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July 2017 | 3rd Issue
Scientific Program Committee and Hotel Information Announced
    In This Issue

World-Class Scientific Program Committee
Spotlight on International Society Symposia
Hotel Reservation Now Open
Entry Requirements
Hong Kong’s Shopping Scene

    World-Class Scientific Program Committee
 

Featuring leading experts in the field from around the world, the Scientific Program Committee for the inaugural Asia-Pacific Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology Society (APSPOS) Congress in Hong Kong has been finalized. Congress organizers would like to thank the individuals below for their assistance in preparing a world-class scientific program for this important new meeting.

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   Spotlight on International Society Symposia
 

The inaugural APSPOS Congress is fortunate to partner with several esteemed organizations in pediatric ophthalmology from around the world, including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the International Strabismological Association (ISA) and the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS). Congress organizers are pleased to announce that ISA will present a symposium on Day 1, with both AAPOS and WSPOS organizing symposia on Day 2 of the inaugural APSPOS Congress.

 
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Be sure to mark your calendars for these can’t-miss sessions!

 
   Hotel Reservation Now Open
 
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Now open for booking! Hotel reservation for the inaugural APSPOS Congress is now available through the online Congress system for all paid delegates.

The official hotel of the inaugural APSPOS Congress is the 5-star Royal Plaza Hotel located adjacent to Mong Kok East MTR Station. In 2017, the hotel was named as one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 hotels for families in China and top 25 hotels for families in Asia.

For more information, please visit http://2017.apspos.org/hotel-reservation/.

 
   Entry Requirements
 

Nationals of many countries can travel to Hong Kong without a visa. However, for some individuals a visa may be required. The Hong Kong immigration department has special arrangements for Mainland Chinese passport holders as well as those from Taiwan

The APSPOS Congress organizers encourage anyone who requires a visa to enter Hong Kong to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid any last-minute delays or complications. Delegates who have registered for the inaugural APSPOS Congress can generate an invitation letter for visa application purposes after logging in to the congress system.

For a complete list of countries and their respective entry requirements, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html.

 
   Hong Kong’s Shopping Scene
 
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With countless stores ranging from budget to high-end couture, Hong Kong is a dream destination for shoppers. In addition to a wide variety of shopping malls, the city is also home to several computer centers offering different types of electronic goods. However, Hong Kong’s many street markets provide visitors with a more unique and exciting shopping experience.

Not far from the APSPOS Congress venue are the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and the Flower Market, both located in Prince Edward. Although they may not be the best place to find souvenirs, these markets provide excellent photo opportunities. With beautiful tropical flowers and exotic birds, these markets have an exciting atmosphere with unique sights and sounds.

For Hong Kong souvenirs, as well as clothes and accessories, spend the afternoon at Stanley Market in the Southern District or Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok. Temple Street Night Market in Jordan is another great option, which also features popular outdoor restaurants, Chinese fortune tellers and karaoke till late in the evening.

The Jade Market is an indoor market located near Temple Street. Inside two separate buildings are countless stalls selling jade, pearls and a variety of other semi-precious stones. Mahjong sets, chess boards and cloisonné trinkets are just a few of the many items for sale here.

No matter where you shop in Hong Kong, don’t forget to bring Hong Kong dollars, though some locations may accept Chinese renminbi. And when buying items in the markets, don’t forget to bargain with the vendors to get a better price!

 
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   APSPOS Congress Secretariat

 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences,
4/F Hong Kong Eye Hospital
147K Argyle Street
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490
Email: secretariat@apspos.org