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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

I have a question. I have the opportunity to do my semester abroad in Hong Kong or Beijing. In Beijing I could study at Peking University, which is said to be the best university in Asia. I am personally much more interested in Hong Kong, but Beijing has a better reputation and now I don't know what makes more sense. What would you recommend?

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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have a question. I have the opportunity to do my semester abroad in Hong Kong or Beijing. In Beijing I could study at Peking University, which is said to be the best university in Asia. I am personally much more interested in Hong Kong, but Beijing has a better reputation and now I don't know what makes more sense. What would you recommend?

If you are learning or want to learn Chinese, then of course Beijing.
Otherwise I found Hong Kong much more exciting, but of course it is a lot more expensive than Beijing.

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It also depends on whether you are in the summer or winter semester. When I was in Beijing in February it was -20 ° C, my jeans are practically frozen. In Hong Kong, however, it can get really uncomfortably hot in summer. I haven't had any experience with smog in Hong Kong, but in Beijing you can sometimes see less than a hundred meters and sometimes you have a bright blue sky.

It is also easier to travel within China when studying in Beijing. Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou etc can all be reached from Beijing for 50 € and without visa stress. The disadvantage is that you are usually not allowed to leave the country unless you apply for several entry permits, which is quite stressful. From Hong Kong, you can also go to China, although not that easy, and of course Vietnam etc. is on the doorstep.
So, as always, it depends on what you like. You will definitely have a great time.

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I have been to Beijing as well as HK, personally I would always tend to Hong Kong, I thought the PolyU as a university was also great and unfortunately almost no one in Beijing speaks English, which can be very exhausting at times ....

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Clearly Hong Kong - much more diverse and international and in general, the Hong Kong Chinese are much more relaxed and open than the mainland Chinese. In addition, the residents in the area of ​​Beijing have a reasonable command of English.

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PwC_Boy wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have been to Beijing as well as HK, personally I would always tend to Hong Kong, I thought the PolyU as a university was also great and unfortunately almost no one in Beijing speaks English, which can be very exhausting at times ....

Thanks for the answers. So you wouldn't make it dependent on the reputation of the university?

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The universities in Hong Kong are also world-famous. No one is interested in whether that is 3rd or 5th in ranking XY.

I would also advise you to go to Hong Kong - the city has it all:
Coast, islands, mountains, big city, party. An excellent location (keyword travel) and infrastructure. In addition, Hong Kong is a good bit more western, which significantly increases the feel-good factor.

..and of course good universities

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

PwC_Boy wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have been to Beijing as well as HK, personally I would always tend to Hong Kong, I thought the PolyU as a university was also great and unfortunately almost no one in Beijing speaks English, which can be very exhausting at times ....

Thanks for the answers. So you wouldn't make it dependent on the reputation of the university?

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Where do you want to work? Outside of Asia, very few people know the reputational differences between Beijing and Hong Kong, so it doesn't matter.

And even if it is, it is a semester abroad, not a full-fledged degree.

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No, I wouldn't, and apart from that, the best university in China without discussion is Tsinghua. And the best university in Asia? First there is NTU and NUS before Beijing ..

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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

PwC_Boy wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have been to Beijing as well as HK, personally I would always tend to Hong Kong, I thought the PolyU as a university was also great and unfortunately almost no one in Beijing speaks English, which can be very exhausting at times ....

Thanks for the answers. So you wouldn't make it dependent on the reputation of the university?

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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

PwC_Boy wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have been to Beijing as well as HK, personally I would always tend to Hong Kong, I thought the PolyU as a university was also great and unfortunately almost no one in Beijing speaks English, which can be very exhausting at times ....

Thanks for the answers. So you wouldn't make it dependent on the reputation of the university?

Anyone who has made their semester abroad dependent on reputation is no longer entirely normal.

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A semester abroad at a T5 university in South America / Africa / Asia beats every semester abroad at a T1 / T2 university in Europe.

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WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

No, I wouldn't, and apart from that, the best university in China without discussion is Tsinghua. And the best university in Asia? First there is NTU and NUS before Beijing ..

Tsinghua is - without discussion - number 2 after Beida. 100 out of 100 Chinese will tell you that.

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WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

A semester abroad at a T5 university in South America / Africa / Asia beats every semester abroad at a T1 / T2 university in Europe.

+1
As long as it's not the Ivy League, no one in HR cares which university abroad you went to

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In individual semesters, it doesn't matter where you have been. It's all about THAT you've been abroad for the purpose of cultural experience. In the case of complete studies abroad, things look different again.

