Welcome to Hong Kong, the bustling, modern island and peninsula known for delectable cuisine and sophisticated technology.
Though technically part of China, Hong Kong has a distinct culture and region all its own. Under a 1997 agreement, China’s socialist economic system is not practiced in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy from China. From its leading shipping and financial services to its dazzling variety of Chinese cuisine, this region has made a name for itself around the world.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated regions in the world, with its 7 million people speaking both Cantonese and English.
Much of Hong Kong follows a six-day workweek. Though mothers tend to stay home, the numbers for working mothers are on the rise. Hong Kong is small, making public transportation the most practical way to get around.
People in Hong Kong enjoy going on vacation during the summer and around major holidays, particularly the Chinese New Year. Families give much respect to their older generations, and oftentimes live together with their extended families.
High school students will often have bread, cornflakes, ham and eggs, noodles or congee (rice porridge) for breakfast in Hong Kong. Rice is served with all meals, and dishes usually include steamed or stir-fried meats, fishes, vegetables, and soup. Tea is drunk throughout the day, and tends to be milder than English black tea.
Education is rigorous in Hong Kong. Students must study hard and prepare for important tests that determine whether or not they will continue their education. Schools are very strict about student’s punctuality and behavior. Most require that school uniforms be worn.
At the end of high school, students in Hong Kong take an exam called the HKCE. Students who score high enough then complete two more years of school called Forms 6 and 7. They then take another exam to determine eligibility to continue university study.
Computers and the Internet are very popular among teens in Hong Kong. Most have access to the Internet, either at home or at school.
Soccer and basketball are the most common sports among teens. Reading, shopping and listening to music are common past-times. Many students also enjoy playing the piano.