The symposium will be held at the the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The university is in the Hung Hom district within walking distance of Tsim Sha Tsui and adjacent to the Hung Hom MTR station (and at the terminus of the Hong Kong-Canton express trains service to Guangdong).
The symposium takes place on the seventh floor of the "Chung Sze Yuen Building", entrance via the lift well marked at location A (the entrance itself is marked with a large capital "A"). The lecture room is AG710. Posters and discussion will be in room AG712 (adjacent rooms). Coffee and tea will be served outside AG710 (attendees can also inspect posters during that time).
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For international visitors, the primary arrival point is the Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok). Hong Kong's airport is large, busy and efficient — there are direct flights to around 150 destination world wide. From the airport there are three primary methods for getting into the city. Taxi is relatively expensive (around $HK350+), and not quick. The airport express train is very fast and convenient and will take you to a downtown terminal (in either Hong Kong or Kowloon) from which a short taxi ride will get you to your hotel. If you are staying close to the university campus, then there are also airport buses which are frequent, cheap and fairly convenient (the A21 terminates at the Hung Hom train station in downtown Kowloon — midway between the university campus and the Metropolis hotel). There are also airports in neighbouring Macau and Shenzhen with flights from cities across China and neighbouring countries.
If you plan to do any amount of moving around while in HK, then it may be useful to get an Octopus card on arrival. The Octopus is a stored value card, similar to the Japanese Suica and the London Oyster card, with the major difference that it is widely used and convenient. The card can be used on all public transport including taxis as well as for payment at convenience stores, supermarkets and some coffee shops and fast food outlets. You can add value to the card at convenience stores (just hand the teller the card and cash — they'll figure out what you want to do) or at automated machines in subway stations. Cards can be bought, and returned (for a refund) to the customer service counter at the airport (» http://hong-kong-travel.org/Octopus/).
Consult » Visa Information.
Getting around Hong Kong
The local subway system, the MTR, services most major urban districts (» system map). The system of buses, mini-buses, trams and ferries is comprehensive and will take you to most other places (there is a government run » route planner). Most buses and subway trains are fitted with trilingual announcements of each stop. Minibuses (smaller vans with either a green or red roof) are smaller, faster and more exciting (hint: the drivers are paid based on the number of passengers they carry, by law all minibuses are fitted with a large speedometer visible to the passengers). When you want to get off a minibus you need to yell out to the driver (roughly, "yau lok" in Cantonese).
Finally, taxis are very common and reasonably cheap (by world standards). However: there are three sorts of taxis. Red taxis service only the urban areas (these are the ones you'll mostly see), green taxis service the New Territories (Hong Kong's outer suburbs) and blue taxis are only for Lantau Island (these, you'll never see). Even among the red taxis, drivers will be very very reluctant (truculent even) to cross the harbour. Drivers on Hong Kong Island do not know the roads of Kowloon, nor vice versa. Either get to the correct side of the harbour before getting in a Taxi (generally, public transport will be quicker than going by taxi through the road tunnels anyway) or go to one of the specially indicated cross harbour taxi ranks.
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