Meeting and event planning in Hong Kong means accessing Asia's trade capital, its leading financial and services center, premier international convention and meeting location and prime tourist destination. With many Hong Kong event venues set along the city’s harbor, groups can benefit from dazzling signature views, as well as the nightly lighting display. What may surprise groups is the city’s greenery: In fact, more than three quarters of Hong Kong is countryside and 40 percent designated as park land. Covering 425 square miles, which include Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, Hong Kong is a diverse mix of denser urban environment and sprawling countryside. Hong Kong's landscape mirrors its unique blend of Eastern and Western influences, diverse attractions and variety of unique venues.
Hong Kong is easily reached via the world-renowned Hong Kong International Airport. Ranked as the world's third-busiest international passenger airport and busiest international cargo facility, Hong Kong International served nearly 51 million passengers in 2010. Opened in 1998, Hong Kong International serves more than 95 airlines, with 900 daily flights to 160 worldwide destinations, including 45 destinations on the Chinese Mainland. The airport handles more than 200 flights from the United States each week and offers nonstop service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. Airport amenities include direct access to train, bus, taxi and hotel transportation. Getting around Hong Kong is affordable and relatively simple, thanks to the city's expansive public transportation system, which includes light rail, buses, trams and taxis, as well as private ferries. Most of Hong Kong's transportation options may be paid for using Octopus cards, electronic stored-value cards accepted not only on most public transport options, but also in many retail outlets and parking facilities.
Hong Kong International Airport is not only a center of transportation, but also the home of AsiaWorld-Expo, Asia's only ground-level, column-free, airport-integrated venue. AsiaWorld-Expo features a full range of meeting and conference facilities to accommodate small gatherings to events for more than 10,000 delegates. The center features more than 753,000 square feet of rentable space, including a 13,500-seat arena, 5,000-seat theater and the nearly 108,000-square-foot column-free AsiaWorld-Summit Hall for up to 5,000 guests.
Spanning Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has been key to the city's development as a trading port and financial and services center, as well as a spectacular convention and business travel location. Not only is the harbor a center of trade and commerce, but also one of Hong Kong's most treasured spaces and the location of many of the city's luxury hotels, attractions and the sprawling Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC). Hosting more top global exhibitions per year than any other center in Asia, HKCEC is known for its harborfront location and modern architecture with sweeping views of downtown. The largest center of its kind in Hong Kong, the HKCEC features nearly 985,000 square feet of rentable space, including six exhibition halls, two multi-purpose halls, two theaters for 336,637 guests and 52 meeting rooms. In fact, the HKCEC's 2009 expansion added nearly 209,000 square feet of space above Victoria Harbour. The HKCEC is located adjacent and connected to the Convention Plaza, which houses the 829-room Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, the 553-room Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, a 39-story office tower, a 46-story apartment tower and a shopping arcade. What's more, the HKCEC is located within walking distance of 6,000 hotel rooms.
Beyond its spectacular AsiaWorld-Expo and HKCEC facilities, Hong Kong is home to a number of unique meeting and event venues. Known as Hong Kong's most popular attraction, Victoria Peak features a number of retail, shopping and entertainment options, all set on the tallest mountain on Hong Kong Island. The trip to Victoria Peak aboard the peak tram is an experience in itself; the tram climbs 1,200 feet on its eight-minute trip, making it the world's steepest funicular railway. Groups may rent private tram cars or hold functions in the Victoria Peak Sky Terrace 428, a 360-degree viewing platform set 428 meters above sea level.
Groups may hold private events and outings at Hong Kong Disneyland, with such rentable spaces as the Conference Centre, which spans 16,000 square feet of flexible event space, including 16 meeting rooms and a 9,400-square-foot ballroom. Located in Kowloon, the Hong Kong Cultural Center is a premier venue for art, public programs and private events with three major performing halls, Exhibition Gallery, foyer exhibition areas, rehearsal and practice rooms and conference rooms. Perfect for sporting, betting entertainment and group functions, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's two racetrack locations feature meeting and event spaces with trackside views.
Located at the southeast coast of China at the mouth of the Pearl River facing the South China Sea, Hong Kong is known as a strong center of commerce, tourism, natural beauty and history. The city was a collection of fishing villages when claimed by the British in 1842. Returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, today's Hong Kong has flourished as a trading port and now a leading financial and services center. Hong Kong's official languages are Cantonese and English. While Cantonese is spoken by more than 88 percent of people in Hong Kong, English is widely used, as is Mandarin.
Many of Hong Kong's attractions celebrate the city's cultural heritage and beauty. The nightly Symphony of Lights is a spectacular multi-media display of lights, laser beams and searchlights set to music and narration, all in celebration of the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. The show's display comes from more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour and is set to the five main themes of Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and Celebration.
Set high atop the Lantau Island plateau, Ngong Ping 360 features retail, dining and entertainment options, including Ngong Ping Village, a cultural-themed area designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. Other Ngong Ping 360 attractions include Walking with Buddha, in which guests can follow the life of Siddharta Guatama through an immersive journey, as well as Monkey's Tale Theatre, which presents a charming show inspired by the famous Buddhist Jataka stories.
Ngong Ping 360 is located within walking distance of the world-famous Tian Tan Buddha statue, as well as the beautiful Po Lin Monastery. The Tian Tan Buddha is the world's tallest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, measuring 112 feet tall and covering 2,797 square yards. Visitors must climb more than 200 steps to reach the statue platform; located within a short walk is the Wisdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra. Po Lin Monastery is a large temple complex with such spaces as the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha, a seven-span structure with a double-eaves roof that adopts Ming and Qing's architectural design, and even a vegetarian kitchen that serves meals daily.
