HKS 2014 Past Events

Visit and Lecture at the British Museum

Date: Thursday 4th December 2014
Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 10.30am start

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The Hong Kong Society has been invited to organise a special visit to the Ming Exhibition at the British Museum. The exhibition runs from 18 September 2014 to 5 January 2015 but our specialist visit will be on 4th December and will include a Lecture by the Curator and then entry to the exhibition.

This will be a good chance to learn more about China’s Ming dynasty, a remarkable golden age of a global superpower between AD 1400 and 1450. Chinese artists  were then being influenced increasingly by the outside world thus bringing new ideas for paintings as well as for  other salient objects. From the historical to the recently discovered collections of Chinese imperial porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles, all these will be highlights.


10.30 – Coffee / Tea and biscuits in the CEC Foyer

11.00 – Curator’s Lecture

12.00 – Free time for Lunch

1.30 / 1.40 / 1.50 – Timed ticket for Ming Exhibition

The Hong Kong Society Annual Dinner

Guest: HRH The Duke of York, KG


Date:   Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA (note the change in venue)
Time:  6.30pm Drinks Reception, 7.20pm Dinner
Cost:   £79 per head (member) / £94 per head (non member),
£60 per head for HKS members under 30
Price includes pre-dinner drinks, 3 course dinner, wine and soft drinks
Dress:  Black Tie preferably but suits will be perfectly acceptable

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We are honoured that HRH The Duke of York, will speak at the Annual Dinner on 2nd December. A regular visitor to Hong Kong and China, His Royal Highness focuses on skills and young people, entrepreneurship and science technology and engineering. The Hong Kong Society has been doing much in these fields in recent years.

Kelly Hoppen 2We are also very pleased that Kelly Hoppen, MBE, will speak at the end of the dinner on the challenges and rewards of professional life as an entrepreneur.

In her sixteenth year she launched her interior design career with a relentless passion and is today a multi award-winning designer and one of the industry’s most celebrated authorities.  Her evolving style is underpinned by a subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones. Her various projects over the years include designing private homes, yachts, hotels, private jets and commercial spaces internationally, including China and Hong Kong.Her newest venture is product designing for her new luxury homewear online store

Kelly is a proud ambassador for the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign and is a high-profile Dragon in the BBC’s hit show ‘Dragons’ Den’.

Sophie GopsillAs in previous years, we will once again be showcasing Hong Kong culture at the Annual Dinner. This year, guests will be treated towards the end of the evening to a performance by Mezzo soprano Sophie Gopsill. Ms Gopsill is a Chinese multi-talented mezzo-soprano with over 30 years of professional singing and acting experience. Born in Hong Kong, in 1950 her parents moved to China to conduct and direct western opera. Her father, famous conductor and composer Zhuo Ming Lee (卓明理), directed the Beijing National Opera House and the Harbin Opera House. Her mother, Deng Wan Sheng (邓宛生), who is a direct descendant of the aristocratic family of Deng Shi Ru (邓石如), the Qing Dynasty calligrapher, was operatic director.

There will be a special raffle draw in the evening with a sole prize of 2 Premium Economy Return tickets to Hong Kong (with Cathay Pacific Airways), with a 3 night stay for 2 at the award winning luxury Upper House Hotel in Pacific Place (Swire Properties)

This dinner is kindly supported by

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Meet the Mentor Supper

Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London, W1C 1ES
Time: 7.00pm Drinks, 7.30pm Supper
Cost:   £40 (HKS members), £50 (non members). Price includes a 2 course meal and drinks

A dinner for a maximum of 30 members with four experienced mentors, all involved in the banking and financial services industries, is being planned for the evening of Wednesday 5th November. This is the first in a series of the ‘Meet the Mentor’ Suppers, each one focussing on a specific sector.

A Banker, an Asset Manager, an Accountant and the Chief Executive of a company focussed on Strategic Financial Communications  will relate their experiences to those attending and share their views and perceptions.. This supper is suitable for all those thinking of embarking on careers in these industries; it will be an informal and useful exchange of information and discussion.

The dinner will be in a Private Room in the elegant and comfortable Oriental Club.

