Housing & Transportation - MPA Hong Kong
Participants reside in CUHK student residences. The dormitories are double or triple occupancy rooms, and students will be able to request a roommate. The residences are centrally located within the CUHK campus: a five-minute walk to the local train, and a 10-minute walk to class.
Mainland China Trip Accommodations: Students will reside in a local hotel. All rooms are double occupancy and students will be able to request a roommate.
- Earliest Check-in to dorms: Saturday before classes start
- Latest Check-out of dorms: Saturday after classes end
From the Airport
If flying into Hong Kong, you will arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport. The campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong is located north of the Shatin stop in the New Territories. Transportation to/from downtown via public transport is easily accessible though reaching the island may take 45 minutes. See the following instructions to find out how to get to CUHK from the airport:
- Take the Airport Express service of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to Kowloon (about 20 minutes).
- At Kowloon Tong Station, change to the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR), and take it to University Station. The last train leaves the airport at 12:48 a.m. The cost of the ticket will vary depending on the exact path but this path will be about HK$100 for the MTR portion.
- You will need to either get a taxi or a campus bus from the station to the dorm.
- Take a taxi from the airport to CUHK. This is the most expensive option but also the most convenient (HK$250 or around US$33 though taxi drivers will try charging you HK$400+, if there are many gullible tourists it may be a little challenging to get a taxi driver to take you for normal costs). It will take approximately 30-45 minutes. Taxis operate 24 hours per day.
- Take the bus to Shatin + Taxi to CUHK. Take the A41 (or E42) bus which departs from the airport about every 20 minutes until midnight. The A41 has fewer stops but costs more. Approximate price is HK$21 (HK$14 for E42) bus fare + HK$65 taxi fare, and it will take approx. 60-75 minutes.
You can also take the KCR from the Shatin station to University Station (two stops) for about HK$4. Once you get to Shatin you may take the campus bus to your dorm for approximately HK$5.
Within Hong Kong
The easiest way to ride the MTR is by remembering that each line is associated with a different color. If a subway says it is heading towards Hung Hom, this means that the last stop on that line is Hung Hom. This makes it very easy to decide which direction you need to be going. View the MTR map to become familiar with the MTR lines.
There are two types of taxis in Hong Kong. The red taxis serve most of Hong Kong and the green taxis serve the New Territories. The one that you will use most often is the red taxi. Taxis are useful if you are out in Hong Kong after the MTR has stopped running (1 a.m.). Taxis are always very accessible. Before departing for Hong Kong, you will receive a card that says “I want to go to CUHK” translated into Cantonese. Always bring this card with you just in case you need a taxi. It’s the easiest way to tell your taxi driver exactly where you need to go.
Buses are useful when traveling longer distances within Hong Kong such as going to Stanley Market or the beaches. Usually, you will have to take the MTR to Central and there are many buses across the street. Visit the City Bus website to plan bus routes and become more familiar with the busing system.
Riding the tram at least once is a must! If you decide to go see the horse races at Happy Valley, this is a great way to get there while sightseeing at the same time.
Purchasing an Octopus card for your stay in Hong Kong is recommended. This is a student card that allows you to load money and use on all these different modes of transportation. It also gives you a student discount and can be used at other places such as restaurants and convenient stores.