Activities (Spring 2017)
The Global Student Programs Office hosts a range of activities for the exchange students. They range from the welcome events happening in HKUST to touring in Hong Kong, from traditional Chinese sports and festive food tasting to experiencing the vibrant life of this amazing city. In Spring 2017, a series of events will be launched throughout January to March.
To make your exchange life in HKUST fruitful, GSPO has organized a series of orientation activities for you.
Have a good start of your FUN exchange!
Below are the sessions which you are expected to attend to get essential information about living in HKUST and Hong Kong. Most importantly, you should get registered before the start of the term. And come to the Welcome Reception to make new friends.
Welcome EventsWelcome Reception25 January 2017 (Wed)5:00pm-6:30pmHKUST Conference Lodge
Orientation Session26 January 2017 (Thu)1:30pm-3:30pmHKUST Lecture Theatre A
Student Visa and Pre-registration Session
You must attend one of the sessions below before proceeding to student registration.
Session I24 January 2017 (Tue)3:00pm-4:00pmHKUST Lecture Theatre D
Session II25 January 2017 (Wed)10:00am-11:00amHKUST Lecture Theatre D
Session III25 January 2017 (Wed)3:00pm-4:00pmHKUST Lecture Theatre D
Get registered at one of the sessions below.
Session I24 January 2017 (Tue)4:00pm-5:00pmAcademic Registry
Session II25 January 2017 (Wed)11:00am-12:00nnAcademic Registry
Session III25 January 2017 (Wed)4:00pm-5:00pmAcademic Registry
* Please note that there are compulsory activities organized by your school. Watch your mailbox for further information.
Join the campus tour to familiarize yourself with the environment and facilities of HKUST.
Session I25 January 2017 (Wed)1:15pm-2:45pmHKUST Library
Session II25 January 2017 (Wed)3:30pm-5:00pmHKUST Library
Session III26 January 2017 (Thu)10:30am-12:00nnHKUST Library
Trip to Hang Hau
Make a trip to Hang Hau, the nearest MTR station and shopping mall, to get an idea of where-to-go.
Session I24 January 2017 (Tue)5:30pm-9:30pmHKUST Student Lounge
Session II25 January 2017 (Wed)12:30pm-4:30pmHKUST Student Lounge
Session III26 January 2017 (Thu)5:30pm-9:30pmHKUST Student Lounge
Hong Kong Day Tour
Hong Kong has been well known as its vibrance and dynamic lifestyle, as well as its history of having a cultural mix between the West and the East. If you are interested to know more about this exiting place, come join our Hong Kong Day Tour!
Hong Kong Day Tour (A) - Taste of A Vibrant City:
5 Feb 2017 (Sun)Hong Kong, also known as "The City of Life", has always been known for its vividness and exciting adventures. Around the city, you can always feel the energy of people around. As a shopping paradise, Hong Kong has more than just shopping malls. We will start the tour by bringing you to The Peak, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the harbour and city lines of Hong Kong, and take a ride on the Peak Tram. You will have a chance to shop in the famous street markets around Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei afterwards.The tour will end with dinner together with participants of Hong Kong Day Tour (B). This is a Chinese dinner with traditional Canton dishes as well as The Peking Duck. We wrap up the night with a viewing of A Symphony of Lights. Travel is by coach; some walking is required.
5 February 2017 (Sunday)12:00nn-9:00pmThe Peak > Mong Kok > Tsim Sha TsuiHK$350 (includes dinner and round trip transportation from/back to HKUST)
You may request for vegetarian meal on the sign-up
Hong Kong Day Tour (B) - Hong Kong Heritage:
5 Feb 2017 (Sun)Hong Kong, with a rich background of Chinese culture and customs, is much more than just the heart of finance. We have lots of preserved heritage that used to be the living places of ancient villagers and venues for religious worshipping. By joining this tour, you will visit Che Kung Temple and the Ancestral Hall that were built 300 and 700 years ago respectively. You will be amazed by the architecture and fascinating stories behind the heritage. We will also visit The Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Its recent "Bruce LEE: Kung Fu-Art-Life" exhibition will probably interest you most if you are a fan of Kung Fu.The tour will end with dinner together with participants of Hong Kong Day Tour (A). This is a Chinese dinner with traditional Canton dishes as well as The Peking Duck. We wrap up the night with a viewing of A Symphony of Lights. Travel is by coach; some walking is required.
5 February 2017 (Sunday)12:00nn-9:00pmSha Tin > Yuen Long > Tsim Sha TsuiHK$300 (includes dinner and round trip transportation from/back to HKUST)You may request for vegetarian meal on the sign-up
You may enroll in the activities on MyStudyAbroad System. Kindly click into the ‘(Incoming) Spring term activities enrollment form’ and indicate your interest.
The enrollment deadline is 29 November 2016 (Tuesday). Enrollment after the deadline may not be accepted.
Seats will be allocated randomly if the enrollment number exceeds the quota of each activity. You will be notified of the enrollment results by email. Payment is required for securing your seats. Details will be available on MyStudyAbroad System after the enrollment period.