In the chair:

Mark Patterson retired from Standard Chartered Bank in 2013, having worked there since 2004. He has also worked in Hong Kong for 12 years as the CEO of Deutsche Morgan Grenfel. He is currently a Consultant in Financial Services and is also a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society.Carrie Waley is the CEO of Mandarin Consulting. She is a pioneer for career coaching for Chinese graduates entering international job markets. Every year, her company has helped several hundred university students and graduates to embark on their career.

The Mentors:

David Graham, Managing Director, BlackRock
A member of BlackRock’s Global Client Group, Mr Graham has been with the company since 1994, before which he was with Lazards.

Mark Gray, Managing Director, Corporate Development, Standard Chartered Bank
Mr Gray has responsibility for the origination, analysis and execution of acquisitions and disposals for Standard Chartered. His career started in Hong Kong in 1994; he studied at Cambridge and SOAS.

Andrew Jaques, Chief Executive, MHP Financial
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mr Jaques has been a Financial public relations adviser for the past 14 years and has been at CEO level for the past five years. Prior to this, Mr Jaques spent 12 years as a corporate broker with HSBC, BZW and Credit Suisse. He has considerable experience in advising management teams on their financial and investor communications and related transactional activity, particularly in the areas of IPOs, M&A and capital raisings.

Suwei Jiang, Lead Partner and Senior China Advisor, PwC UK China Business Group
Ms Jiang started the Chinese Business Group of PwC in 2007 and has built it into a team of 70 people. She is deeply experienced in M&A Transactions, IPO Projects and assurance engagements in both UK and China. A former Council Member at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and former member of its International Advisory Panel, she was born and brought up in China.

Visit our Meet the Mentors page to read all about this event.

Hong Kong Society Evening Reception at Hua Gallery

With Guest Speaker: Lucy Choi

Date: Wednesday 15th October
Venue: Hua Gallery, Albion, London SW11 4AX
Time: 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society is delighted to have Lucy Choi, an exciting new couture shoe designer, to be our guest speaker at an evening reception to be held on 15th October at the Hua Gallery.

Lucy was experienced in business and  the luxury footwear industry before becoming a designer, having been inspired by her uncle, Jimmy Choo. She launched her own shoe label, Lucy Choi London, in 2012.  Lucy will talk informally about the inspiration for her designs, the challenges of setting up a commercial enterprise in the fashion world today, and trends on the catwalks influencing shoe designs for the next few seasons.  She will be happy to answer any questions from aspiring designers and young entrepreneurs.

The  Hua Gallery, as indicated from its name (Hua in Chinese means a painting), is the only gallery in London dedicated to showing Chinese contemporary art.  By showing different stimulating artistic symbolisms, the gallery contributes enormously to the growth in popularity around the world of this fast-changing genre.  On display until 20th October is an exhibition by artist Lu Xinjian: City DNA IV.

The evening will conclude at about 8.15pm.

Younger Members Sunday Social

Lunch and cocktail reception for young professionals

Date:     Sunday 12th October
Venue:  Drunken Monkey, 221-222 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ (please note the change in venue)
Time:    12.30pm till 16.00pm
Cost:     £15.50 per person

The Hong Kong Society invites you to join us for a relaxing afternoon of socialising with London’s largest network of young professionals who have interests in the Far East, at a delicious Chinese lunch.

All attendees will receive a complimentary cocktail on arrival followed by an appetising Chinese lunch at the Drunken Monkey, in Shoreditch, which has been described as an oriental themed venue with an ‘atmospheric dining experience’. The restaurant is conveniently located between Liverpool St and Old St Stations.

Entry is only £15.50 per person in advance

12.30pm – Cocktail Reception
13.00pm – Chinese Lunch
14.00pm – Networking Reception

Book in advance to join

Space is very limited and available on a first come first served basis. Past events have all completely sold out – be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!


