Hong Kong is not only a charming urban city but also hugged by beautiful mountains and coastlines. We selectively planed two excursions before and after the conference to let the participants discover the nature side of Hong Kong.  

(Note: To facilitate our planning, please indicate your intention for these two trips when you register for the conference. We will collect the costs at the conference. Estimated per-person costs are roughly $20 USD for the big Buddha trip and $40 USD for the hiking trip.)

Excursion 1: Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

June 10, 10AM-4PM

Commonly known as the ‘Big Buddha’, the Tian Tan Buddha is a representation of Lord Gautama some 23m high (or 26.4m with the lotus), or just under 34m if you include the podium. It was unveiled in 1993, and today it still holds the honour of being the tallest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world.

Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents. You can also enjoy a meal at its popular vegetarian restaurant.

If time permits, we will also tour the “Wisdom Path”, which is 10 minutes’ walk from Big Buddha. Wisdom Path traces a series of 38 wooden steles (upright monuments) containing verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra — one of the world’s best-known prayers revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike.

The arranged bus will leave from Hyatt Regency and Royal Pa hotel at 10AM. After the visit, the bus will take everyone directly to the reception venue in Central.

Excursion 2: Hiking Maclehose trail 

June 13

Cited by National Geographic as one of the world’s 20 dream trails, this trekking route known as the MacLehose Trail showcases the impressive coastline of the eastern peninsula in Sai Kung. Along the trail you’ll see sea caves, sea stacks, and hexagonal rock columns. Toward the end of the trail’s Sai Kung section, you can listen to the sound of breaking waves on the beautiful beaches.

We plan to hike the most popular, i.e., the most beautiful, section of the Maclehose trail in Sai Kung Country Park. It is 4KM long and 250M elevation. The majority of this trail is well-paved. So, a pair of sneakers would be fine. The hike will end at a pristine beach, from where we will take speedboat back to Sai Kung town center.

We will arrange buses running from the hotels to the start of the hiking trails. The return transportation from Sai Kung back to hotel will not be arranged. It is however very easy to get a taxi or public transportation to go back to Sha Tin (20 mins by taxi).