The PolyU Halls see many exchange students in the new academic year. Engaged in a totally different environment, exchange students may have to overcome the cultural shock and integrate into the local culture. Alice Qian, a mainland student in the foundation programme of the Language Studies for the Profession, expressed her satisfaction towards the hall lives.

Colorful hall life

PolyU Hall has been regarded as a "five-star hotel". Alice also has the same feeling. She could not believe her eyes when first stepping into the hall.

"PolyU hall is far more advanced. In the hall of my high school, six to eight people shared a dirty old room, without any air-conditioner and cooking utensils. Now PolyU hall provides the students with various facilities such as the gymnasium, the swimming pool and the pantry. They fit all my basic needs".

Having stayed in Hong Kong for two months, Alice considered the Halloween party was her most interesting experience. It was the first time for her to wear the cassock and the horrible drawings on her face to scare others. She enjoyed the party very much.

Quick adaptation

Since Alice lives in Shenzhen and knows Cantonese very well, she can adapt to the life in Hong Kong quickly. However, she recognized one big difference about the lifestyle of Hong Kong people: "Hong Kong students are used to working overnight and getting up late in the morning while mainland students normally sleep before one in the morning. Hong Kong people seem to be busy with their work all the time and they don't know how to enjoy their lives."

Nevertheless, Alice believed that she would soon be affected by the "night culture" of the local students. To strive for a balance between the two cultures, she hopes to absorb the merits of Hong Kong and still keep traditional Chinese culture.



Written by Desiree Lui (Lisheng)

01: Fire Drill 2004
02: Essay Competition 04-05
03: Maturing of High Table Dinner and Hall Culture
04: First High Table Dinner of the Year
05: Olympic Spirit at Chengde High Table Dinner
06: 開元晚宴創新開先河
07: 人生如夢, 夢如人生
08: 宿舍中的一群: 亞洲區學生專訪 (1)
09: 宿舍中的一群: 亞洲區學生專訪 (2)
10: Meeting with Exchange Students
11: Alice from Mainland
12: 難以忘懷的宿舍生活
13: 回味宿舍生活
14: Hall Mission