Payment is non-refundable once you have secured your seats. GSPO reserves the right to cancel an activity due to insufficient enrollment.
Besides the "Should-come" activities and the Hong Kong Day Tour, we have prepared a wide range of activities for you to join during your semester. Activities are sponsored by HKUST partially and you could engage in activities with a discounted price. Choose the activities you are interested in and enrich your exchange life here in HKUST
Chinese New Year Cake Workshop:
2 Feb 2017 (Thu)Chinese New Year would be the most important festival among the chinese community. In celebration of this, Chinese families will gather for an annual reunion dinner and enjoy the festive food such as Turnip Cake (Luobogao) and Niangao. Celebrate your first Chinese New Year in Hong Kong (probably) by learning and tasting how to make these cakes!
2 February 2017 (Thursday)7:00pm-9:30pmKwun TongHK$50 (includes round trip transportation from/back to HKUST)
Chinese New Year cakes may contain nuts, seeds, eggs, lard, gluten, butter and milk. Please mind your dietary restrictions before joining.
Hong Kong Style Milktea Workshop:
8 Feb 2017 (Wed)Hong Kong Style Milktea was originated from the afternoon tea culture from the British. We further modified it with mixing different kinds of black tea and served with milk and sugar. In the workshop, we will give you an idea on how to blend the teas, and how to make a smooth milk tea. You can try your finished product with another two must-try items in Hong Kong: Egg tarts and Pineapple buns!
8 February 2017 (Wednesday)7:00pm-8:30pmHKUST CampusHK$50Egg tarts and pineapple buns may contain nuts, seeds, eggs, lard, gluten, butter and milk. Please mind your dietary restrictions before joining.
Hong Kong Geopark:
12 Feb 2017 (Sun)Hong Kong Geopark was listed as part of its Global Geoparks Network for its widely distributed hexagonal rock columns and the sedimentary rocks formed in different geologic periods. If you are interested to know about the geological history of Hong Kong and a big fan of geology, join us for the tour!
12 February 2017 (Sunday)1:30pm-6pmSai KungHK$50 (includes round trip transportation from/back to HKUST)
Participants must be prepared for extensive walking. Sportswear and sport shoes are recommended.
Wing Chun Workshop:
13 Feb 2017 (Mon)
Wing Chun is a Chinese martial arts that originates from China, and later on refined in Hong Kong. Wing Chun requires you using quick punches and kicks, and a fast-moving footwork. In the workshop, Master Lau will teach you some basic techniques in Wing Chun, warm yourself up and fight!
13 February 2017 (Monday)7pm-9pmHKUST CampusHK$50
Intensive exercises may be required. Sportswear and sport shoes are recommended.
Wanchai Haunted Tour:
21 Feb 2017 (Tue)
Wanchai is one of the oldest residential areas on the Hong Kong Island. As a result of its long history, the area has accumulated many interesting buildings and stories. An experienced guide will bring you around Wanchai following a path of untold and haunted stories of this old district. What is a better way to know about Wanchai than this. After the tour you will be surprised by the other aspects of Wan Chai - it is way more than a commercial district with skyscrapers!
21 February 2017 (Tuesday)6:00pm-9:30pmWanchaiHK$50 (includes round trip transportation from/back to HKUST)This tour may involve climbing steep steps, walking in dark alleys, listening to uncomfortable stories and wandering in red light district.
Hong Kong Traditional Lifestyles Tour:
26 Feb 2017 (Sun)
Want to be a real local Hong-konger? Begin your day with a centuries-old Chinese Martial arts, Tai Chi, in an outdoor waterfront. Continue your day with some chinese dim sum and tour around the bird garden, where you could appreciate the beautifully crafted wood. The tour will end up with a Chinese tea making workshop.
26 February 2017 (Sunday)11:00am-4:00pmHong Kong various placesHK$200
Some walking may be required.
Dragon Boat Workshop:
5 March 2017 (Sun)
Dragon Boat racing, held annually during Tuen Ng Festival, has a long tradition in Hong Kong. It was an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers some 2000 years ago. Today, dragon boat racing has become a worldwide sport. The dragon boat festivals held in Hong Kong are the biggest worldwide. Where better to learn dragon boating than here in Hong Kong and at HKUST, where we have our very own water sports center. By joining this workshop, you will be trained by the Dragon Boat Instructor of the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association for basic and race rowing techniques. Be prepared to get wet and sweat!
5 March 2017 (Sunday)11:00am-1:30pmHKUST Water Sports CentreHK$50 (includes instruction, life guard, boats and equipment)Participation requires passing a water test for swimming 100m.
Enrollment will be done during the Welcome Reception on 25th January 2017 (Wed). Counters will be set up for each of the activity on site. Only cash payment will be accepted. Please bring cash to the Welcome Reception if you are interested to any of the activities.
There are limited quotas for each of the activity. Payment is non-refundable. GSPO reserves the right to cancel an activity due to insufficient enrollment.
Please contact Global Student Programs Office for further enquiries.