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ICEL 2012
21-22 June, Hong Kong, China
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Venue and other Useful Information ­ 7th International Conference on e-Learning ICEL-2012


Registered  participants  will receive specific Joining Instructions (JI’s) approximately two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope the following, general information will be helpful.




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Lantau Buddha


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Conference location

School of Continuing and Professional Studies,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Central Learning Centre,

1/F, Bank of America Tower,

12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong


Contact: Ms Chivas Phu, Manager of Centre Services

Tel: (852) 3111 7200

See the GoogleMap here or by typing ICEL 2012 Hong Kong into Google Maps.



University information

School of Continuing and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUSCS) was established in 1965 and is the largest unit of the University offering continuing and professional education. Under the quality governance structure of the University, the School provides world-class professional and lifelong education to serve the learning needs of the Community in developing the full potential of Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy.  In 2010-11 academic year, more than 1,200 general courses and 200 award-bearing programmes were offered, with a total enrolment of about 39,000.

In 2010, CUSCS established the Five Academies to leverage the University’s rich resources in different expert areas: Creative Academy, Liberal Arts Academy, Management Academy, Professional Development Academy and Advanced Development Academy. Programmes and courses delivered via these Academies cover a wide range of disciplines, including art, design and music, the humanities, creative media, business and management, accounting and finance, social sciences and public administration, languages, Chinese medicine and health care, information technology, and nature and environment etc., targeting at learners pursuing professional qualifications, career advancement or life enrichment.

While CUSCS has its head office on The Chinese University of Hong Kong campus, major learning centres are close to the coastline of the world-famous Victoria Harbour where the city centre is located. Click here to position the conference location in the Bank of America Tower.



Conference accommodation

Conference accommodation in Hong Kong is provided by 3 different hotels:


§             Metropark Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong on Hennessy Road. The hotel is located about 1.3Km from the conference venue. Google estimates this as an 18 minute walk. It is about 10 minutes walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station which is only 1 stop away from the Conference Venue. The ACI conference support team will be staying at this hotel. Should there be a requirement for ground transportation for the Conference Dinner this hotel will be the pick-up and drop off point.

§             The Garden View-YWCA Although it is not adjacent to a metro station, it takes around 15 minutes to walk from there to the Conference Venue, or about 5 - 10 minutes by taxi.  It is close to the famous Lan Kwai Fong where you can have a night out; or you can enjoy a walk in the nearby Zoological & Botanical Garden.

§             Novotel Hong Kong Century on Jatte Road. The hotel is located about 2 blocks (a 10 minute walk) from the Wan Chai subway station. The conference venue is just one stop away – about 2 blocks from the Admiralty station. It is also possible to walk to the conference venue.


Note: there is limited accommodation available at the conference rates so please book early.


Conference dinner venue

The Venue for the Conference dinner is the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant – see photo at the bottom of this page. The Conference dinner is included in your registration fee. I


General information

Hong Kong is situated on the southeastern coast of China and covers an area of 1,104 square kilometres (425 square miles). It comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, which incorporates 262 outlying islands, including Lantau where the airport is located. Hong Kong is geographically compact and boasts one of the world's most efficient public transport systems. Travelers can get around the city easily by taxi, ferry, rail, bus or tram.


Hong Kong was under British rule for 156 years before reverting to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. The unique blend of eastern and western influences has made Hong Kong a prime destination for business and tourism. Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. All official signs are bilingual. Most taxi drivers and salespeople are able to communicate in English.


Hong Kong offers a host of memorable tourist attractions within its compact area, with The Peak, Victoria Harbour and the Giant Buddha among the most awe-inspiring. One will be amazed by the diverse contrasts and close proximity of stunning cityscapes and soaring mountains, heritage sites and extensive green countryside. Unique dining and shopping experiences in Hong Kong have made the city more alluring to tourists. Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts more than 11,000 restaurants serving Cantonese and regional Chinese food, Asian cuisines and Western fare. Being a truly "Shoppers' Paradise", a sheer variety of products and brands in all price ranges can be found in Hong Kong.


