• A dynamic and modern city, an ideal and attractive place to study Chinese language and culture

  • With 150 years of British colonial influence woven into millennia of Chinese culture, Hong Kong is a city of contrasts in everything from food and medicine to art and architecture

  • Became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997, after a century and a half of British administration. Under Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, existing economic, legal and social systems will be maintained for at least 50 years after 1997

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  • Situated at the south-eastern tip of China, with a total area of just under 1,100 square kilometers, it covers Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon peninsula and the New Territories
  • Geographically compact, with plentiful taxis and excellent public transportation, travel is generally quick and easy. For long-staying visitors, an "Octopus" stored value card will be useful. It allows travel on the MTR, KCR, Light Rail, some outlying ferry services, cross-harbour and city buses, and the Airport Express
  • There are three rail systems. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR), fast, clean and efficient. It runs along Hong Kong Island's northern coastline, and travels beneath the harbour where branches serve Kowloon and Lantau Island. An interchange at Kowloon Tong allows connection to the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) . You'll know you're near an MTR station when you see this symbol . The Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) East Rail is a commuter railway that runs from Hung Hom in Kowloon to the mainland China boundary. CLC students take the KCR to school. The fare is $6.5 per journey. Light Rail (LR) connects the New Terrritories towns of Tuen Mun and Yuen Long
  • A world-class financial, trading and business centre
  • A trusted legal system and an independent judiciary, which ensure that the rule of law is upheld and that no one is above the law

  • The Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the US dollar at about US$1=HK$7.8.

  • Hong Kong's subtropical climate has distinct seasons, summer temperatures can reach 33° C (91(F) while winter (December to February) temperatures rarely fall below 10° C (50( F). The most comfortable periods are March to May and September to November

  • A sophisticated health care system. No inoculations are required for visitors

  • 6.8 million people, almost 96 percent Chinese. English remains an official language and is widely spoken in hotels and other establishments which deal regularly with visitors. Cantonese is the most widely spoken Chinese dialect, although Putonghua (Mandarin) use is extensive, and growing. Many other dialects are also spoken

  • Nationalities

    Predominantly of Chinese descent


    Total foreign population (mid-2000)

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