Location and Culture
A former British Crown colony, Hong Kong is now an autonomous territory and special administrative region of China. Nicknamed "Pearl of the Orient," Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbor, which provides international cargo ships ready access, and its "cement forest" skyline, due to an extremely high amount of skyscrapers. Average temperatures in February range from 59°F to 66°F.
Housing and Meals
WPI students will live in apartments in the Tai Kok Tsui district of Kowloon. Apartments are located in a residential and commercial neighborhood, with easy access to three MTR (subway) stations. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Hong Kong cuisine has been influenced by many different cultures, both Asian and Western. Common ingredients include the century egg, cabbage, shiitake, red bean, hoisin sauce, shrimp, scallops, and lotus seed. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.
Past students at the Hong Kong project center have:
- Identified ways to preserve the endangered Chinese white dolphin by controlling marine traffic
- Evaluated the feasibility of introducing car sharing to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
- Developed ideas for expansion and improvement of walkability for Victoria Harbour's waterfront