香港Hong Kong Cultural & Language Lesson

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香港Hong Kong Cultural & Language Lesson
Hong Kong
Pre-Departure Orientation
CIBER Study Abroad 2012
The Team
Program Liaisons
Martina Li (MPA) & Andy Tang (SCM)
• We as liaisons are there to help when…
• Too many cultural shocks? Confused?
- Sign up to talk to us during our office hours.
• Need to see a doctor?
- Call us, and we will take you to an English-speaking doctor!
• Not sure what to do under difficult situations (cultural wise, or roommate issues)?
- Schedule a meeting with us.
• Need more information about traveling and daily logistics?
- Shoot us an email, or talk to us whenever there is a chance.
• You as students are expected to notify the liaisons beforehand when…
• You are going to be in a different city/country.
- Provide us with your hotel/hostel, city and dates, classmates who you travel
together with.
• You are going to be out past midnight.
-Tell us, text, email, slip a note under our door, have someone else tell us.
• When you see things unusual happening to your roommate(s) and need immediate
The Campus
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
The Dorm Student Hostel II, High Block, Shaw College
The closest clip found on YouTube
(for REFERENCE only, reality changes!)
Website for more dorm pics:
We are going to talk
• Necessary Logistics Info
• Hong Kong Culture 101
& Cultural Activities Program Overview
• Cantonese Language 101
Ready to go?
Whenever you want to make an
international phone-call
between US and HK…
• Hong Kong currency: the HK dollar (HKD)
• Bills: 1000 (yellow)/ 500 (brown) / 100 (red) / 50 (blue) / 20 (grey) / 10 (purple and
• Coins:
• copper coins- 10¢/ 20¢/ 50¢ ;
• silver-colored- $1/ $2/ $5 ;
• nickel and bronze- $10
• 1 US$= approximately HK$7.8
• You may use your debit card to get local currency with a small transaction
fees or find the affiliated banks in Hong Kong to waive any transaction fees.
(i.e. Bank of America= China Construction Bank)
• Reminder: Notify your banks about going abroad this summer to avoid any
credit cards being canceled or ATMs “eating” your debit cards
***Hong Kong can get expensive but is also great fun for the budget
Airport Tips
• Luggage ID Tags
• Plastic Baggies
• Copy of your itinerary & passport
• Keep your passport and ID in an easily accessible place.
• Sweater
• Money for Money Exchange at HK Airport (if you plan to take taxi or
need to make immediate purchases)
What to Pack
• Appliances – battery powered if at all possible. The voltage is 220 volts in
Hong Kong and the plugs are different than in the US. So you need an
• Bring casual and formal wear. Pack for both early spring in Austin (rain is
very frequent) and summer. Multiple business appropriate attire
• Bring comfortable walking shoes – you will be doing A LOT of walking.
• Don’t forget a raincoat and/or umbrella.
• Bring a bath towel
• Bring a calculator (or use your phone). It will be handy when you bargain.
• Pack bags and make sure you can carry them by yourself for 3 to 4 blocks.
• Include name and address in luggage, both inside and outside.
• And remember that you are going to buy a lot of stuff!
Arrival in HK
• Your flight will arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport.
• Purpose to Hong Kong: Visit/Tourist
• After customs and picking up your luggage from the baggage claim, you
have a few options to get to CUHK: PICK UP A MTR MAP (available at
every MTR station)!
• We recommend all of you to purchase your Octopus cards at the Airport
Information Desk
• If you need to make any immediate purchases, the Airport has Money
Exchange stations.
• If you ever get lost, you can follow signs with this symbol to find the nearest
MTR station
About HK Taxi
There are three types of Taxis in Hong Kong:
• the Red Taxis: mostly travel the urban areas. Most expensive. Usually with
drivers that speak better English.
• the Green Taxis: operate within the New Territories.
• The Blue Taxis: operate on Lantau Island. Least expensive.
Arrive in HK: By “solely Taxi”
• Take a taxi straight to CUHK – 45 minutes. This is the most expensive
option but also the most convenient. The cost is about HK$400 (US$51)
• You can hail cabs the same way you would in the U.S.
• This is a good option if you feel anxious about getting lost or have too
much luggage for you to take Public Transit.
Arrive in HK: By “Bus+Taxi”
• Take airport bus route number A41 from the Airport to the Sha Tin MTR
Train Station (bus fare: HKD 21, about US$2.50). The bus runs from 06:00
to 24:00 at 20-minute frequency. Sha Tin Train Station is not the terminal
stop for the bus, but is the first stop after a long tunnel. Also most
passengers will get off at this stop. Ask the driver where to get off if you are
not sure. The bus ride is 45-60 minutes depending on traffic.
• After you get off the bus at Sha Tin Train Station, you will see that there is a
Taxi Stand just next to the bus stop. Take a taxi from there to the
University. The trip takes about 10 minutes and costs about US$9.
