Hong Kong SAR (China)
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Hong Kong SAR (China) AMSAHK
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Cantonese (preferred), English
English
(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
Hong Kong dollar
SCOPE Active
Hong Kong (AMSAHK) - Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AMSAHK) - University of Hong Kong

20 SCOPE STUDENTS
0 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
www.amsahk.org
NEOs
Sally Lau
Jaimie Chan
Joey Wong
Jasmine Hadiwibawa
NOREs
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WELCOME NOTE

你好 (nei ho)! Hello! It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Asia’s world city, Hong Kong. We are so glad that you have chosen to exchange in Hong Kong. Aside from learning the utmost academically from your exchange, you are here to experience a vibrant culture featuring a unique fusion of 'east-meets-west'. Instilled with an exciting duality of a modern city’s vitality enhanced by a traditional society’s historical richness and colour, this incredible destination is sure to amaze you.

This bustling city has everything from fantastic shopping and a delightful diversity of dining tastes to a wonderful world of colourful festivals and signature attractions. Compact and easy to navigate, it is also blessed with abundant natural beauty, where you can discover stunning mountain views, idyllic islands and serene beaches.

As 'Asia's World City', Hong Kong is amongst the world's leading travel destinations, offering a multitude of incredible experiences all within a single trip. Every moment, day or night, wherever you go in this amazing city, you are guaranteed a world of different experiences that are sure to enliven your senses.

We hope you have an amazing stay here, and once again, welcome to Hong Kong -- a city of charm, with the sophistication of an international city spiced with cultural diversity and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

OVERVIEW

Hong Kong is a world city. It is one of the alpha+ cities. The lack of space has caused demand for denser constructions, developing the city into the world's most vertical city and a centre for modern architecture. Hong Kong has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world but also the highest income inequality among advanced economies.  The dense space has also led to a highly developed transportation network with the public transport travelling rate exceeding 90 percent. Hong Kong ranks highly in numerous international rankings across various aspects; its economic freedom, financial and economic competitiveness, quality of life, corruption perception, Human Development Index are all ranked highly.

The Asian Medical Students’ Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK) is one of the founding members of AMSA International, as well as an associate member of the International Federations of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). AMSAHK is the first students’ organization jointly run by medical students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. By participating in international medical students’ conferences, managing exchange programmes and organizing public health activities, AMSAHK aims to connect medical students from the two faculties, encouraging worldwide collaboration and raising local awareness on health issues.

 

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Hong Kong's medical infrastructure consists of a mixed medical economy, with 12 private hospitals and more than 50 public hospitals. There are also polyclinics that offer primary care services, including dentistry. Hong Kong has a low infant mortality rate, long average life expectancy at birth, well-trained health and medical professionals and low out-of-pocket payments in using the public health system.

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Hong Kong has only two comprehensive medical faculties, the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong and the Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. They are also the sole two institutes offering medical and pharmacy programs in the territory. Hong Kong’s medical programme usually spans for 6 years, with another year of internship at a local hospital. Other healthcare discipline programs (e.g. Physiotherapy) are dispersed among some other universities which do not host a medical faculty.

Various postgraduate courses in different fields of healthcare or biomedical sciences are also provided by different institutes.

TRANSPORTATION
Hong Kong has a highly developed and sophisticated transport network, encompassing both public and private transport. Over 90% of the daily journeys are on public transport, making it the highest rate in the world. Type of public transport include the MTR train system, buses, taxis, trams and ferries.

For more information, please visit http://www.td.gov.hk/en/home/.



SOCIAL PROGRAM
We organize social programs whenever possible for incomings so that they can get a taste of what is fun to see and eat in Hong Kong! We have personalized social programs for incomings, depending on their personal tastes. If you don’t know what to do in Hong Kong, we can have it all planned out for you as well. The social program includes tourist attractions, local food, local culture, and much more!

MUST SEE
The Peak - At the highest point on Hong Kong Island, it has the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening this panorama melts into a watercolour of pink and orange before reincarnating into a dazzling sea of light, shimmering beneath you.

Ocean Park - One of the two permanent amusement parks in Hong Kong, it offers a wide range of thrilling rides perfect for those who are looking for some adrenaline rush. Not into roller coasters? Come see the pandas and dolphins at the zoo and aquarium!

Big Buddha - Walk about those long flights of stairs to see one of the five largest bronze buddha statue in China! Located in Ngong Ping, you may also head to Ngong Ping 360 cable cars to get an overhead view of the buddha an the surrounding areas. 

Hong Kong Disneyland - where all the magic begins!

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the Garden of Stars - Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower, a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade takes one past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars. But like most of the lovebirds and shutterbugs on the promenade, your gaze will be drawn south to the dramatic topographical and architectural spectacle - the Hong Kong Island skyline towering over the busy waters of Victoria Harbour.

Ladies Market - With over 100 stalls of clothing, accessories and souvenirs for sale at a bargain price, the Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch where you can practise your haggling skills

Temple Street Night Market - When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
150 years of British colonial rule separated politically from mainland China have resulted in an unique local identity. Elements of Traditional Chinese culture combining western British influences have shaped Hong Kong in every facet of the city, spanning from law, politics, education, language, food, and the way of thought. For this reason, many people in Hong Kong are proud of their culture and generally refer themselves as "Hong Kongers" or "Hong Kong Chinese".

Since China resumed governance of Hong Kong in 1997, the government has adopted the bi- literate and tri-lingual policy. This means that the two official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. Cantonese is accepted as the default Chinese language, whilst Mandarin is also used. The designation of English as an official language demonstrates the continuation of British influences on both Hong Kong’s culture and the lives of its people.



OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
More information will be given to students upon acceptance. Please visit our Exchange Conditions page for more information, we look forward to seeing you!