Social & Cultural Activities

Welcome to the HKU Summer Institute 2018!

A classroom shall not be conjured by four walls, yet wherever you learn, a classroom it is. Consider social & cultural activities and enrichment workshops as the way for you to be a local and feed your curiosity. There is no better way to enrich your new gained friendship by going through these new experiences! Check out our activities this year!


Social & Cultural Activities

Included under optional residential package for Undergraduates/Postgraduates*


Tradition: High Table Dinner 

Put on the green gown! A prestigious dining tradition originated from century old ritual in British universities. Don’t miss the chance to join this signature social and intellectual exchange event for an inspiring experience in HKU!

“I LOVE the unique HKU High Table Dinner experience. I met a lot of new friends from all of the world at the dinner and I had a very fruitful summer, thank you!”



Explore the Inner City: Central & Sheung Wan Heritage and Foodie Tour

A time-travel to the unique East-meets-West city by a guided tour on the heritages and age-old traditions of the past. Then move forward to the vibe of CBD. Have a taste of Hong Kong’s flavours and eat like a local!




Ding Ding! TramOramic

Ding Ding! Let’s hop on the century-old tramway to explore the Island in the evening. This unique 1920s-style open-top tram will bring you a fascinating sightseeing tour.




Journey into Calm: Tsz Shan Monastery

Enrich your body-mind-spirit in the newly-build Tang Dynasty-style-architecture and the most tranquil sanctuary in Hong Kong. Reconnect with your inner peace and joy!

Awarded Most Peaceful Place in Hong Kong by Time Out Hong Kong 



Get Breezy: Repulse Bay & Stanley Market

Tired with the city’s hustle and bustle? Enjoy some sea breeze and under the sun! And what’s more exciting than getting a bargain in the open air street market in Stanley? Let’s go!




Old VS New: Man Mo Temple and PMQ

Take this walking tour to “Old Town Central”: Man Mo Temple – A must-see quaint and colorful Chinese temple Vs PMQ – a creative hub revitalising from the old and now a home to 100+ local young create-preneurs!




Hike to the Peak

World-famous views await your discovery. Take a relaxing hike from HKU to the Victoria Peak.  We will bring you from the past historical site (Pinewood Battery) to the most stunning modern cityscapes.

“It was a wonderful experience. The support from HKU Summer Institute made our life very convenient. It’s a good chance to have a deeper understanding of HKU and Hong Kong.”



Big Bus Tour

Hop on this open-top-bus for panoramic views and explore Hong Kong. A fun and enjoyable way to discover 852’s highlights: skyscrapers, bustling street markets, attractions and more!



Island Getaway: Cheung Chau

Get on a ferry ride to the local’s favourite weekend-escape! This little island gem comes with beaches, snack shops and street vendors. Snack with us for some jumbo fishballs and mango mochi!


Enrichment Workshops

Get inspired! Join our enrichment workshops to gain insight and light up your mind for a whole-person educational experience in Summer! (fees applied*)

Western Dining Etiquette – Essential Basics by Desmond So

Have you ever been unsure about the utensil settings when dining? Where to place your napkin when leaving the table? Join this interactive class to learn all the basics at the Western dining table and practice over a three-course dinner with Mr. Desmond So, host of luxury-lifestyle television programme in Hong Kong. You will feel more confident and at ease in your next luncheon or date.  Bring an appetite to learn!


Modern Social Etiquette – Establishing a stand out impression and image by Desmond So

How to look proper and act properly  in any occasion? Mr. Desmond So, host of luxury-lifestyle television programme in Hong Kong, will teach you how to think and behave like a professional, from handshake to farewell, from posture to networking. Acquire the skills which will last for your lifetime in this highly interactive workshop.


The Aesthetic of Chinese Calligraphy

The Intangible Heritage of Chinese calligraphy is world-renowned for its gestural movement and painterly touch. Follow our lecturer of the School of Chinese, Mr. Hayson  S. H. Liu to learn this aesthetically pleasing writing art and culture. You can also bring a set of writing essentials home!


About Mr. Hayson S. H. Liu 

Mr. Hayson Liu is the Lecturer of the School of Chinese and the Chief Supervisor of Experiential Learning and Exchange Programmes of HKU. Apart from teaching various Chinese language courses, he has developed diverse cultural workshops on themes such as Chinese calligraphy and Chinese aesthetics appreciation.


Tai Chi: Balancing Yin & Yang

Want to unwind and enhance your well-being? Let’s practice Tai Chi – traditional martial arts to keep the balance of Yin and Yang within your body with Ms. Wendy Yu, coach and judge of Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association.



  1. Activities are available to selected programmes.
  2. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-serve basis and have limited quota.
  3. Particular terms and conditions apply to each activity/workshop, please refer to respective activity/workshop description on online application system.
  4. Students are required to check their course schedule to avoid any clash when applying for activity/workshop.
  5. For details, please refer to programme offer on online application system.
  6. All activity/workshop fees are non-refundable.