The Hong Kong branch of the Royal Geographical Society was established in 1995, making it the first overseas branch.
The branch shares the same aims as the Society. It provides a forum where members can regularly meet and listen to leading local and international speakers from the world of geography and related sciences, exploration, travel, research, the environment and conservation.
Previous speakers include the Polar explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Robert Swan, mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott, primate expert Dame Jane Goodall, the botanist Professor David Bellamy, leading environmentalist Sir Crispin Tickell, former space shuttle pilot Dr James van Hoften, moon walker Commander Dave Scott, Hong Kong explorer Wong How Man, round-the-world yachtsmen Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Chay Blythe and yachtswomanTracy Edwards and the authors Simon Winchester, William Dalrymple, Paul French, Jan Morris and Mark Tully.
The branch holds some 50 lectures each year, which are normally held on a weekday evening. Lectures usually consist of a talk with slides, followed by a question and answer session. Most lectures cost $150 for members and HK$200 for non members. The branch also organises dinner events involving a lecture, slides and a film. It organises several field trips in Hong Kong, an annual quiz night and publishes an annual review. Branch members may also use the facilities and attend lectures at the Society in London when visiting for which a membership card is required.
The branch has a Board which meets three or four times a year to review future speakers and decide policy matters. Elections to the Board are held once a year at the Annual General Meeting. The branch is run by a Director and two part time Administrators.
The Chairman is James Riley and the Director is Rupert McCowan, Events & School Outreach Administrator is Wendy Poon and Membership Administrator Frances Chim.