members. The Rooftop Park at the flat roof of the Terminal, which occupies an area of 23,000 square metres, is easily accessible from the Banquet Centre. The banquet dinner participants can enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view of the spectacular Hong Kong skyline from the viewing platform of the Park.

Participants may choose to go to the dinner venue by:

Please inform the conference secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible but no later than May 15, 2019


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