HK stu­dents im­pressed in main­land visit

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By SHADOW LI and SHI XIAOFENG in Hangzhou

Hong Kong youth were awed by the main­land’s de­vel­op­ment af­ter join­ing a visit to Zhe­jiang prov­ince — one of the coun­try’s key in­no­va­tion cen­ters — with the largest and youngest ever six-day tour for a high-tech and cul­ture feast, which con­cluded on Fri­day.

“Though Hong Kong is a fi­nan­cial cen­ter, Hangzhou ex­cels Hong Kong with its bal­anced de­vel­op­ment in di­verse sec­tors,” said 22-year-old Che­ung Siu-fung, a third-year col­lege stu­dent study­ing in the UK, who joined the tour. “So I would def­i­nitely be in­ter­ested in com­ing to Hangzhou, or other main­land cities, to work if there is a chance.”

The 2,000-strong youth del­e­ga­tion, with an av­er­age age of less than 26, ar­rived in Hangzhou on July 30. They were di­vided into groups to visit 11 cities in Zhe­jiang prov­ince, in­clud­ing Hangzhou, the cap­i­tal city and home to many cre­ative and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies; Wen­zhou, a fa­mous man­u­fac­tur­ing base; and Shaox­ing, renowned for its wine in­dus­try.

Dur­ing the trip, young peo­ple from Hong Kong were able to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand many in­no­va­tive and cre­ative prod­ucts dur­ing site vis­its to in­dus­try lead­ers like Geely Au­to­mo­bile and Hikvi­sion, a surveil­lance and mon­i­tor­ing de­vices sup­plier.

On a bike tour around the city’s fa­mous West Lake with other mem­bers of the group, Che­ung was amazed by the con­ve­nience of cash­less pay­ment and the ex­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tion of in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy in Hangzhou’s daily life.

On Sai-yiu, 17, a high school stu­dent with Mu Kuang English School in Kowloon, Hong Kong, who vis­ited the In­ter­net Vil­lage of Dream Town — Hangzhou’s in­cu­ba­tion cen­ter for in­ter­net star­tups — said that he was deeply im­pressed by the dy­namic tech scene in the Zhe­jiang pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal. He said Hangzhou is more tech-savvy than he thought.

“Dur­ing this tour, I no­ticed that young en­trepreneur­ship in the tech in­dus­try is par­tic­u­larly strong and highly en­cour­aged by the city. This helps many lo­cal tech star­tups sprout,” On said.

Dur­ing time on Wed­nes­day with Hong Kong en­trepreneurs, in­clud­ing those who have es­tab­lished them­selves in Hangzhou and those who came not long ago, the young peo­ple from Hong Kong were ad­vised to take the ini­ti­ate to em­brace the na­tion’s de­vel­op­ment and link their fu­ture with the coun­try’s.

For Ni­cole Kwan, 23, a Hong Kong univer­sity grad­u­ate, it was her first visit to Hangzhou and Ningbo. She said that she was star­tled by the swift de­vel­op­ment on the main­land. She found Hangzhou burst­ing with cul­ture and in­no­va­tion, and Ningbo very or­ga­nized and suit­able to live and work in.

Kwan said she would surely take a job in Hangzhou if given the chance.

The tour has been held an­nu­ally since 2015 by New Home As­so­ci­a­tion, an NGO in Hong Kong. Sim­i­lar tours with an in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity among youth from the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion were ar­ranged fre­quently by other so­cial groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions in past years, to fos­ter a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the coun­try and deepen the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween peo­ple, es­pe­cially the young, from Hong Kong and the main­land.

Ac­cord­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion, the tour to Zhe­jiang prov­ince this year had a full en­roll­ment in the first round, though they had ex­pected to open three rounds of ap­pli­ca­tions.

Honey Tsang con­trib­uted to this story.

Con­tact the writers at stushadow@ chi­nadai­lyhk.com.

WANG YUAN / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

Stu­dents from Hong Kong get a taste of vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy at the In­ter­net Vil­lage of Dream Town, an in­cu­ba­tion cen­ter for in­ter­net star­tups in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Thurs­day.

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