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About WGC

Welcome to the Gold Coast ('WGC') is a new local social networking group that hopes to provide an opportunity for all ladies in the Gold Coast area and beyond to meet for friendship and social activities. WGC particularly welcomes all newcomers to this part of the New Territories with the aim of WGC ‘s information bank will be able to help with the myriad of questions involved with a move to a new country and change of  lifestyle ( activities, medical care, schools, transport etc.)

Joan Boutell and Val Wildman are the organisers. Having met at MahJong and they found they shared the idea of creating this welcome group. Joan is an ICU nurse from Liverpool in England and lives in Phase 2 of the Gold Coast with her husband and 7 year old son Matthew. Val lives in the Aegean Coast, She is British but has lived and worked for 35 years in Paris. She has recently retired from her position as Deputy Principal of an International School and has 2 sons living and working in Hong Kong and a daughter living in London.

WGC hold coffee mornings between 10.00 a.m. and Noon every Wednesday at the Silk Road Cafe in Crossroads Village, 'Sundowners' from 6.00 - 8.00 p.m. on the  last Friday of each month at the Golden Beach Café near the Gold Coast Hotel, an regular familiarisation trips to Sam Shing with new ones planned. All are welcome to come along and meet new friends. For more information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See below for the latest visit reports and updates on WGC activities.

 WGC Tour of Chi Lok Market - 4th April 2011

"Dear All

This morning the weather was certainly unsettled for WGC second tour of Chi Lok Market. The forecast predicted it would be overcast, but no rain; but by the time we met at the 7/11 three out of five of us had purchased umbrellas before we even set off.

Our party of five jumped on the number 53 bus, alighting at Chi Lok outside the Fairwood Cafe.

We went first into Yan Oi wet market, where it was great to see such fresh fish and vegetables, plus live chickens, dead chickens, eggs, goods for the Dead and poor fish cut open; with hearts still beating.

chi lok

After Yan Oi we headed to the Dispensary and then off to Salvation Army (Family Store) essential when de-cluttering. We then went around to the Chi Lok market area itself to its multiple stalls and small roads. We stopped many times along the way for small items we needed to buy, although one lady was looking for Ouzo but we didn’t find that in the liquor shop (can anyone help with where to find that?).

We went across the road and through the Underpass and into the Commercial Arcade where at the top of the escalators is not only Price Right but an entrance into TMT Plaza.

All tired now, we headed back to Chi Lok for Dim Sum. The small stairway to the Restaurant is deceiving, as when you arrive to the top of the stairs, the Restaurant is huge and as with all Chinese restaurants packed with hungry diners.  Having cheated, by taking a copy of the menu that David (from goldcoastonline.hk) ordered for us last time; Joan did the ordering, the one waiter who speaks some English helped us out by adding some more dishes he thought we may enjoy. We all agreed that the food was great, a nice selection of dumplings, prawns, pork and beef, etc all served with green tea for 40$ each we agreed it was great value, it also provided a good setting for listening and sharing stories and getting to know each other better.  It was such a nice morning. More photographs are on Big Tent.

chi lok

The next Chi Lok Tour is Monday May 2nd. All are welcome.


Joan & Val"

WGC Coffe Morning, Wednesday 30th March

Dear All

Today our coffee morning started with a distinctly German feel. The first three ladies to arrive were from Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. We welcome a new lady who has been at the Gold Coast for three weeks she is from Hamburg and has five grown up children; this is a return visit to Hong Kong for her, who after extensive exploring here last time, feels that she knows Hong Kong better than Hamburg. Another new lady to the group has been living at the Gold Coast for two years and has a four year old daughter, she returns to Frankfurt quite often and so doesn’t know HK as much as she would like. Another lady from Munich also joined us again and was able to share with the group information about her recent visit to Shanghai a place she would recommend to all to visit. Also new to the Gold Coast and to our meetings is a lady from Indonesia has lived in England for the last 27 years.  She shared with us stories about her daughter who after University is travelling to many places in Asia before returning to the UK to start a job.

Our round the table introductions and conversation brought some interesting topics: We agreed that the Hong Kong tourist board was a good source of help and information; you can subscribe to their free monthly e-newsletter at www.discoverhongkong.com ; Knowing that that each MTR station has a small location map is great if you require information about that area and streets around that MTR; you can ask for those maps at the customer service areas in the MTR’s. Hong Kong Dollarsaver Magazine has some interesting adverts and is delivered free to your door, if you e-mail them your address at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday 4th is our monthly Discovery Tour of Chi Lok Market. We have arranged to meet outside the 7/11 at the Gold Coast Piazza at 0900.  Please e-mail us if you would like to join the tour so that we do not leave without you. The Tour last around an hour and a half and then we go to a Dim Sum Restaurant at Chi Lok;  cost of lunch is around 50$ each, lunch is optional as we appreciate some people may need to return for the school bus.

On April 7th Maureen has invited us along to Lingnan University in Tuen Mun where noted local author and performer Patrick Lee will be giving a lecture-demonstration on Cantonese opera. Translations into English (and Putonghua) will be provided. This is a rare opportunity to hear a local expert on Cantonese Opera and to have an English translation available! Free.Lingnan University, Main Building, Room G22; Thursday, 7 April, 18:30; no tickets are needed you just 'turn up' on the night.


Joan & Val

'Sundowner' at the Golden Beach Cafe - Friday 25th March

Just a few of us braved the cool weather to head to Golden Beach Restaurant yesterday evening. It was such a perfect venue for sitting outside and relaxing at the end of the week. Matthew was thrilled that Ziggy a new boy to the Gold Coast turned up to play. Star of the evening was definitely a new puppy belonging to one of the families, and who is only 10 weeks old and very cute.  The ladies all knew each other but it was nice to meet each other’s other halves. More photos are on Big Tent.

 golden beach cafe      Golden beach cafe

Sundowners takes place on the last Friday of every month the next one is April 29th 

Inaugural Cofffee Morning, Wednesday2nd March

WGC held their first coffee morning on Wednesday 2nd March at the Silk Road Cafe in Crossroads Village:

"More than 20 ladies shared 2 hours of chatting, laughing and making new friends and of course drinking coffee and eating croissants and chocolate muffins. What fun!

As the name suggests, WGC ( Welcome to the Gold Coast) aims to help newcomers to the area to meet others, to make friends and to discover this beautiful interesting area. In fact, the mix of ladies was incredible as we had young and old, from very very new ladies who only arrived in the last few weeks to old timers who have been in or around the area for 16 even 24 years! We met all nationalities - from the US, Australia, Vietnam, the UK, Lithuania, Ireland and Russia and more.

It was a lovely morning and we look forward to many many more."



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