Hong Kong Festival
We're delighted that you're thinking of joining the Pennington alumni gathering in Hong Kong in November. You'll have a terrific time! Please see the information below for resources about booking your flights and hotel, and for coordinating with other travelers.
The main part of our Hong Kong Festival will be the gathering of Asian alumni from Friday through Sunday, November 10-12. Some travelers from the States are coming in the prior Sunday or Monday (November 5-6) and departing the Monday after (November 13), while others are coming in on Wednesday (November 8) and staying on a week or so after the festival.Director of Alumni Relations Jane Bott Childrey '89 will be on site in Hong Kong, and she can help coordinate your plans and itineraries so you get the greatest satisfaction out of your visit. You can contact Jane at
Friday, November 10
Registration and Welcome Dinner
The Excelsior Hotel
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception – Tott’s and Roof Terrace
7:30 p.m. Dinner – Yee Tung Heen
7:45 p.m. Alumni Service Award Presentation honoring Ratchanee Trillit-Mamanee '90
Saturday, November 11
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Registration / Coffee Break
Skyping with former Pennington Teachers
The Hong Kong Club
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. - Opening Meeting
Welcome: Stephen Tan '73
State of the School Address: Dr. William S. Hawkey and Board Chair Peter J. Tucci '79
The Hong Kong Club
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Lunch – Library
China Club, 13 / F, 2A Bank of China Tower, Des Voeux Road, Central
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Alumni Panel
Library, China Club
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception, Dinner, and Hall of Fame Induction of Jae Hyeok Heo '08
Harborside Restaurant, Intercontinental Hotel, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (Kowloon side)
Sunday, November 12
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast with Headmaster Dr. William S. Hawkey
The Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Golf – Advanced reservations required with Jane Childrey ’89. Rental sets available.
The Hong Kong Golf Club, 19 Island Rd, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Sightseeing and shopping – Jane Childrey ’89 can assist with these arrangements on site.
Monday, November 13
9:00 a.m. - Day Trips
Shenzhen Tour – Silicon Valley of China
Macau – Las Vegas of China
Jane Childrey ’89 will be able to assist with these arrangements.
Check in with us and let us know your plans!
The Hotel Pennington http://www.hotelpennington.com.hk/
The Excelsior Hotel http://www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior/
The Shangri La http://www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila...
Victoria Peak – If you are looking to get a little exercise, a walk up The Peak is a perfect activity to take advantage of on a clear day, or you can take the tram for the best view of the city and islands. It has a different look at night and during the day, so if you have time to see it at both times of day, it is well worth the second trip.
Star Ferry to Kowloon – Enjoy a wonderful view of the city from the water, and visit museums and shops on the other end of the trip. Kowloon is known as a shopping, arts, and entertainment district in Northern Hong Kong.
InterContinental Hotel lobby – This hotel offers a great place to have a traditional tea time experience.
Symphony of Lights - Every evening at 8:00 p.m. , you can watch the city buildings of Hong Kong light up in a beautiful display.
Tian Tan Buddha – Sitting over 90 feet high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. 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 devout monks, this monastery is rich with colorful 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.
Aqua Luna – You can enjoy a cocktail cruise onboard a restored junk boat (traditional Chinese sailing vessel) for an elegant sunset glide across Victoria Harbor.
Endangered Pink Dolphins of Lantau Island – You may enjoy a three-hour cruise while learning the history of the Chinese dolphins, which became the official mascot of Hong Kong's handover to China during the Sovereignty Changing Ceremonies.
Yuen Po Street – Watch caged birds sing while owners feed them crickets with chopsticks.
Man Mo Temple – This is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), both of whom were worshipped by ambitious students looking to succeed in the civil examinations of Imperial China.
Antique Street and Cat Street are two streets which are quite popular among tourists from all over the world and these special streets rank very high on each visitor's itinerary to Hong Kong. Both streets are a great place to look and shop around especially if you are looking for antiques, Mao/China memorabilia, knickknacks and other curios.
Jade Market - Jade has been long associated with long life and good health in Chinese culture, making it a prized material for good-luck charms. Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, is an astounding mixture of colonial charm, Chinese zest, and glitzy casinos just a short one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong.
Ladies Market - It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages, as well as, watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs, and trinkets of all kinds.
Custom made shirts and suits
You can get fitted your first day and pick up your bespoke suit before you return home!
Sam’s Tailor (ground floor K&L Burlington Arcade, 90-94C Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) is one of the best known custom tailors, having clothed everyone from Jeb Bush to Bruno Mars. For suits in a hurry Raja Fashions (2/F, Cammer Commercial Building, 30-32 Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui) and Rashmi (Block A, 12th Floor, Suite A3, Burlington House, 90-94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui) is also worth checking out.
On Hong Kong island, at the top end of quality and price there’s A-Man Hing Cheong (M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road, Central), which takes about ﬁve days.
At well-known tailors like Sam’s Tailor prices start from $500, but at places like Raja and Rashmi suits can cost as little as $300. At the high end, prices at A-Man Hing Cheong start at $1,200.