Mensa IBD 2007 in Hongkong : Optional Tours & Events

Hong Kong, 20-23 September 2007. The Annual International Board of Directors (IBD) Meeting for The First Time. We Welcome Mensa Members From All Over The World to Join the Party.

Friday 21 September, 0830-1300 hrs

Hong Kong Island is the city's main interntional business hub but also has some outstanding scenic spots including The Peak, with its stunning vistas of the harbour. On this tour you can also explore the island's temples, beaches and markets and see how the modern and traditional blend co-exist happily in East-meets-West Hong Kong. Tour highlights include Man Mo Temple, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Stanley Market and a ride on the famous Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. And you'll be back to the hotel in time for lunch.

Cost: HK$300 per person

Friday 21 September, 1900-2115 hrs

The view of Victoria Harbour at night, with its neon-lit skyscrapers rising from both sides of the waterfront, is one of the world's most memorable and romantic sights. We'll start this tour by walking down the Avenue of Stars - Hong Kong's answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the Kowloon harbourfront - then board our own boat for a 90-minute tour around the harbour, pausing in midstream for 25 minutes to view the Symphony of Lights, listed in Guinness World Records as the world's largest permanent sound-and-light show. We'll disembark in Central, where the rest of the evening is free for you to explore the numerous dining and nightlife options in Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo or further afield.

Cost: HK$320 including all drinks on board.

Saturday 22 September, 0830- 1300 hrs

While Hong Kong's amazing city skyline and harbour are well known to most travellers, many do not get to see the other side of the city: the green and tranquil New Territories with its historic villages, time-honoured traditions and beautiful mountain scenery. Highlights of this tour include Tai Fu Tai stately home and Fan Tin village, Lo Wai walled village and Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, the Wishing Tree at Lam Tsuen, Man Mo Temple (a different one) and Tai Po Market

Cost: HK$380 per person.

Sunday 23 September, 1530-2130 hrs approx

Hong Kong Mensa has specially created this tour to give a rousing finish to IBD 2007 and as it doesn't depart until mid-afternoon on Sunday, we hope that everyone - official delegates included - will be able to join in the fun. We will start by taking a coach to the Lantau Link Viewing Point where you can see a tantalising trio of bridges: the Tsing Ma, Ting Kau and Kap Shui Mun crossings. Then on to Tung Chung, near the airport, where we will transfer to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car* for a spectacular, 7 km ride up the mountainside to Po Lin Monastery.
The monastery is home to the Tian Tin Buddha, the world's largest seated bronze Buddha. From there we will rejoin the coach for a short visit to Tai O, an old fishing village with houses built on stilts above the water, before going for a BBQ dinner on the beach at Cheung Sha (dinner on the beach in Hong Kong? Yes, you'd better believe it!). The cuisine, by the way, is South African - we thought you'd be ready for a change from Chinese food by now. Vegetarian options will be available. After that, we'll return to Sha Tin and the hotel in good time for the traditional Helsinki Party.
Cost: HK$425 per person including dinner and drinks.
* The cable car service is currently closed but should be reopened by September. If not, we will take the coach from Tung Chung to Po Lin which is an equally spectacular ride.
Other Local Tours
There are many other exciting attractions for visitors of all ages and interests to enjoy in Hong Kong. Although we will not arrange special Mensa tours beyond those listed above, our travel partner China Travel Service (HK) will have an information desk at the conference hotel and will be able to give you travel and transport advice, as well as booking tickets for:
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Ocean Park
- cultural events and many other attractions
We also plan to arrange a number of special on-site activities for delegates that you can book on the spot, for example:
- Tai chi demonstration
- Chinese cooking demonstration
In addition, our team of Hong Kong Mensa volunteers will be happy to help show you around some of the nearby attractions including:
- Hong Kong Heritage Museum
- Che Kung Miu Temple
- Tsang Tai Uk walled village
- The bird, flower and ladies' markets
Visiting Mainland China & Macau
We know that many delegates are planning to visit Mainland China before or after coming to Hong Kong, and we considered whether to organise a special Mensa trip. In the end, though, we decided it would be better to let everyone make their own arrangements according to the time and budget they have available - China is a vast country and the permutations are simply endless. However, in conjunction with our travel partner China Travel Services (HK) [CTS], we will we happy to give you all the help we can in making the necessary bookings and arranging visas, either before or during the event.
CTS offer a range of all-inclusive, English-speaking tours to Beijing, Shanghai and other major destinations in China (for details, please see their website) or can arrange personalised itineraries for you if you prefer.
If you would like more details, please complete the appropriate section on the registration form. Alternatively, you will be able to book China tours (subject to availability) at the CTS desk at the hotel during IBD 2007.
If you only have limited time available, you can take a day tour to Guangzhou (Canton) by fast train; or take a local train from Sha Tin, where the conference hotel is located, to the end of the line Lo Wu (about 35 minutes' journey) and simply walk across the border to Shenzhen on the other side.
Macau offers another interesting day trip alternative. The former Portuguese colony is about 40 km from Hong Kong across the Pearl River estuary and can be reached by a fast jetfoil service running as frequently as every 15 minutes, all day and all night. It has a very different atmosphere from Hong Kong, though the same sharp contrasts of old and new - the old characterised by some well-preserved Mediterranean-style heritage buildings, while the new is supplied by a rash of glitzy modern casino developments whose turnover has now surpassed that of Las Vegas.
Visa requirements
All foreign passport holders require visas to visit Mainland China. CTS will be able to arrange visas for you at one working day's notice (Saturday and Sundays excluded). Single or double entry visas are available and the cost varies according to your nationality.
Visitors from most countries can enter Macau without a visa.

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