“Bleisure” – sightseeing ahead of AFF 2015

Macau_my venitian
Arriving in Hong Kong on Friday evening ahead of the 2015 Asian Financial Forum, was a great opportunity to make the most of  catching the sights and meeting old friends ahead of the week long delegation activities.

I took the ferry across to Macau on Saturday which I hadn’t seen for 20 years. Like greater China, Macau has also leaped ahead with significant development and modernisation,  not just casinos but attracting business and the broader tourism market.

Macau_house of dancing water

Caught a performance of The House of Dancing Water, before heading back to Hong Kong Island to catch up with fellow delegates as they arrived.

 

HK-peakIf you only do one thing in Hong Kong, catch The Peak Tram to get a perspective of the Hong Kong skyline, although Sunday morning it wasn’t as clear.

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For lunch we took the ferry over to the famous Lamma Island  fishing village to check out the live markets, enjoy a casual lunch, and gain a different perspective to  bustling Hong Kong.

The mission welcome dinner at the exclusive Hong Kong Club included special guest Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, part of the global speaker line-up for the AFF Conference.

AFF_Welcome dinner w Josh Frydenberg

Aussie expats I’ve caught up with so far have shared their stories and provided fantastic insights of life here and the financial services environment for my research project.

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