BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- A group of 206 Hong Kong students arrived in Beijing on July 24 for a four-day visit organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations that is aimed at letting them explore Chinese culture.
Last month, another 100 Hong Kong students enjoyed a seven-day visit to Beijing that took them to top universities, art galleries, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. They even got to learn a little Chinese kungfu.
With more exchanges between Hong Kong students and their counterparts on the Chinese mainland, the number of Hong Kong students who end up choosing to take their degrees on the mainland, especially at top universities, has been increasing in recent years.
In 2009, there were more than 200 students from Hong Kong in Beijing - about 10 percent of all overseas students. Among them, about 150 were pursuing postgraduate degrees, said Xie Peihong who is working with the Office of Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan Affairs, Peking University.
Lin Jianhua, vice president of Peking University, said the institution only had nine students from HK in 2001 but in 2007, there were 185.
"The number is increasing rapidly," said Lin.
Hong Wensheng, a 30-year-old student, is enjoying his third year of studying at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.
Having graduated from Victoria University in Australia with his bachelor's and Hull University in Britain with his master's degrees in computer science, Hong decided to come to the mainland to take an additional degree - in Chinese medicine.
"I have a strong interest in Chinese medicine," said Hong. "I have heard about traditional Chinese medicine for a long time, but there are not too many opportunities to get more detailed knowledge about it if I don't actually come here and study."