Enjoy a Chinese language course in China at our language school in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has 7 million people spread across a small island and the neighbouring shore making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world, the perfect place to learn Chinese and immerse yourself in the language.
This density has made Hong Kong a city of skyscrapers; one of the most vertical cities in the world, and with an advanced public transportation system. While now a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has a long history as a British colony and this has influenced the development of this unique city.
It has long been considered a meeting place of Western and Eastern culture and is certainly a meeting place for international finance. The deep natural ports have made it a major hub for trade in Asia and the British influence has given it a capitalist economy focused around free trade.
Hong Kong has been inhabited for over 30,000 years and became a part of China during the Qin Dynasty. During the First Opium War, in 1841, Hong Kong became a colony of Britain with the Kowloon Peninsula being given in 1860 and the surrounding areas leased in 1898. Hong Kong was maintained by the British with a non-interventionist policy and the greater amount of freedom and free trade made it a safe haven for Chinese business fleeing the Communist revolution.
In 1984 it was agreed that Hong Kong would be returned to China on July 1st, 1997 under the conditions that it remain a capitalist economy and would be free of the trade and information restrictions enforced in mainland China. The policy was characterized as “One Country, Two Systems” and has maintained a unique identity today.
One of the first places you should visit when you learn Chinese in Hong Kong, China is Victoria Peak, in central Hong Kong. With its commanding views of the city and its surroundings it has been a favourite spot in the city for decades. Since 1888 the Peak Tram has taken people to the top where now there are expensive restaurants and roads to walk and see the mainland and the outlying islands.
Also in this area is Statue Square which once held statues of British Royalty. You can also explore the City Hall, which features cultural attractions and buildings as well as the Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Gallery. This details some of the new developments planned for the city and is a fascinating place to visit while you learn Chinese in Hong Kong.
East Hong Kong is home to Wan Chai, which was once a major port area but now combines a downtown city with traditional outdoor street markets, small family businesses and many alleys to explore. Nearby is the very different and trendy Causeway Bay which is filled with giant department stores to shop in while you learn Chinese.
On the mainland you can visit Kowloon, which has incredible views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. If the busy city is becoming too overwhelming you can visit one of the nearby islands such as Lantau. Twice as big as Hong Kong, Lantau is a much more secluded and natural area to explore. However No matter what you do while you learn Chinese in Hong Kong, you're sure to be awestruck by this famous and thriving city we well as excited to go out and practice your Chinese!