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What is the Social Climate in Hong Kong?

If the American dream is based on the pursuit of happiness, the Hong Kong dream is based on the pursuit of success—ambition and hard work are the keystones of life here. Learn more about a society that very much believes in bettering oneself, as well as what to expect when you visit.

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China’s Colleges & Universities

More than fifty Chinese universities accept foreign students and function similar to Western institutions. Authors Barbara and Stuart Strother go over the basics of studying in China, including the most popular universities to attend and the cost of tuition.

Stuffed animals line booths at at temple fair in Chaoyang Park.

Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing

Chun Jie celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese year. Like most Chinese holidays, its exact date varies slightly from year to year, depending on the Chinese calendar. Author Shannon Aitken discusses the holiday’s traditions and why this may (or may not) be a great time to visit Beijing.

Moon Living Abroad in Beijing

Shannon Aitken has all the insight on what it’s like to live in Beijing—she’s made the move there herself. In Moon Living Abroad in Beijing, she offers firsthand advice on navigating the language and culture of this exciting metropolis and outlines all the information needed to settle down abroad in an organized and straightforward manner. […]

In the middle of the city, families stroll through a pop-up village with colorful characters and lanterns.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Hong Kong Festivals

Hong Kong has long been a stronghold of Chinese culture and its traditional festivals are celebrated with energy, color, and lots of noise. Resident and author Rory Boland gives an overview of Hong Kong’s festivals, from Chinese New Year to the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Round wooden steamer trays filled with assorted foods including dumplings and steamed buns.

Chinese Dining Customs

Did you know that splitting the cost of a meal in China is considered rude? Or that if you find it tough to use chopsticks, holding the bowl close to your mouth is perfectly acceptable? Read on for details about what to expect when eating like a local in China.

A red hydrofoil jet boat is docked at the Macau ferry terminal.

Hong Kong Regional Travel: Bus or Boat?

According to author Rory Boland, skip the bus and set your sights on the water. Here is some helpful information about traveling by ferry, one of the more enjoyable (and often most efficient) ways to explore the region.