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Wikimania 2007 candidate cities. Winner: Taipei
Other candidates: Alexandria | London | Torino

City details


[[Image:LocationHongKong.--Manhunt12 11:55, 29 September 2009 (UTC)jpeg|thumb|Location of Hong Kong]][reply]

Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions (SARs) of the [[w:People's Republic of China|--Manhunt12 11:55, 29 September 2009 (UTC)Taipei]] (PRC). Hong Kong is on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta on the southeastern coast of China, facing the South China Sea in the south, and bordering Guangdong Province in the north. Hong Kong is an immensely wealthy city due to the fact that it has one of the world's most liberal economies, and is a major international centre of finance and trade.[reply]

Conference venue

Chinese University of Hong Kong

One of the proposed conference venue would be Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • brief description of venue (room sizes, number of rooms etc.)
  1. Main hall:
  2. Seminar rooms:
  3. Lounge facilities:
  4. Other rooms (organisation, staff, speakers, interviews/press, storage):
  • contacts with conference venue (emails, price quotes etc.)
  • Technical facilities
    • Existing technical installations
      (on site Audio-visual...)
    • Wireless Network implementation
(existing? to be built? easiness of implementation?)

Transportation and visa information


General Information

  • Estimation of travel costs from all continents:
  • Visa issues (who needs a visa, how easy is it to obtain it)
  • Distance from international airport(s)and how do we get to the location:

Long Distance

Hong Kong International Airport
  1. Hong Kong International Airport
  2. Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport: there are ferry and coach services that go directly to Hong Kong. Alternatively, visitors can enter Hong Kong via Shenzhen City and the Lo Wu Border


  • Hong Kong boasts a developed and extensive public transport network. Typical journeys within the city by MTR, its underground railway system, are less than 30 minutes. Other means of public transport include buses, taxis, ferries, trams, and the Peak Tram.
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong is situated in the suburban areas of Hong Kong, served by KCR East Rail's University Station. Journeys to/from the city take approximately 20 minutes.

For more information, see Transport in Hong Kong and The Transport Department's Website.



Most nationals visiting Hong Kong don't need a visa, except people from Mainland China and Taiwan. For the most current information about visa requirement to Hong Kong, please visit Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for Hong Kong.

For Mainaland visitors, please visit: Arrangement for entry to Hong Kong from Mainland China.

For Taiwanese and Overseas Chinese visitors, please visit: Arrangements for entry to Hong Kong for Overseas Chinese and Chinese residents of Taiwan.


  • Location of main accommodation facilities
(where can the attendees be hosted. On site, off site, how far from conference venue?)
  • Room details and price range
(What's the accommodation like? Dorms, B&B, Hotel? Singles, doubles? How much does it cost per person and per day?
  • Catering (one meal a day, breakfast is a plus)
(Where do we eat, how much it costs)
  • contacts with accommodation partner(s)
(have you contacted the proposed locations, exchange of emails, price quotes etc.)

Local sponsorship opportunities


Possibility of local sponsorships

  • Contacts
(no name needed, just "company X, 4000 USD or will provide 300 beds)

Local team


Wikimedia Hong Kong will probably be in charge of that issue.


  • Weaknesses of the proposed location ...and how to overcome those weaknesses
  1. It rains a lot during the summer months in Hong Kong. There may be also typhoons.
    Nothing can be done about the weather. However, contingency plans can be prepared.
  2. Only people from selected (42) cities in Mainland China can access to Hong Kong easily.
    No soulution can be found yet.
  3. The active Wikipedians in Hong Kong are mostly not mature enough, as they are mostly from high schools, they lack the experience in organizating big functions. There might be also some childish Wikipedians would spoil the Wikimania, as like in the CWMC2006.
    Age limit for helpers should be set.
  4. The guest would feel tired if they visit HK for the simular type of job in two consecutive years.
    No soulution can be found yet.
  • Strengths of the proposed location
Chinese Wikimedia Conference 2006
  1. Hong Kong has the experience of holding Chinese Wikimedia Conference 2006, the first regional conference organized by the community of Chinese Wikimedians.
  2. Hong Kong is one of the famous city, as the merging point of Eastern and Western cultures.
  3. Hong Kong has a relatively low price index compared to Western countries.
  4. English is one of the official languages in Hong Kong, with many people speaking fluent English.
  5. Internet and computers are very common in Hong Kong.
  6. Hong Kong has a good airways network. Direct flights connect many cities all over the world.
  7. Hong Kong has a great intra-city transport network as well.
  8. Hong Kong is one of the most freedom of speech place in East Asia.
  9. The crime rate in Hong Kong is among the lowest in the world. There is no indication that Hong Kong is a target for terrorist activites.
  10. Hong Kong has a lot of shopping places, catering places and tourist attractions.
  11. Hong Kong mass media is well developed.

See also