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Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions

Discover Hong Kong, its people, culture and customs with this free online course using 360° video and virtual reality.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions

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Discover Hong Kong, its people, culture and customs.

As a melting pot of Eastern and Western characteristics, Hong Kong has experienced a unique history from Chinese immigration to colonization by the British to the subsequent transformation into a Special Administration Region of China.

We’ll go on a journey around Hong Kong, using 3D virtual reality, exploring its history, culture and some of its distinguished traditions.

East-meets-West style can be seen in every aspect of the city including architecture, traditions and cuisine - this offers unique experiences and challenges for those living and working there.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsToday we are going to start an exciting journey to Hong Kong through our brand new immersive learning platform. An exciting trip, an exciting course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsHong Kong has seen enormous changes and transformation over the past century. Evolving from a small fishing village into a unique cosmopolitan city today, it straddles the cultural traditions of two worlds, East and West. Hang on Hong Kong is more than that. Beneath its facade of modernity and East-meets-West features. People’s lives are highly dynamic, hybrid and deeply influenced by tradition.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsThrough this course you will travel through time exploring the past, present and future of Hong Kong. So enjoy this amazing Virtual Reality learning journey with me.

What topics will you cover?

  • Brief introduction to the history and cultures of Hong Kong
  • Selected ritual practices and folk beliefs in Hong Kong
  • Key concepts and philosophies in Chinese cultures
  • People’s daily life in Hong Kong
  • 360-degree video and 3D virtual reality technology

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe Hong Kong’s traditional buildings and cultural events through a unique, virtual reality immersive learning experience
  • Identify social and cultural characteristics of Hong Kong as a city where East meets West with a unique legacy of traditions, beliefs, and folklore
  • Compare the social and cultural changes in Hong Kong taking place through the transformation of traditions in different stages: from the mid-nineteenth century to World War II; post-war to 1997; and from 1997 to the present
  • Explore the traditional Chinese concepts of Heaven, Earth and Mankind and their influence on folk beliefs in Hong Kong
  • Reflect on the co-existence of eastern and western values in Hong Kong and their impact on modern-day life

Who is the course for?

No prior knowledge is necessary. We welcome anyone interested in:

  • culture, history, religion, and society,
  • a new immersive learning experience (VR), and
  • Hong Kong and China.

What software or tools do you need?

You can take part in this course without needing special equipment. However, to get the best experience we will encourage you to try the low-cost personal virtual reality device called Google Cardboard, in combination with your smartphone.

Don’t worry - we will explain how to do this.

Who will you learn with?

Horace Ip

Vice-President (Student Affairs) and Chair Professor of Computer Science at City University of Hong Kong, Professor Ip is a pioneer in virtual reality technology and its applications in education.

Ka Fai Ma

Ka Fai MA
Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese and History.
Now work on Cultural Sociology and Cultural Studies. A well-known novelist in the Chinese community and won the 2017 TIBE Book Prize.

Calvin Wong

Instructor in the Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He teaches Chinese social, cultural, and urban history.

Who developed the course?

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has risen rapidly to become a leading institution for research and professional education in Asia’s World City where East meets West.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $59 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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