During the conference HKU students organised and lead a number of field trips and excursions to allow conference participants some insight into Hong Kong and how it is responding to various sustainability challenges.
General excursions (4 hours)
- Thursday 6/Sep 10:00-14:00
G1. Sheung Wan and Mid-levels – HK Heritage
Sheung wan and Mid-levels were where the story of modern Hong Kong began. During the early years the north shore of the Hong Kong Island is very narrow. Due to insufficient land, reclamation was carried out. Since then the shoreline has extended and resulted in today’s development.
G2. Central/ Tamar – HK Past & Present
Central and Admiralty are the city’s core financial districts, clustered with skyscrapers and international brands. Harcourt Road is where the new Central Government Offices, the Legislative Council Complex and Tamar Park are located. Try to breathe into the busiest districts in Hong Kong.
G3. Stanley – Waterfront, Tourism Development
Stanley is a famous coastal town on Hong Kong Island’s south. It was the temporary administrative centre before moving it to Central. It is now one of the most visited and popular sightseeing place in Hong Kong.
Breakfast excursions (2 hours)
- Friday 7/Sep 07:00-09:00
- Saturday 8/Sep 07:00-09:00
- Sunday 9/Sep 07:00-09:00
B1. Aberdeen fish market / wholesale fish market – Aberdeen waterfront, sampan trip around the Harbour
Visit the Aberdeen fish market, the largest and oldest wholesale fish market in Hong Kong, handling 70% of the live seafood for Hong Kong. Visit includes a walk through the new the Aberdeen waterfront park and a sampan boat across the harbour to Ap Lei Chau, as well as an opportunity for local breakfast.
B2. Western Waterfront – Sun Yat Sen Park (Taichi), Instagram Peer, Kennedy town waterfront, Forbes Street wall trees
Take an early morning walk along the Western District waterfront, including a visit to the new Sun Yat Sen Memorial park, the newly famous Instagram Pier public cargo working area / open space, and a look at the historic wall trees on Forbes Street and an opportunity for local breakfast.
B3. First tram – Whitty Street to Percival Street, Causeway Bay, … and MTR return
Take an early morning tram through the city and experience the city as it wakes. HK Tramways were one of the earliest forms of public transport in Hong Kong, and still one of the cheapest. The single tram track follows the original coast line of Hong Kong Island. Trip includes an opportunity for local breakfast in Causeway Bay.
B4. First Star Ferry – Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, TST waterfront, Nathan Road, Chung King Mansion, Haiphong Road … and MTR return
Take an early morning Star Ferry trip across Victoria Habour. The ferry has long been the key connection between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, and offers unrivaled views of the city’s waterfronts. The trip includes a walk along Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and up Nathan Road to see the infamous ChungKing Mansions (Ghetto at the centre of the World), with a chance of a local breakfast.
Afternoon excursions (4.5 hours)
- Friday 7/Sep 14:00-18:30
G4. Wanchai (heritage) – Conservation issues in a high density city
Wanchai districts has one of the Hong Kong earliest settlements, the district therefore possesses a lot of interesting heritage from different periods. Wanchai however is becoming the home of the high-class residences, conservation is therefore an important topic for this area.
G5. Kowloon Bay – Urban district revitalization & industrial renewal
Kowloon Bay is a district of revitalization and industrial renewal. Many recent sustainable developments are taken place here, including the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Zero Carbon Building.
G6. Kwun Tong – Re-vitalisation of industrial waterfront areas
Kwun Tong is one of the very few districts that still remain to be an industrial area. Due to an increasing population in the area and the moving of the industrial plants, Kwun Tong has slowly started revitalization and community development, a very successful example in the area would be the Kwun Tong Promenade.
G7. West Kowloon Cultural District
Visit the West Kowloon Cultural District, one of the largest cultural projects in the world located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Understand waterfront development in the context of sustainable urban planning and experience the dynamics of the changing programs blending art and education in the open space.
G8. Urban Rooftop Farms
Visit urban rooftop farms in Hong Kong, one of the unique food production operation emerged out of the dense high rises. Observe how Hong Kong residents manage the rooftop farms for recreational use and address food safety issue.
G9. Mass Public Housing
Visit an array of mass public housing estates from different eras to evaluate the evolution of housing development in Hong Kong and examine how the latest design responds to urban public health as well as aging population.
G10. Shatin – Sewage treatment plant
Visit one the largest sewage treatment facilities in Hong Kong to understand urban sanitation development in the realm of urban sustainability.