About Hong Kong
“As business students we are constantly reading about the rise of the Chinese economy: rapid economic growth, infrastructure development, the rise of the middle class, and the increase in effective government reforms. We also hear about the terrible factory conditions, rampant pollution, debilitating political corruption, and questionable business practices. China is a hot topic, no question about it, but all the information we are exposed to is second hand…I wanted to live it, feel it, breathe it, and make it my own. I chose to spend a semester studying in one of the top business programs in Hong Kong because it seemed like the best investment for my future.”
--Ben Kwiatkowski, 2011 MPA Hong Kong participant
“Students studying in our global economy can gain a lot from the study abroad experience,” says Ben Kwiatkowski, 2011 MPA Hong Kong participant. The five-week programs are designed to develop the practice of taking an international perspective on accounting and supply chain management and teach students how to approach solving complex international business problems. Local company visits, lectures from an impressive line-up of local faculty, and a chance to examine current issues in international accounting and operations management are only the tip of the iceberg.
“Eating the local food, walking the crowded streets, surviving the packed subways, discussing in class, listening to lectures, visiting local companies, and building lasting relationships made this an invaluable experience. And now, ‘“Made in China”’ has taken on a whole new meaning.”
--Ben Kwiatkowski, 2011 MPA Hong Kong student
“The advantage of taking courses abroad is that you receive a whole new level of understanding because you actually get to see what you are learning in class put into practice. Also, you really get to know the McCombs professor that comes to Hong Kong and can always use them as a mentor during the program and throughout the rest of your college career.”
--Berkley Alwin, 2010 Hong Kong Supply Chain Management student
Symphony of Lights
Every night at 8 p.m., there is a light show in the center of Hong Kong where there is an introduction of all the buildings that make up its impressive skyline. The narration is in English on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. To see the show, go to the Avenue of Stars to hear both music and narration. The show can also be seen and heard in restaurants up on Victoria’s Peak.
Take the tram up to Victoria’s Peak which is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. Up at the top, there is a shopping center and many restaurants that overlook Hong Kong. There is also a sky terrace where you can get a 360 degree view of HK. The best time to go up to Victoria’s Peak is a little bit before it gets dark so you can see HK lit up and catch the Symphony of Lights.
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Climb atop the 268 stairs to get an up close view of Big Buddha. Tian Tan Buddha is the largest outdoor bronze Big Buddha statue in the world. You’ll have to take a cable car to where the statue is but you will view great scenery on your way there. At the top, you will find many shops and restaurants.
Check out the Ladies’ Market, Jade Market, Temple Street Night Market, and Stanley Market. These are some of the most popular markets that you will find in HK. Don’t let the name Ladies’ Market fool you; there is plenty of stuff there for guys as well. These markets are great places to find souvenirs, knock-off or real designer items, clothes, shoes, and much more. Be prepared to bargain!
Cheung Sha Beach
There are many beaches to choose from; however Cheung Sha Beach is much more secluded and is a great place to meet locals. This beach is also very unique as it is surrounded by hills and mountains and it’s not uncommon to see a herd of cows just roaming around. Cheung Sha is a little farther away than others, but is a short bus ride away from Big Buddha.
High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel
Experience Hong Kong’s British influence during high tea at the Peninsula Hotel. This five-star hotel offers a wide variety of teas and finger foods for you to enjoy. After high tea, visit the Felix bar on the top floor to watch the Symphony of Lights.
Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is where most of HK’s nightlife takes place. Be sure to go there for Canada D’eh where the Canadians in HK host a fun-filled night.
If you’re a fan of sushi, this sushi bar is the place for you! For dessert, you should try Mochi which can also be found at Sha Tin.