UG Student Exchange Prospectus - page 5

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Quality living in an international
cosmopolitan city
Situated in the heart of Asia at the southern tip
of China, Hong Kong is a unique place where
you will find a fast-paced, 21st-century lifestyle
interwoven with local traditions and countryside
charms. Here, you can be a part of the city’s
hustle and bustle in the morning, unplug with
a stroll or hike along a picturesque beach or peak in the
afternoon, and come evening, an array of entertainment
options await. Hong Kong’s first-rate public transport
system puts every corner within easy reach. And while you
can go off to explore a nearby nature reserve or a sleepy
fishing village, rest assured that Hong Kong offers all the
conveniences of a world-class city to live in.
Rich heritage and diversity
From a small trading port to a strategic foothold
in World War II, to British rule and the return of
sovereignty to China, many events and different
groups of people have left their mark on Hong
Kong. And while it is indeed a blend of cultures,
Hong Kong is much more than simply a place
where “East meets West”. For example, did you know it was
in defense of Hong Kong that Canadian forces first engaged
in battle during World War II, and a memorial still takes
place every year for those Canadian soldiers who sacrificed
their lives in this territory’s defense? And did you know that
the Parsees – descendants from Iranians of Zoroastrian
faith – who arrived in Hong Kong in the 19th century
played a prominent role in establishing many important
institutions, including a popular local ferry service, a large
university and an international bank? You will be amazed to
find out how rich Hong Kong’s heritage and diversity is.
One of the world’s freest economies and
safest cities
As a leading international center of trade and
finance, Hong Kong is the ideal place to learn
about business in Asia. Home to nearly 1,400
regional headquarters of foreign companies, Hong
Kong offers an attractive business environment,
based on the rule of law, an independent judiciary,
free market principles, the free flow of information, effective
anti-corruption measures and the use of English as the
language of government and business. And you will be glad
to know that with consistently low crime rates, Hong Kong is
a remarkably safe place, by day and by night.
Gateway to Asia and Mainland China
On Hong Kong’s doorstep are the many
fascinating sights and cities of Asia. The Hong
Kong International Airport is a hub for regional
and international travel. You can easily board
a direct flight that will take you to anywhere
in Asia within four hours, and a train from the
city can whisk you across the border to Mainland China
in just 40 minutes.
Great food and shopping
Hong Kong is without doubt a paradise for shopping
and dining. From local street stalls to fine dining to
cuisine from all parts of the world – you name it,
we’ve got it. Visitors are also fascinated by the endless
opportunities for discovering shopping treasures,
whether in bargain alleys and roadside markets or
designer boutiques and glitzy malls. With its 24/7 lifestyle, this
vibrant city has something for everyone.
World-class education,
a vibrant city nearby and
people fromall over the world,
HKUST combines it all right
above a lovely beach.
Urs, ETH Zurich
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