Dear Participants of Indoor Air 2014
Welcome to Hong Kong!
The final version of our Participant Guide Book is now available on our website http://www.indoorair2014.org/images/Indoor_Air%20Book_final.pdf
You can find information on local travel, transport options to the conference venue including how to walk to the venue from a conference hotel, and Registration Desk.
Hong Kong is three-dimensional, and our campus too. To get to another place, you may need to walk up and down stairs, and/or take lifts or escalators. The google map may show you a short distance, but up and down, you may be very surprised to find out that it is not that short. We have placed some signage on entries to campus to help you to find the registration counter.
The Registration Desk is close to the Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre between Run Run Shaw Tower and Jockey Club Tower in the Central Podium (CPD) on LG/F. It will open at 12 noon, Monday July 7 and will remain open on July 8-11, 2014 from 8 am to 6 pm, and on July 12 to 4:30 pm.
The two speaker’s preparation rooms are CPD LG 60 and 61. You should have uploaded your PowerPoint file before your travel. In case needed, you are required to upload your PowerPoint file in these two rooms at least 24 hours before your presentation.
Here are some personal advices, apart from those in the Guide Book.
Transport from airport to town
I normally take Airport Express (return ticket, HK$180, about US$25), which stops at Kowloon and also Hong Kong Island (final destination), from there take a taxi to your hotel.
We use Hong Kong dollar, and 1US$ = 7.8 HK$7.8. There are small currency change stations in town. I personally prefer to use banks for currency exchange. Our campus has a small HSBC bank branch, but they do not have a big stock of most foreign currencies. Most credit cards can be accepted in most large shops in Hong Kong, but for taxi in Hong Kong and food on campus, cash is used. I suggest you to exchange some HK$ in cash at the Hong Kong International Airport.
Where to go, east and drink in Hong Kong if you arrive early or stay long
There are a lot to do for everyone. Some may go to Central for shopping (e.g. the last Airport Express stop in town is linked to a major shopping center, 2IFC), and others may go for hiking.
The following official website offers you guides on dinning, drink, and travel.
If you walk around Hong Kong, try to use bridges to avoid traffic noise. In Central, such foot bridges actually linked most of the buildings.
I usually take visitors to the Peak in late afternoon, say 6 pm, and then have a dinner up there, go up to the roof to take a good view of Hong Kong.
Weather and clothes
The weather is mostly hot and humid in July (30-34oC, 70-95%). It is already so. Hong Kong Observatory has the latest information.
I mostly wear T-shirt in summer. However, in some public indoor places such as restaurants, it can be rather cold. Air conditioning works “too well”. Hence it is not surprising that many Hong Kongers bring a sweater when they go to cinema and restaurant.
For most of conference activities, smart casual will be fine. Rain or isolated showers are also common in July. Bringing a umbrella is a good idea. You will also get one in your Conference Registration Bag.
What happens when there is Typhoon and Rainstorm
Hong Kong learns how to handle typhoons and rainstorms. We get 6-7 of them a year from May to September.
There are 4 typhoon signals based on wind speed and proximity. T1 and T3 are minor, T8 and T10 are serious. When T8 and T10 are “hoisted”, the city is shutdown. In parallel, there are also three torrential rain signals – amber, red and black. Black rains, work stops and the city is shutdown. They do not last long - a night or half day is the norm.
The Participant Guide Book contains our policy for when T8 or T10 or Black rain storm is hoisted. It is as follows:
The Conference Organizer will re-schedule / cancel / postpone sessions/activities to a later date and inform the participants of the details as soon as possible on the display board of the Registration Desk. The decision by the Conference Organizers is final.
For re-scheduling, we adopt the next-day-parallel approach, which means that cancelled activities will be re-scheduled to the next day whenever, with halved duration for each presentation in the two days. The third day activities will remain unchanged.
If the last day activities are cancelled, then no re-scheduling will be done. We shall announce the closing of the conference online.
For more information
13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
c/o MCI - Hong Kong
Phone: +852-3104 0732
I look forward to greeting you on July 7. Hope you will have a great stay in Hong Kong.
President of Indoor Air 2014