Exploring Hong Kong Culture

Hong Kong is a modern, busy, and densely populated city with an impressive skyline of high-rise buildings. Despite its status as a key financial and trading hub of Asia, it’s common to find many herbal medicine shops, roadside fortune tellers, wheelbarrows, and birds in cages being taken for strolls in the city’s parks. Hong Kong is home to many diverse religions and traditions—influenced by Chinese and British cultures.

Study abroad in Hong Kong Host a Chinese student in the U.S.


People and Community in Hong Kong

Families prefer to eat together at home on weekdays. On weekends, families tend to dine out, especially for Sunday yum cha (lunch). In Hong Kong culture, it’s common for parents to work long hours, and for grandparents to live with immediate families in small apartments. Some families may have very little time together, but they still consider themselves quite close. Spending time with family is expected and a large reverence is placed on elders in Hong Kong culture. Chinese people also respect hierarchy and appreciate proper social relations, full of harmony and with minimal conflict.

Parents will do everything they can for the children’s growth and the children are expected to compensate their parents’ sacrifice in the future. Male members such as grandfathers and fathers are commonly thought of as the core roles in a family.

Language and Communication Styles

Both English and Chinese (most often Cantonese) are official languages in Hong Kong. Cantonese (Guangdong Hwa, hwa means dialect) is the major Chinese dialect spoken in Hong Kong and other parts of the Guangdong province.

Food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers plenty of delights for one’s taste buds! A basic meal consists of fish, meat, eggs, vegetables, rice or noodles. Most dishes are stir-fried or steamed. Salads, raw vegetables, and dairy products such as milk or cheese, are available in Hong Kong, but are not common. Hong Kong consumes common meat such as beef, pork, mutton, poultry, and seafood.

Rice is a staple food and appears in almost every dish. Congee, a rice porridge sometimes served with meat and vegetables, is a popular breakfast. Hong Kong offers a wide variety of noodles like ramen, udon (a thick wheat noodle), and rice. Most noodles are served either fried or boiled.

Explore the Programs Available in Hong Kong