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Tour of Bethanie in Pokfulam

****Breaking news*** (always wanted to say that)

At lunch time I went to a HK Ticketing sales outlet in the Academy for Performing Arts.  There are apparently no guided tours on weekends as they like to free the venue for private bookings (presumably except the museum).

Guided tours are generally available on weekdays and on certain days when Bethanie is open to the public with guided tour.  Next available on a weekend is 3rd August.

Consequently, we are able to go to the Museum of Bethanie as per our original plan on Sunday afternoon, minus guided tour.

If we could meet at Le Petit Cafe in Pacific Place at 2.15pm-2.30pm for a coffee, we could then catch a bus at approximately 3.15 pm as follows:

Bus No. 40M from  Central Govt Offices, Admiralty

Bus No. 31 from Pacific Place

Bus No. 22 from Hong Kong Park

Bus No. 90B from Admiralty Station East Terminus.

The journey by bus is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.  There is an estimated two-minute walk after alighting the bus.

The BNP Paribas Museum of Bethanie

Bethanie, an 1875 French Mission Sanatorium at Pokfulam, has been lovingly restored as the home of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Film and Television. This remarkable architectural gem is a unique setting for special occasions. 

The BNP Paribas Museum of Bethanie, which tells the history of the French Mission, Bethanie and its sister foundation Nazareth, is open to the public.  

1) Wellcome Theatre: converted from two former Dairy Farm octagonal cowsheds;
2) Bethanie chapel: with reinstatement of the original items such as stained glass windows, altar and statues (not open on Sunday, 20th July as booked for private function);
3) Sir Y K Pao Studio: with its stunning views of the Lamma Channel and the Peak. Some areas may be closed at certain times due to pre-booked activities. 

Museum displays have user-selectable language choice of English, French, Cantonese and Putonghua.

Offical website: please CLICK HERE
To avoid disappointment, please call[masked] to check the routing status. 

Please CLICK HERE for the map 
Please CLICK HERE for further information. 

I lived in Pokfulam in the late 1970s and used to pass Bethanie each day to work and I can remember the Dairy Farm cows mentioned in 1) above.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9thanie_(Hong_Kong

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  • Leticia w.

    Good to see you! Hope you feel better Kate

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Very hot day. Location and transport needed better planning. Otherwise great to see everyone who came.

    July 20, 2014

    • Kate

      Might have been best had we gone to govt offices to catch 40m all the way through. Would have been better still if I'd remembered what side of road bethanie located

      1 · July 20, 2014

  • Scozzie

    Hi girls. Would prefer to go and do both at once. See you soon. H

    July 20, 2014

    • Kate

      Not many weekends where all open. 3 August I think is a public open day. 3 or 4 other dates in August also open to public but forgotten dates, some are mid week.

      July 20, 2014

  • Diana

    Sorry, missed this whole conversation until now--would rather wait to do a tour and see the chapel. Another time!

    July 20, 2014

  • Ann P.

    Think I'm gonna give this one a miss folks. Will go to Bethanie next time.

    July 19, 2014

  • V

    unexpected family situation needs immediate attention (happens with age, it's quite ok), y'all enjoy!

    July 19, 2014

  • Rose H.

    Sorry just realised i double booked myself . Next time

    July 19, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    I would vote for cafe for tea/coffee and museum visit as originally planned. Then plan V's idea next!

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Kate

    Museum visit is still on, if it suits everyone. Otherwise second option is as per V's suggestion below. If majority still vote for exciting bus trip and museum, perhaps we could follow V's suggestion in a week or two.

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • V

    also opened to do sth. else ... a spontaneous idea .. catch an (any) afternoon movie at AMC/PacificPlace, followed by a casual dinner at Dan Ryan's- casual American- not too hard to get a table there/? a lazy way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon indoor:
    http://www.amccinemas.com.hk/cinema_every.php?lang=e&cinema_id=16

    Dan Ryan's -
    http://www.danryans.com/dans/index.php

    July 18, 2014

    • Kate

      V, that's a good idea. Let's see what others would like to do.

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • Ann P.

    I'm happy to meet up and do something else. Let's discuss it tonight.

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Desr All, just called the Bethanie. Chapel is CLOSED for an event. Museum is open but otherwise closed. Outside areas open. Do you want to move event to another day? Or fo we meet fir Museum only? Kate?

    July 18, 2014

    • Kate

      How about a day end of September or early October. One can prebook tickets through HK Ticketing but no tickets available certainly up to mid-August.

      July 18, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    In addition when I called, the response was that there are no tours on the weekend. Please double check but that's the answer I got.

    July 18, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Warns that if not reserved we could be disappointed. .....

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • Kate

      Ann-si do you hsve time to call them? In court at the moment.

      July 18, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Kate, were you able to confirm our 4 pm tour Sunday? Webdite

    July 18, 2014

  • Scozzie

    I'd like to meet for a snack. Le petit cafe on the roof top garden at pacific place is very nice and coffee is much better than Starbucks :-)

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • Kate

      Great idea, H. I forgot about Le Petit Cafe. Perfect because I'll be coming from the Conrad. Thanks for the suggestion. Starbucks coffee is bitter. :-)

      July 18, 2014

  • Kate

    Would anybody like to meet in Starbucks on the Ground Floor of Pacific Place (the end opposite AMC) for a snack, say, at 2.30 pm. We can all catch a bus up to Bethanie. The little man in my SmartPhone tells me that there are several choices. Stay tuned for more information on buses ...

    1 · July 17, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Fo we need to book in advance? I see there are going to be 10 of us.

    July 16, 2014

    • Kate

      Hi Ann-si, have been inundated with work in the past week or so and haven't phoned up Bethanie to find out if we have to book yet. Hope to do so tomorrow.

      1 · July 17, 2014

  • V

    fingers' crossed .. hopefully everything works out for me to join this tour ;)
    don't know that area well, so where are we actually going to meet Kate, a bit before 4pm? thx.

    July 16, 2014

  • V

    i'm not sure of my schedule on that Sunday at this juncture, could i sign up last minute like the Saturday before? if that's not possible, i fully understand and hope for the next time then?

    July 7, 2014

    • Kate

      Absolutely, V. No pre-payment for this. We just pay at Bethanie. Any time you want to RSVP is fine. You can sign up in the day.

      July 7, 2014

  • Ann P.

    I think Tom only gets back in the evening on this date so think I will probably still be going.

    2 · June 23, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Thank you so much for changing the date. Ann, hope it's still okay with you.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Kate

    Ann and Ann-si, I hope the change of date to 20th July will not inconvenience you.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Kate, :-) Any chance we could reschedule for the following weekend (July 20th)? Have a trip planned that only can be done the weekend of the 13 th. Much obliged.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Sunday the 13th is good for me. Sorry I misread the announcement sent and see that there is indeed a
    4 pm Tour in English.

    June 15, 2014

  • Kate

    Is Sunday 13th July okay, at 4.00 pm, possibly lunch beforehand? I'll check public transport and see what works out.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Sunday at 4 pm sounds good.

    June 10, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    English tour on a Saturday at 12 noon or Sunday afternoon at 4 pm.

    June 10, 2014

    • Kate

      Which time/date do you prefer? I'm easy.

      June 10, 2014

  • Ann-si L.

    Sounds very interesting.

    June 10, 2014

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