About Us

It all started at the "Splügenschloss-Bar" in spring 1977! That’s when the Ex-Hongkonger Benno Welschen, Vreni Kreis and Ruth Meng met senior bachelor Albert Hausammann and other Swiss watch company representatives from Hong Kong who attended the yearly "Uhren- und Schmuckmesse" in Basel for a long chat and late drink in Zurich: The "Hongkong-Treff" was born!

A few years later, a dinner was organized at the "Splügenschloss Hotel" and more and more former expatriates – living in Switzerland now – joined that cosy gathering of a bunch of 10 to 20 people.

But the list of expatriate addresses became bigger and bigger. In 1987, the organisation of this "Yearly Meeting" was handed over to Kurt Huber and René Carrel who expanded the dinner with occational events during the year: Chinese dinners and family gatherings on Sunday afternoon.which were managed by an ex-Hongkonger.


Kurt Huber continued to organize the yearly HK-Treff together with Benno Welschen until 2007 when Kurt emigrated to Spain.

With the "Splügenschloss" becoming too small for 70 – 80 people and GM Benno Welschen giving up the management of this cosy business hotel a few years later, the "Hongkong-Treff" moved after 14 years to other places in Zurich and Bern which were managed by an ex-Hongkonger. Here a list of our various locations where we met over the past 25 years.

During the last few years, our list of addresses has grown tremendously and as a result, about one hundred former Expatriates of all ages, together with their families and single ex-Hong Kongers participate every year in our Hong Kong Treff Luncheon. However, a substantial number of ex-Hong Kongers or Hong Kong Chinese living in Switzerland are still unaware of this regular Luncheon. It would be appreciated, if your mouth-to-mouth propaganda and with the linking up to our new "home page", you let interested people know how to contact us.