Participating networks

Hong Kong Society, EY Far East Network, Barclays Chinese Community, China Accenture Connection, Deloitte China Service Group, EB China Connections, HSBC HCC, KPMG China Club, LSE Confucius Institute, PwC China Interest Group, RBS Chinese Society

Hong Kong Society Supper Guest Speaker: Anson Chan

Date: Thursday 2nd October 2014
Time:  7.00pm Drinks, 7.30pm Supper
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES


Anson Chan will be well known to many members. She retired in 2001 after nearly forty distinguished years in the Hong Kong Civil Service. She was Chief Secretary at the time of the handover and remained in the same post until 2001.

A popular and highly respected personality, Anson Chan has retained keen interest in a number of key issues as Hong Kong’s role as Special Administrative Region of China has evolved and will share at this informal and off-the-record supper her perceptions for the future.


The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

Date: Thursday 31st July 2014
Time: 7.15pm – 10.00pm
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The tour will last about an hour after which drinks and a buffet supper will be served in the Yeoman Warders Club. The supper is now provided by an in-house caterer, as opposed to the fish and chips of recent years.

The Ceremony of the Keys, which represents a 700 years old tradition, will take place at 9.30pm.

After the Ceremony members may return to the Yeoman Warders Club for a final drink.

Sunday Dim Sum @ Ping Pong – 27th July

Venue: Ping Pong Restaurant, Bow Bells House, 1 Bread Street, London, EC2V 6DL
Time: 12.15
Cost: £15.99 per person

Come Join Us For an Afternoon of Dim-Sum and Ping Pong Fun!

Networking Social from London’s Leading China Networks

Complementary Cocktail Upon Entry

Ping Pong Tournament!

Excellent Value – £15.99 for an 8 Piece Set of Dim Sum in an Exquisite Restaurant

90 Tickets Completely Sold Out Last Year! – Don’t Miss Out!


12:15 pm – Cocktail Reception

13:00 pm -Dim Sum Lunch

14:00 pm – Networking Reception & Tournament

Invited Networks:

EB China Connection, HK Society, HSBC HCCE&Y Far East Network, LSE Confucius Institute, PwC China Interest GroupChina Accenture Connection, Barclays Chinese Community, RBS Chinese Society, KPMG China ClubJP Morgan AsPIRE, Thomson Reuters Asian Affinity Group, LBS China Club, London 7980+90s Professional Group, MyPace Mandarin Group, Deloitte China Service Group

Polo at Ham Polo Club

Date: Sunday 20th July 2014
Venue: Ham Polo Club, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH
Time: 11.00am – 6.00pm (Polo starts at 11.00am and departure time is entirely optional)
Costs See Below:
Option A – Picnic: £10 (members)  £20 (non-members)
Option B – Membership Enclosure (for whole day and including a two-course buffet lunch): £60 (members) £80 (non-members)

Members of The Hong Kong Society have had very good visits in the last two years, watching this spectacular game. Only eight miles from Hyde Park Corner, Ham is the last remaining polo club in Greater London. Founded in 1926, it has an established and distinguished reputation for excellent playing and social facilities combined with a relaxed family atmosphere.

We plan to organise the day at two levels; one for those who want to have a family, self-catering, relatively cheap day out and another level for those who want to spend the day in comfort, sipping enjoyable drinks, eating a good lunch and watching the polo from comfortable seats in a special enclosure.

Polo starts at Ham at 11.00am on 20th July and will continue until about 6.00pm. Members could arrive any time after 11.00am; there are two main matches.

There are two plans:
Plan A: Bring your own picnic/chairs/ rugs. If it looks like rain a marquee will be erected by the side of the ground to provide cover. The Chairman and the players will join the party for a time. A talk will be given outlining of the rules/fundamentals of the game.Watch from the marquee area.
Plan B:Sit on the veranda of the Members Enclosure, enjoying a three course lunch, watching in comfort.

Please try and form parties, come with families or just come alone.

Society Lunch in Hursley

Date: Thursday 10th July 2014
Venue: The Kings Head at Hursley, Nr Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2JW
Time: 12.30pm
Cost: £30 per person (members) / £35 per person (non members)

The King's Head, Hursley

The Society has booked a room at this widely acclaimed pub which is easily accessible from the M3 and a few miles from the centre of Winchester, for a lunch for those members who live in the region.

There will be a two course meal (choices will be offered in advance of the day). A cash bar will be available throughout.