Arrive in HK: By “Bus+MTR”
• Take airport bus route number A41 from the Airport to the Sha Tin MTR
Train Station (bus fare: HKD 21, about US$2.50). The bus runs from 06:00
to 24:00 at 20-minute frequency. Sha Tin Train Station is not the terminal
stop for the bus, but is the first stop after a long tunnel. Also most
passengers will get off at this stop. Ask the driver where to get off if you are
not sure. The bus ride is 45-60 minutes depending on traffic.
• Upon getting off the A41 bus, take the MTR trains from the Sha Tin Train
Station to the University Train Station, that's where the Chinese
University is. The trains run every 5 to 10 minutes from 06:00 to 00:30. The
train ride from the Sha Tin Train Station to the University Train Station (two
stations away) takes about 8 minutes (fare: about US$0.6).
Getting Around HK
• How to get from Point A to Point B
• If you lose your MTR map, all MTR stations have them.
• Reload your Octopus card at any station.
• To call the U.S. from Hong Kong: 001 + 1 + area code + number (00 1 512
xxx xxxx)
• To call Hong Kong from the US: 011 + 852 + 1 + number.
• Phone rates in Hong Kong are cheaper from 9:00 pm to 8:00 am on
weekdays and throughout the weekend.
• Rent or purchase a cell phone for this specific trip. An “unlocked” or GSM
cell phone may hold an SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card for
international dialing. Don’t forget to call your cell phone service provider
to unlock your US phone.
• Buy a local Hong Kong pre-paid SIM card. You can purchased SIM cards at
any 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience stores or PCCW (Hong Kong
Telecom company) retail outlets or at the Hong Kong Airport.
• Skype (~$0.02 USD per minute)
• Remember to disable any data plan on your smart phone to avoid
international data roaming charges.
• Emergency numbers of cities:
Police, Fire, Ambulance: Dial 999
• Emergency contact info in “My SAO”
• Travel/Arrival Data in “My SAO”
• Always carry your ISIC, Int’l. SOS, and program contact cards
with you.
• Notify Program Liaison of weekend travel
On-Site Orientation
• 4pm on the Sunday before class starts
• Between 2pm to 6pm or once everyone
arrives on Wednesday.
Hong Kong Culture
HK? China?
• Why?
• British Colony (18421997) between
Imperial China and
the New Communist
• HK’s official name:
• HK SAR (Special
Administrative Region)
• Mandarin vs. Cantonese
• Grammar: similar
• Written form:
• similar, but in traditional
• Pronunciation: different
• Vocabulary:
• partially different
Regional Flag
(Flag of Hong Kong)
National Flag
(Flag of People’s Republic of China)
Cultural and Social Expectations
• “Face” is very important in Chinese culture. Never purposely try to
embarrass the locals and avoid confrontations if possible. Be careful with
your facial/body expressions as well as language. Respect is extremely
important to the Chinese.
• Because most Hong Kong Chinese are busy urbanites, you may think they
are unfriendly. The Chinese don’t generally smile when you make eye
• Also the quality of customer service in Hong Kong has traditionally been
low. However, they are very efficient compare to other part of the world.
• Dining out is a cultural experience for most Chinese. Usually a group will
order several dishes and share, hence, the family-style dinning experience
(but without passing the dishes around). Remember this if you have the
opportunity to dine with a group of locals.
Cultural and Social Expectations
• Dutch pay is also not as common as in the US. If you are invited to dinner
by a local, he/she will usually insist on paying. Not letting them is a social
• Try to use some simple phrases in Cantonese. Do not worry about
butchering it. Your attempt shows that you respect their culture.
• Dress appropriately. Overly revealing clothing is frowned upon by the older
• Do not spit in public!
• When speaking English, adjust your manner of speaking. This means,
slow your speed and enunciate very clearly.
• When in a group with your friends, try not to have overly loud
conversations. It is frowned upon. Also, watch your language!
Nitty-Gritty Details – in general
Tipping at restaurants and for taxi is
not generally expected.
Most tag prices include tax, so you
don’t need to budget extra on top of
the tag price.
Bargaining is common for purchases
at roadside stands and outdoor
markets. So if you make efforts, you
can get real savings, but you may
need to have some expertise in
judging the real worth of the
commodity. The claimed price is not
always proportionate to its real value.
Nitty-Gritty Details - transportation
The right of way is left, rather
than right. It varies though so
in most cases it is made clear
with signs on road surface.
It is not necessary to book a
taxi beforehand. Waving from
a taxi stop works. However, in
places where taxis do not
frequently go, booking is
Nitty-Gritty Details - eating
Sodas and beers are not
usually accompanied with ice
unless specified.
Most restaurants do not show
willingness to distribute bills
among individuals for group
It is normal for people to drink
directly from the trim of glass
or cup without using straws.