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At which HK Uni? HKUST and HKU B-School are on the same level in terms of research, teaching, students, exchange and equipment. Pros: It's easier to make friends with HK students. Special feature: Most HK students live at home and commute to university. With Poly, Baptist, there is a difference. If you really want to learn Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese economy, I recommend Beijing.

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Well, I wouldn't make a semester abroad dependent on the reputation of the university, but to say that nobody cares is nonsense. I studied at a solid German university (no Target) and had the opportunity to study at a top university in other European countries. The country was my first priority anyway and the university abroad was just the icing on the cake. In retrospect, however, this was highlighted very positively by HR staff and addressed in every conversation. Of course, nobody in a DAX company may be interested, but IBs / UBs definitely do. During the semester there was also a career event where the top IBs and EBs were at the university, which also enabled very good contacts to be made. There was also an event by Mckinsey for German students who studied at the university in question. Since the number of German students was relatively small, German students who spend their semester abroad there were also able to take part, which of course brings a certain advantage. So the reputation of the university abroad can have advantages that should not be neglected. However, I had spent a semester in Bali in my BSc and that was highlighted at least as often in the positive (!), Especially with UBs - so no matter how you don't go wrong. I would not recommend a semester abroad in Switzerland or Austria under any circumstances;)

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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/25/2018:

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

A semester abroad at a T5 university in South America / Africa / Asia beats every semester abroad at a T1 / T2 university in Europe.

+1
As long as it's not the Ivy League, no one in HR cares which university abroad you went to

Is a no ー brainer, of course Hong Kong. Much cooler city. The reputation of the university doesn't matter at all!

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WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have a question. I have the opportunity to do my semester abroad in Hong Kong or Beijing. In Beijing I could study at Peking University, which is said to be the best university in Asia. I am personally much more interested in Hong Kong, but Beijing has a better reputation and now I don't know what makes more sense. What would you recommend?

Hong Kong is very expensive and very western. Find Beijing more exciting. You can take Hong Kong with you in a week.

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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/25/2018:

WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

I have a question. I have the opportunity to do my semester abroad in Hong Kong or Beijing. In Beijing I could study at Peking University, which is said to be the best university in Asia. I am personally much more interested in Hong Kong, but Beijing has a better reputation and now I don't know what makes more sense. What would you recommend?

Hong Kong is very expensive and very western. Find Beijing more exciting. You can take Hong Kong with you in a week.

But this is based on a mistake in thinking. Your observation is simply due to the unbelievable size of Beijing. Of course you can find many traditional areas in a city with more than 10,000 km². But if you take these 10,000 km² as a yardstick, there are just as many traditional and indigenous areas and even entire cities / villages in HK and the surrounding area;)

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I was at the CUHK in Hong Kong for an MBA Exchange as an MSc. At the age of 23, he was also the youngest in the lecture hall.

Hong Kong is much better than Beijing, much freer and more international. Academically it wasn't very demanding, but it was very interesting and good for networking. Our Prof (Liu Mingkang) was even the former chairman of the Bank of China, so he really had some good stories ready. Otherwise, HKU, Poly, and HKUST are also very good.

In Beijing I heard very positive things about Tshingua, and it was also my second choice. But you should be open to the real (communist) China experience.

You can travel very well from HK, including to China. With HK Express you can fly to Tokyo (there and back) for under € 50. I was also in Seoul, Macau, Kuala Lumpur. The nightlife in HK is awesome, even if it gets a bit monotonous after 20 times (LKF sends its regards). If you have the opportunity, move to HK Island. A little more expensive, but you also have real city life.

Oh man, now I want to go back ...;)

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WiWi Gast wrote on 09/24/2018:

No, I wouldn't, and apart from that, the best university in China without discussion is Tsinghua. And the best university in Asia? First there is NTU and NUS before Beijing ..

Tsinghua and Peking in China is like Oxford and Cambridge in Britain. No one can say either of them are best without discussion.

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Study in Beijing or Hong Kong?

WiWi Gast wrote on July 10, 2019:

No, I wouldn't, and apart from that, the best university in China without discussion is Tsinghua. And the best university in Asia? First there is NTU and NUS before Beijing ..

Tsinghua and Peking in China is like Oxford and Cambridge in Britain. No one can say either of them are best without discussion.

WRONG. the most elite university in asia is Tsinghua University.
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-asia

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