All members who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. Please bring friends or anyone else with connections with Hong Kong.

A special evening visit to Kew Gardens

And its collection of Chinese Medicinal Plants

Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Time: 6.00pm, Group meet at Cambridge Cottage which is situated on Kew Green
Cost: £7 per person (members), £15 per person (non-members)

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China has a long history of using its diverse flora for medicinal use and today these plants have become an integral part of its national and other nation’s healthcare programmes.   Kew has a unique collection; in its laboratories are housed 80% of all such plants, the drug parts specified in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia and many of their commonly traded substitutes.

The Chinese Medicinal Plants Authentication Centre (CMPAC) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew offers an authentication service for the wide and increasing range of Chinese herbs currently available on the international market. Join us for a behind the scenes tour at Kew’s CMPAC.

After tea or coffee and cakes at Cambridge Cottage (near the entrance at Kew), the party will be given a conducted tour of Kew Gardens and then be given a special tour of the herbal collection by the curator.

6.00pm               Arrival at Cambridge Cottage (Kew Green)
6.00 – 6:30pm    Tea and Coffee in Cambridge Cottage
6.30 – 7.00pm    Guided Tour of the Gardens
7pm – 7.30pm    Conducted Tour of Chinese Medicinal Plant Collection
7.45pm               Depart via Elizabeth Gate

Further guidance, including meeting point and parking facilities will be sent to those coming.

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2014

This year’s London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will take place on Sunday, 29th June from 11:30 to 18:00 at the London Regatta Centre in the Royal Albert Docks.  The festival is once again sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.  More information about the Dragon Boat Festival is available at

Programme of the day will be as follows -

11:30     Races to start
12.30    Opening ceremony
17:45     Presentation of prizes
18:00    Closing

Last year’s festival was a great success with around 40 teams and thousands of visitors. We are expecting more teams this year and there will be a wonderful land programme with performances, stalls and games for children.

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire

Date: Tuesday 24th June
Venue: The Royal Oak Inn, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 3DL
Time: 12.00 for 12.30
Cost: £28 per person (members) / £35 per person (non members)


Following the success of last year’s lunch, the Society has once again booked a private room at the Royal Oak Inn, which is situated in the village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham, for a gathering for those members who live in the region. The pub has featured in the Daily Telegraph Top 70 Inns in Britain.

Karen Penlington Luard, Chairman of the Hong Kong Society will attend and will, in the informative and insightful way for which she is well known, give an update on the Society and on her recent visits to Hong Kong.

There will be a two course meal (choices will be offered in advance of the day), followed by tea or coffee afterwards. A cash bar will be available throughout.

All members who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. Please bring friends or anyone else with connections with Hong Kong

Society Scottish Regional Lunch

Date: Wednesday 18th June
Venue: Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
Time: 12 noon for 1.00pm
Cost: £23 per head, included in this price for the first time is a welcome drink


Our speaker on this occasion will be Erica Ng.

Erica is Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and is visiting Edinburgh on business and will be accompanied by her Deputy Director-General, Noel Pun. She will address us on Hong Kong’s strengths as an International Finance Centre, in particular their role as the World’s leading offshore Renminbi Centre.

We have been very fortunate that Erica is prepared to spare some time to talk to us during her hectic programme and I would hope that as many members as possible will attend.

Society Supper in West Sussex

Date: Thursday 12th June 2014
Venue: The Noah’s Ark Inn, The Green, Lurgashall, West Sussex GU28 9ET
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm
Cost: £30 per person (members) / £35 per person (non members). All welcome!


The Noah’s Ark is a beautiful 16th century Inn situated in the picturesque village of Lurgashall, overlooking the cricket green and nestled beneath Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex. The Society has taken a 40-seat private room in this highly recommended pub. The food is very good.

There will be a two course meal (three choices for each course will be offered to those attending plus coffee). A cash bar will be available throughout.

All members who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. Please bring friends or anyone else with connections with Hong Kong

Trooping the Colour – Special seats at the Major General’s Review

*Members only event*

Date: Saturday 31st May 2014
Time: 10.00 am
Venue: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
Cost: £5 per person


One of the great annual sights in London is the Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall on Her Majesty’s ‘Official Birthday’. All available Foot Guards, Household Cavalry and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery march and ride past Her Majesty.