Beyond its cultural attractions, Hong Kong is also known for its culinary strength and variety of fine-dining establishments. Many of Hong Kong's fine restaurants are located in its luxury hotels, such as Lung King Heen, housed on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. The first Chinese restaurant in the world to receive three Michelin stars, Lung King Heen serves contemporary Cantonese fare with fresh local ingredients and an emphasis on seafood and dim sum. The ultra-contemporary, avant-garde Felix in The Pensinsula Hong Kong hotel serves modern European cuisine, while the elegant, Michelin-starred Restaurant Petrus in the Island Shangri-La hotel serves traditional French fare in an opulent space. Hutong specializes in contemporary northern Chinese, served in an updated Old China atmosphere, while Man Wah, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, is known for its dim sum and local Cantonese favorites.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Hong Kong experiences a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Spring, which runs from March to May, is marked by cool evenings, while summer, from June through August, brings hot and humid temperatures that can rise above 88°F. Autumn runs from September through November, bringing pleasant breezes and comfortable temperatures, while winter, from December to February, brings cool and dry conditions, with temperatures that can drop below 50°F. The city's coldest month is January, with an average high of 65°F and low of 57°F, while the warmest month is July, with an average high of 88°F and average low of 79°F. Hong Kong experiences about 93 inches of rain per year, with about 80 percent of the year's rainfall spanning May through September; August alone experiences an average of 17 inches of rain. Typhoon season runs from May through November.
The beautiful, conveniently-located AsiaWorld-Expo is Asia's only ground level, column-free, airport-integrated venue. Located at the center of Hong Kong's air, land and marine transport network, AsiaWorld-Expo is connected to the Hong Kong International Airport and houses an in-venue public rail station. AsiaWorld-Expo features a full range of meeting and conference facilities to accommodate small gatherings to events for more than 10,000 delegates. The center features more than 753,000 square feet of rentable space, including a 13,500-seat arena, 5,000-seat theater and the nearly 108,000-square-foot column-free AsiaWorld-Summit Hall for up to 5,000 guests. The center also houses the chic 47,009-square-foot Runway 11 venue, which features state-of-the-art programmable lighting and space for up to 3,800 guests. Amenities include in-house audio-visual and communications services, as well as full-service catering and an onsite restaurant. The center is located just minutes from thousands of hotel rooms.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Approximate taxi fare: 300 HKD
The Hong Kong International Airport is the world’s third busiest international passenger airport and busiest international cargo facility, serving nearly 51 million passengers in 2010. Opened in 1998, Hong Kong International operates more than 95 airlines, with 900 daily flights to 160 worldwide destinations, including 45 destinations on the Chinese Mainland. The airport serves more than 200 flights from the United States each week and offers nonstop service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. Airport amenities include direct access to train, bus, taxi and hotel transportation, expansive retail and dining options with more than 280 shops and 80 catering outlets, and onsite hotel accommodations at the Regal Airport Hotel and SkyCity Marriott Hotel.
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Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system covers all 131 miles of rail with 155 stations, providing service to four million passengers on the average weekday. MTR runs 10 lines, including express airport service, light rail service between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun in the New Territories and inter-city train service into Mainland China. Passengers can purchase an unlimited day pass, which costs HK $55 for adults and HK $25 for children ages 3 to 11. An airport express travel pass, which includes two or four single rides to the airport and three consecutive days of unlimited rail service, costs HK $220 per person for two airport rides and HK $300 per person for four airport rides. MTR accepts Octopus cards, electronic stored-valued cards accepted on must public transportation systems, as well as many retail outlets and parking systems.
Visitors to Hong Kong can ride comfortably in the city's plentiful buses; most buses feature air conditioning. Buses cover almost all of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Bus fare is based on distance traveled and exact change is required for those passengers paying in cash. Buses accept Octopus cards, electronic stored-valued cards accepted on must public transportation systems, as well as many retail outlets and parking systems.
Hong Kong Tramways operates six main routes from Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan on historic double decker streetcars. Trams operate daily from 6 AM to midnight, with trams departing every 1.5 minutes during peak hours. Tram stops are located at an average of 250-meter intervals. The flat tram fare is HK $2.3 for adults and HK $1.2 for children. Trams accept Octopus cards, electronic stored-valued cards accepted on must public transportation systems, as well as many retail outlets and parking systems.
Taxis in Hong Kong are plentiful and can be hailed at hotel taxi stands and on-street taxi stands. All Hong Kong taxis are metered; red taxis operate throughout most of Hong Kong, while green taxis serve the rural areas of the New Territories and blue taxis serve Lantau Island. All taxis serve Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland. Red taxi rates are HK $20 for the first two kilometers (about 1.2 miles) and HK $1.50 for every 200 meters (about 0.1 miles) thereafter. Taxis accept Octopus cards, electronic stored-valued cards accepted on must public transportation systems, as well as many retail outlets and parking systems. Visitors should expect to pay about US $35 in taxi fare from Hong Kong International Airport to the central business district.
Regular private ferry routes connect Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the Outlying Islands, Macau and neighboring cities in Mainland China. The popular private Star Ferry provides service between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour. Ferries accept Octopus cards, electronic stored-valued cards accepted on must public transportation systems, as well as many retail outlets and parking systems.
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