Nitty-Gritty Details - eating
It is not rude for the
waiter/waitress to wait right next to
you while you are getting your
wallet to pay for the bill in Hong
It is also normal that you need to
place your food and drink orders
as soon as you are seated.
It is also common that you pay
when they bring you your orders
up to the table.
Nitty-Gritty Details - eating
Sharing a table with strangers
when dinning at a restaurant is a
common practice in Hong Kong.
(Usually in smaller restaurants or
food courts)
There is no free refills on
beverages except hot tea.
It is acceptable to not bust your
table after you eat at fast food
restaurant or food court.
Cultural Activities
• CIBER-sponsored:
• Weekly, sign-up required, participation encouraged
but not required.
• Includes farewell dinner and dim-sum lunch with
HKTX (HK Texas Exes).
• HKTX Events:
• Dim-sum lunch with HK horns (CIBER-sponsored)
• Happy Hour with HK horns (on own)
• Other Cultural Activities (paid on own)
• Spontaneous, no sign-up required
Sample Itinerary
Tian Tan
Mainland China Trip
Sample Itinerary
R 66
Things to do in HK
At your own discretion
• Symphony of Lights
• Take the tram up to Victoria Peak. Amazing view.
• Ocean Park
• Pink Dolphins
• Stanley Market
• Disneyland Hong Kong. Mickey Mouse greets you in Cantonese.
• Visit the many nature preserves like the Mai Po Nature Reserve. Loads of
hiking trails.
• Visit local temples. Especially the Chi Lin Nunnery!! Peaceful and inspiring.
• Go to Lamma Island for great seafood.
• Shopping. End of June is summer sales season.
• Lan Kwai Fong, Mid-Level escalator, and SOHO food district in Central.
Things to do in HK: Street Markets
• Ladies’ Market (Tung Choi
• Bargain shopping
• Temple Street Night Market
• Fortune-tellers
• Stanley Market
• Souvenirs
• Jardine’s Crescent
• Mostly clothing and accessories
Li Yuen Street East and West
Mostly clothing
Bird Garden
Heaven for bird lovers
Goldfish Market
Heaven for fish lovers
Flower Market / Fa Yuen
Sells flowers as well as clothing
Cantonese Lesson
Listening to Cantonese…
Cantonese 廣東話
Cantonese is a dialect of Chinese,
originated from the Southern provinces in
Cantonese is widely spoken in Guangdong
Province in China, Malaysia, and
Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese are
你好 (lei hou)
Bye Bye 拜拜 (bai bai)
Good Morning 早晨 (jo san)
Good Afternoon 午安 (mmm on)
Good Night
晚安 (jo tau)
Useful Phrases
Do you speak English? 你識唔識講英文呀?
(neih sikmhsik gong yingman a?)
Please 唔該 (mmm koi)
Thank you 多謝 (doh tzay)
You’re welcome 唔駛客氣
(mmm sai haak-hay)
I’m sorry 對唔住 (dui mmm jew)
Yes 係 (hai)
No 唔係 (mmm hai)
One 一
Two 二
Three 三
Four 四
Five 五
Seven 七
Eight 八
Nine 九
Ten 十
Eleven 十一
Twelve 十二
Thirteen 十三
Fourteen 十四
Fifteen 十五
(sap yat)
(sap yi)
(sap saam)
(sap say)
(say mmm)
Twenty 二十
Thirty 三十
Forty 四十
Fifty 五十
(yi sap)
(sam sap)
(say sap)
(mmm sap)
One Hundred 一百 (yat baak)
One Thousand 一千 (yat chin)
Ten Thousand 一万 (yat maan)
Where is the toilet? 廁所喺邊度呀?
(chiso hai bindouh a?)
Female 女(lui)
男 (lam)
Toilet in
Hong Kong
Bus 巴士(bar she)
Taxi 德士 (dik she)
Train 火車(fo che)
Entry 入口 (yup hao)
Exit 出口 (chut hao)
Metro Station Signs
沙田 Shatin
大學 University
旺角 Mong Kok
• 尖東 East Tsim Sha Tsui
• 尖沙咀 Tsim Sha Tsui
• 中環 Central
On the Menu
Rice 飯 (fahn)
Congee 粥 (zuoc)
Noodle 面 (meme)
Chicken 雞 (guy)
Beef 牛 (ngao)
Pork 豬 (zhu)
Mutton 羊 (yong)
Vegetables 蔬菜 (sou choi)
Tofu 豆腐 (dao fu)
Common Hong Kong Cuisine
Chinese BBQ
Curry Fish Ball
Wonton Noodle
Dim Sum (Siu Mai, Har Gau)
Hong Kong Style Milk Tea
Ice Lemon Tea
Chrysanthemum tea (Hot )
Learning Cantonese
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