Household Troops comprise the Footguards, Household Cavalry and Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery and are the personal guard of The Queen. It is important to remember that these are also fighting troops; many of those on parade will be veterans of various campaigns including Afghanistan and Iraq. About 1,000 men in bearskins, tunics and full uniform will be on parade; there will be a Massed Band, a Mounted Band, and a large number of cavalry. The parade will be reviewed, ‘troop’ their colour and then march past twice. The Queen will not be present on the 31st May, but the Dress Rehearsal parade will be taken by the General in command of all Household Troops.

All have to be seated by 10.00 am, but the actual event starts at 11.00 and finishes at 12.00.

The Society has applied for 30 good seats for the first of two dress rehearsal, which will be held two weeks before the real parade. We cannot be certain of receiving tickets until the end of March but will confirm them to all who have applied.

If you are interested in applying for tickets for the parade, which are strictly for members of the Hong Kong Society only, please contact or by telephone on 020 7963 9447. They will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

We are also planning a Chinese lunch in nearby Chinatown immediately afterwards. When we inform you on availability of tickets, we will ask you if you would like to join the lunch. This will have to be prepaid and will cost in the region of £25 per head.

Society Women’s Group Spring Lunch

With Guest Speakers: Howard Webster and Julianne Lee

Date: Wednesday 30th April
Venue: Imperial China Restaurant, 25a Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA
Time: 12.30pm Lunch
Cost: £30 per person (members) / £40 per person (non members)

The Society Women’s Group has invited Howard Webster and Julianne Lee to its Spring Lunch.

Howard Webster is a globally published photographer, writer and director. His work has been published in magazines as diverse as the Sunday Times Magazine, the Irish Times Magazine and Russian Vogue.

He is the co-author of Canton Elegy and the writer/director of the upcoming movie Meet Pursuit Delange.

BookSet against the backdrop of the events that shaped China in the twentieth century – the Chinese Civil War, the Second World War, the Cultural Revolution – Canton Elegy is a love story, an adventure story and an intimate portrait of a family bound together by devotion as they struggle to survive. With his wife Belle and their four young children, Stephen Jin-Nom Lee braves famine and flood, corruption and the devastation of war, to make a home and a life for the ones he holds dear. From the 300-mile journey Belle undertakes on foot when she and the children are trapped behind enemy lines in Hong Kong, to the night when he stands at his window watching Canton burn, Stephen observes his world with an artist’s sensibility and tells the family’s story with great tenderness – all so that his children may understand their history and remember their father’s love.

Howard is married to Stephen Jin-Nom Lee’s granddaughter Julianne Lee, who is head of Public Affairs EMEA Region at MetLife. They have two year old twins and live in London.

LSE HKPASS Entrepreneurship Competition

Hosted by the students at London School of Economics HKPASS (the LSE HK Public Affairs and Social Services Society), sponsored by HSBC and supported by the Hong Kong Association and Society, HKETO and others, the Hong Kong Entrepreneurship Competition aims to foster, within the University community, an awareness of entrepreneurship and of business opportunities in Hong Kong.

The competition, which starts in November 2013, is for teams of 4 to 6 students from any UK-based universities who will formulate and present to a panel of judges a business plan based on the unique business environment in Hong Kong. The four best entries will be asked to present their business proposals in the final on March 20 2014. We believe this competition, which is being opened to all universities in UK, will serve not only as a learning platform for ambitious young entrepreneurs but also allow them to get to know Hong Kong better.

Important Dates
December 13, 2013    Launch Reception: Meeting the Mentors
March 7, 2014             Business Proposals Due
March 21, 2014           Presentations & Closing Ceremony

Lecture on ‘The World of Antique Collecting’ and Afternoon Tea


Date: 4.00pm, Sunday 23rd March 2014
Venue: Duke of York Square (off Sloane Square), London, SW3 4LY
Cost: £15 for members only (includes admission, afternoon tea, the talk, a BADA Handbook and a voucher for a return visit the following day).