Nationals of most countries do not require visas and can stay in Hong Kong for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Please check the details about visa requirements on Immigration Department's website.



Getting to Hong Kong

Hong Kong can be reached by air sea or rail. The new Hong Kong international Airport was opened in 1998. It is service by 90 different airlines and operates flights to 150 destinations, including about 40 mainland Chinese cities. Click here to visit the airport.



Arriving by air?

To and From Airport – Within Hong Kong

Getting to and from Hong Kong International Airport is easy, convenient and relatively inexpensive. 40 km / 25 miles from Hong Kong International Airport to the conference venue in Central.’ Travelers are recommended to take taxis or Airport Express train between the airport and city centre.


We suggest participants to take public transports to the venue, especially by the mass transit railway (MTR). Participants coming directly from the Hong Kong International Airport can take Airport Express train to the Hong Kong Station, and then go to the interconnected Central MTR Station on foot. CUSCS Central Learning Centre is adjacent to Central MTR Station (Exit J3) and Admiralty MTR Station (Exit B).

The Mass Transit Railway's (MTR) high-speed Airport Express takes approximately 24 minutes to Hong Kong Island and is the fastest transport link to the airport. Airport Express passengers can take a free shuttle bus from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to major hotels. Both these stations provide free in-town check-in services for major airlines. The Airport Express Train: HK$100 (one-way)

Taxis are readily available from the taxi pick-up area in front of the Arrivals Hall. Take a red taxi unless travelling only to Lantau (blue) or the New Territories (green). All taxis can go to and from the airport. Fares are metered and details of fares and extra charges are clearly displayed inside each cab. The cost is abound HK$300 (40 minutes)

There are 11 convenient Airbus “A” routes that can take you to key locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories including Lantau Island with fewer stops than an ordinary city bus. When you exit the Arrivals Hall, turn right for Airbuses and city buses.



Taxi Costs

From airport to the venue: about HK$300 (40 minutes)



Hong Kong’s transport network

The Mass Transit Railway provides extensive coverage offering both light rail and bus services. Rail and bus maps, fares, and further information can be found on the MTR Web site.




Getting to the venue

We suggest participants to take public transports to the venue, especially by the mass transit railway (MTR). Participants coming directly from the Hong Kong International Airport can take Airport Express train to the Hong Kong Station, and then go to the interconnected Central MTR Station on foot. CUSCS Central Learning Centre is adjacent to Central MTR Station (Exit J3) and Admiralty MTR Station (Exit B).




Climate in the conference month

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. Typhoon season is May to November. The average temperature range in late June is 25 - 35°C. To find current weather information in Hong Kong click here



Local Newspaper

To learn more about local happenings click on the South China Morning Post or The Standard



Currency and exchange rates

Click here for up to date currency exchange rates



Time zone

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours



Dialling codes

Click here to find the International Dialling Code



Getting from the Airport to the recommended accommodations

The Metropark Hotel website has an airport transfer service is available:




Getting from the Metropark Hotel to the Bank of America Tower

The conference host recommends participants o take the tube, which is known as the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong tel: (852) 2881 8888.  Participants can walk to the nearest MTR station from Metropark Hotel, i.e. the MTR Wan Chai Station to either MTR Admiralty or Central Station. The fare is HK$4 for a single trip.  There are MTR exits marked on the venue map.

Local bus service is also a possibility. There are a number of bus routes operated by First Bus, tel: (852) 2136 8888; however as these bus routes are not door to door from Metropark Hotel to Bank of America Tower (conference venue). We have been advised that the MTR is the prefered method of reaching the conference venue, as it may not prove easy for participants to identify the bus stops and destinations. 



Other useful links

(Please note: ACL are not responsible for the content on external sites).

Web links to the tourist sites for Hong Kong


Hong Kong Tourism Board

Airport parking and airport hotels - car parking at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester and all major UK airports







Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant







Updated 22 June 2012


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