Markets in Hong Kong


For shopping enthusiasts, Hong Kong is truly a paradise, with countless shopping malls and designer boutiques. The city is also home to several computer centers offering all types of electronic goods. Hong Kong’s many street markets offer visitors another unique shopping experience. 

For clothes, accessories and souvenirs, check out Stanley Market in the Southern District or Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok in the afternoon. Similar items can be found at Temple Street Night Market in Jordan, which opens later in the day, though it also features popular outdoor restaurants, Chinese fortune tellers and karaoke. 

Located near Temple Street is the Jade Market, two buildings that are home to countless stalls selling jade, pearls and many other types of semi-precious stones. Shoppers can also find mahjong sets, chess boards and cloisonné trinkets for sale here. 

The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and the Flower Market are both located in Prince Edward. Although they sell items mainly for residents rather than tourists, they are both worth a visit. With beautiful tropical flowers of many varieties and birds of all kinds, these markets have a wonderful atmosphere of unique sights and sounds.  

No matter where you choose to shop in Hong Kong, don’t forget to bring along some Hong Kong dollars, though Chinese renminbi may be accepted at some locations. And when shopping in the markets, don’t forget to bargain with the vendors to get a better price!

New Member Societies Joining APAO 2018: LOS, PacEYES

A total of 5 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2018 in Hong Kong. In this newsletter, we feature the Lao Ophthalmological Society (LOS) and the Pacific Eye-Care Society (PacEYES), two new region-based APAO Associate Members.

Established in 2006, LOS is currently under the direction of Prof. Dr. Vithoune Visonnavong (pictured) as president, Dr. Khamphoua Southisombath as vice president and Dr. Phetsamone Indara as secretary. LOS is a member of the Asian Ophthalmology Society (AOS) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).


PacEYES is unique because its members reside in several different island nations in the Pacific, but the society is based in Fiji. Dr. Elenoa Matoto-Raikabakaba was recently elected as the new PacEYES president.


Meet the Co-Hosts of APAO 2018

This year, the annual APAO Congress is lucky to have not one, but two local co-hosts. Read on to learn more about these two important ophthalmic organizations in Hong Kong.4dcf3528-db0a-4469-8666-2814f82aa77c.jpg

The Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society (HKOS) was established with the objectives to maintain and upgrade the quality of eye care in Hong Kong and to foster brotherhood among eye care professionals serving the public in Hong Kong. As an APAO member society, HKOS is represented by Dr. Dexter Leung on the APAO Council.

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Hong Kong Entry Requirements

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

The APAO Secretariat encourages 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 APAO 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

Spotlight on International Pediatric Partner Societies

This year, Congress organizers are pleased to partner with three international pediatric ophthalmic societies on the pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus subspecialty area of the scientific program. Our thanks to the following societies for their generous support of the 2018 APAO Congress in Hong Kong.

  • The mission of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) is to advance the quality of children’s eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology and advance the care of adults with strabismus. Membership in AAPOS comprises several different categories, including 906 active/charter members and 329 international members. Currently, Dr. Derek T. Sprunger is president of AAPOS.
  • The International Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Council (IPOSC) works to preserve and restore eye health and enhance visual function in children, and ocular alignment and binocularity in children and adults throughout the world. Prof. Frank Martin, who is also an APAO Council Member and Scientific Coordinator for APAO 2018, is the current IPOSC president.
  • The goal of the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) is enhancing lives of children with eye disorders and those with strabismus throughout the world. The society is made up of 18 chapters in different countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the Asia-Pacific region. WSPOS is governed by an Executive Bureau of 5 directors.


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New Member Society Joining APAO 2018: MOS

A total of 5 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2018 in Hong Kong. In this issue, we feature the Myanmar Ophthalmological Society (MOS), one of APAO’s new National Member Societies.

Established in 1957, MOS now organizes the Myanmar Ophthalmological Conference annually and convenes a Mid-Year Academic Meeting every 2 years. At present, MOS membership includes 345 ophthalmologists. Prof. Chaw Chaw Khaing is the current president of MOS, and she will also serve as the society’s Regional Secretary on the APAO Council.

New Wet Lab Sessions at APAO 2018

Congress organizers are pleased to announce that wet lab surgical training sessions will be organized for the first time in an APAO Congress at APAO 2018. Such sessions may be scheduled on popular topics, including glaucoma, cornea, retina and more. Further details of wet labs and the scientific program at APAO 2018 will be available soon.

New Member Society Joining the APAO Congress for the First Time: IrSO

A total of 5 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2018 in Hong Kong. Today, we feature the Iranian Society of Ophthalmology (IrSO), who has joined as a national member.

Currently, Dr. Mahmoud Jabbarvand Behrouz (pictured) is president of IrSO and Dr. Siamak Zarei-Ghanavati will serve as the society’s APAO Regional Secretary. Founded in 1947, IrSO now has more than 1800 members and 7 subspecialty societies including Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, Glaucoma, Orbit and Plastic Surgery, Strabismus, Pediatrics and Uveitis. The international IrSO Congress has been held annually since 1990.



Stay tuned for details of APAO’s 4 additional new member societies!

Spotlight on International Partner Societies

This year, Congress organizers are pleased to partner with many international ophthalmic societies in curating an innovative scientific program. Our thanks to the following societies for their generous support of the 2018 APAO Congress in Hong Kong.


The Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) is a university-centered international organization committed to excellence in education, research and medical services to preserve and restore vision.

Active membership in AOI is limited to 100 Chairs, who are formally nominated and elected by the membership to fill a specific Chair once it becomes vacant. An ophthalmologist who has been engaged in the study, research or practice of ophthalmology for at least 15 years and who has published not less than 100 scientific papers, reports or books is eligible to be nominated for membership. Currently, the AOI President is Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, who is also an APAO Councilor-at-Large.


The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) advances research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders.

With about 12,000 members from over 75 countries, ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Dr. Claude F. Burgoyne is the current president of the ARVO Board of Trustees.


The European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) aims to encourage research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning the eye and vision by means of meetings, publications and exchange of information.

Covering all areas of ophthalmology and visual sciences, EVER is the leading ophthalmological research association in Europe, with more than 850 members from 48 countries. At present, the EVER President is Dr. Andrew Dick of Bristol.

Top Things to Do in Hong Kong

With countless restaurants, excellent public transportation and a variety of historic and cultural sites, Hong Kong is a vibrant city perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Here are just a few of the city’s must-visit locales.

Of Hong Kong’s many tourist attractions, none is more popular than The Peak, one of the tallest mountains rising behind the skyscrapers of the city below. On a clear day, the views from The Peak on Hong Kong Island are truly impressive, and the historic tram ride up to the top is not to be missed.

After taking the famous Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor, visitors will disembark near the old railway station clock tower and the scenic waterfront promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui. The popular Avenue of Stars, which is currently under renovation, has been relocated to the nearby Garden of Stars. It features statues of famous celebrities from the Hong Kong film industry, such as martial arts experts Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Further afield on Lantau Island are Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha statue, commonly called the Big Buddha. Built of 160 bronze pieces, the statue and its base together are 34 meters tall! Although these attractions can be reached by road, the scenic Ngong Ping Cable Car from Tung Chung is highly recommended. Try a glass-bottomed compartment if you dare!

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