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Afternoon Tea and a special talk at the British Antique Dealers’ Association annual Fair has been organised for members of the Hong Kong Society. A visit to the Fair is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in art and antiques: where a dazzling array of top quality furniture, paintings, clocks, ceramics, jewellery and silver can be viewed and bought.

The great attraction of this annual visit is the easy access to the stands of about 90 of the best art and antique dealers in the UK. It is all beautifully laid out and presented.

The BADA Fair has very kindly arranged a special talk to our members on ‘The World of Antique Collecting’ at which helpful hints and suggestions will be made by Lennox Cato, an exhibitor and specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

The Fair is open to the public each day at 11am from 19th March to 25th March 2014. (Normal admission is £10 single, £15 double (without afternoon tea and talk)).
Members of the Society who book this event and pay in advance through the relevant offices, can enter the Fair after 11.00 am during the day of 23rd March, pick up their ticket(s) from the ticket desk in Reception at the Fair, and receive their copy of the BADA Handbook, together with a re-entry pass to revisit the Fair again on Monday or Tuesday.  Members wanting to step out of the Fair during the course of the day on Sunday, should ask for a ‘same day re-entry pass’ from Security as they exit.  The Event ticket is valid for the talk and afternoon tea in the Cellini Restaurant as follows:

From 11.00am:
Entry to the Fair with ticket pre-paid and collected at the Fair.

Group meets at the Cellini Restaurant within the Fair, for afternoon tea which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, slice of Absolute Taste’s famous chocolate brownie and a selection of cakes
– a floor plan will be available at the front desk when you collect your ticket(s).

Welcome by Gillian Craig – Director of the Fair

Talk on ‘The World of Antique Collecting’ by Lennox Cato, an exhibitor and a regular contributor on the BBC’s  Antiques Roadshow.

Free to roam in the fair

The Fair closes

Younger Members Sunday Social

Lunch and cocktail reception for young professionals

Date:     Sunday 9th March 2014
Venue:   The Drunken Monkey, 221-222 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ
Time:    2.30 pm
Cost:     £20 per person (members); £25 per person (non members)

Come and join the Hong Kong Society’s Young Professionals Group’s first social event of the year.

Following on from the success of the previous Sunday Social event, this year’s Sunday Social will be held at the Drunken Monkey – an oriental-themed venue with “an atmospheric dining experience” – think red lanterns, dimmed lighting, large mirrors and exquisite paintings, in a Kung Fu kitsch setting. The restaurant is conveniently located between Liverpool Street and Old Street stations.


Book in advance to join
All attendees will receive a complimentary cocktail and an appetising Chinese lunch. Space is very limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Society Annual Lecture 2014

Date: Thursday 20th February 2014
Venue: East India Club, 16 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LH
Time: 6.00pm Cash bar, 6.30pm Lecture, 8.15pm Supper
Cost for the lecture: £10 (members)  £15 (non-members)

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David Bellis, the curator of the website,which is described as ‘a friendly place where people can share what they know about Old Hong Kong’, is visiting UK in February and has kindly agreed to show a selection of special photographs from his collection and tell the stories behind them. Most of the photos he’ll show were taken in the early years of the twentieth century and show a Hong Kong which has long since disappeared. They have been scanned at high resolution and digitally restored, allowing him to zoom in to show hidden depths.

Mr Bellis will show and talk about his slides for about 35 minutes covering four themes:

* A walk around Central
* West to East along Queen’s Road
* South to North from Peak to Kowloon
* Construction and Destruction

Then we are hoping that others will join in the reminiscences of their own and that the evening will become an exchange of memories of old Hong Kong. You are encouraged to bring albums or similiar records of earlier days, and share them with the group.

It would be helpful to us if you told us if you do wish to participate by bringing anything (we will need to provide tables etc). Please contact Fiona Duong at or by telephone on 020 79639447 if you wish to participate.

A cash bar will be available from 6.00 pm and for a short time after the lecture.

A supper with other participants and David Bellis will be organised in a nearby pub; those who want to join it are asked to tell us well in advance and to bring £30 in cash with them.



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