Student Exchange
  1. About Hong Kong

1. What is the nature of the general population of Hong Kong? And of HKBU?
Hong Kong is a city of diversity marked by a vigorous blend of East and West. The population is about 7 million. The majority of the population in Hong Kong is ethnically Chinese, while there is also a large expatriate community. Chinese and English are the official languages in Hong Kong. English is frequently used in government and business dealings. Cantonese is the dialect mostly used for daily conversation. With Hong Kong's close relationship with the Mainland China, the use of Mandarin (Putonghua) is on the rise.

As for HKBU, its mission is to provide quality higher education in a Christian environment, combining broad-based liberal education with academic and professional vigor. HKBU has some 6,600 students studying in full-time undergraduate study programmes and approximately 4,200 students in Masters/MPhil/PhD programmes.

2. Will there be any opportunities for first-hand cultural experiences while I am in Hong Kong?
Yes, Hong Kong is culturally an Asian city with strong roots in the Chinese traditions. You may experience first-hand cultural experiences during major festivals, such as the Chinese Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn or Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival. There are a variety of cultural shows, visits to museums and historic sites. The International Office through the East-West Encounters Programme arranges field trips for exchange students throughout the semester to familiarize students with the cultural richness and uniqueness of Hong Kong.

3. Are there any restrictions on religion or free speech in Hong Kong?
The laws of Hong Kong protect freedom of speech and religious freedom.

After over 150 years of British colonial administration, Hong Kong was restored to the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997 and is now classified as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Hong Kong maintains the economic, social, and legal systems developed over the past years in accordance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Many religions are found within the population of Hong Kong with a Christian population of between 10 and 11 percent.

4. How should I anticipate the weather in Hong Kong in choosing my wardrobe?
The climate of Hong Kong is sub-tropical. May to October is hot and humid usually with occasional heavy rainfall. Sometimes Hong Kong is hit by a tropical typhoon. From November to December, the temperature drops and the weather becomes less humid. January to March can be very cool with some fog and light rain with the average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C (40°F-59°F). Winter clothing is needed. April to May is unpredictable with temperature ranging from cool to pleasant.

5. What are the predominant features of the Hong Kong terrain?
Hong Kong is located in a mountainous coastal region of South China. It is divided into four major areas: Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, New Territories, and the outlying islands (about 235). Although certain urban areas within Hong Kong are among the most densely populated in the world, about 40% of the land in Hong Kong is protected and reserved as country parks.