Students’ feedback – Questionnaire

The following are the questionnaires completed by the participants of the trip. Enjoy!

Student A

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.

    The professional highlight of this visit is that we can join the Youth Summit and we have a chance to talk with Lord Wilson. We have talked about the difference of the education system between Hong Kong and Scotland and how he felt about the school of Scotland. Also, we learned the learning experience of Scottish students and how they felt about the Chinese culture in the Youth Summit.

  2. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.

    One of the culture highlight of this visit is the food culture. First, the staple food of Scotland is potatoes and our staple food is rice that is very different to us. Second, they also have a local drink which is called "Irn-Bru" and that is the best selling drink in Scotland and it is the local drink of Scotland apart from whiskey.

  3. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?

    The study environment in Scotland is more relax than in Hong Kong. It gives more freedom to students. I would import the stress to Scotland from Hong Kong. Although some people think that HK give too much stress to students such as too much homework. I think that appropriate amount of stress can let student have motivation to learn. I believe that Scottish students will put more effort in study.

  4. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?

    I think I would export the learning attitude to Hong Kong from Scotland. As I mentioned before, the study environment of Scotland is more relax but the students will not play all the time. Students in Scotland are very self-discipline. They will not spend too much time on playing because they use most of the time on studying and get well preparation to apply university. I think Hong Kong students should learn about that learning is for oursselves and we need to have a good attitude.

  5. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.

    After this study tour, I can really know more about Scotland such as their culture and the education system. In this tour, we need to live with our host family and we can talk with them in English. It really can improve my English communication skills and know more their lifestyle. Also, I went to our partner school, Boroughmuir High School and have a one day lessons. I can experience the learning atmosphere and the attitude of their students. Finally, I can make more friends come from different countries and it can widen my social circle.


Student B

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.

    The professional highlight of the visit is the museum of Scotland. Since there are lot of collection about Science, History, Art, etc. I can learn knowledge from these themes with professional display, for example the interactive science display and art gallery. In addition, the devices help me understand more about Science and Space.

  2. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.

    The cultural highlight of the visit is partner school. Since I could be their student on that day, I had some lessons with my partner at school. On that day, I learned about Scottish culture, such as language, eating and studying from Scottish students. They showed me that Scotland has a great culture.

  3. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?

    I would consider importing our language to them. Most of the students in Scotland want to learn Chinese, especially Mandarin. Since there is difference between Hong Kong and Scotland, they are studying hard for our language. I want to share how we learn Mandarin in Hong Kong with them.

  4. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?

    I would consider exporting the attitude of Scottish to Hong Kong. They are selfless and kind. When I went to Scotland, my host family didn’t mind I am a stranger. They are willing to take care of me. So, I hope Hong Kong citizens can learn from them.

  5. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.

    This is a good chance for me to broaden my horizons. It is the first time I went to Scotland for learning. I talk to the Scottish, learn from their culture, enhance my knowledge and share our language with them. After the visit, I am sure that I learn a lot from them. Also, I become more confidence when I talk with others. It is a big change for me.


Student C

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.

    For me, I think the one professional highlight of the Edinburgh visit was definitely the visit to the University of Edinburgh. There I got the privilege to talk with fellow scientists about thing that they are currently working on, hurdles they face whilst investigating, invoking about thing that I could do in order to reach into those fields.

  2. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.

    I would say the highlight of the cultural aspect of the visit to Edinburgh would definitely be the moments that I have spent with my host family.
    They are so cordial and welcoming that at first I was transfixed, however eventually it began to grow on me. The part when we had our
    St. Andrew’s Day supper where we all sat together sharing cultural stories of mine and theirs.

  3. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?

    I would consider importing the extremely convenient public transport system in Hong Kong to Scotland as commuting around in Scotland is pretty inconvenient.
All there is are trams and buses, a trailway system like the MTR would benefit everyone.

  4. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?

    I would consider exporting the openness and acceptance of the Scottish people, they are not arrogant nor conservative. They are open to try new things and accept new changes easily, as Hong Kong people are quite reluctant at stepping out their comfort zone.

  5. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.

    Essentially, I would put the essence of this exchange visit to Edinburgh as a cultural understanding exchange. From language, festivals to the history. Activities like attending Chinese lessons with my host brother, celebrating the Saint Andrew’s Day and the overall history of Edinburgh city (The Buildings) are all culturally related.


Student D

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.

    The youth summit is the most professional part of the whole visit because all students from different schools and nations joined the summit. There were over 500 persons in the centre and we shared our learning environment and both of us had benefits from the education system.

  2. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.

    The cultural of building is very fantastic. Certainly I became a part of the fairytale story and I had been waiting for my lady. Unfortunately I only had a week time of my life time in that story. I fall in love with the environment of Edinburgh.

  3. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?

    I would consider importing multicultural food to Scotland from Hong Kong. Hong Kong has different types of food for example Japanese, Korean, Thai and Chinese food because the traditional food of Scotland may not suitable for all foreigners.

  4. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?

    I would consider exporting the manners to Hong Kong from Scotland as we know Hong Kong has a lot of problems about Priority seats which we should offer the Priority seats to the people in needed. Apparently as a healthy person we shall do it for them. However some people will not do it. At the same time I could find that Scottish would offer the seats to the people in needed automatically. So I think we should do much better than Scottish. As a citizen of International city, we should have a good manner.

  5. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.

    As a Chinese, I totally understand to learn a new language is not that easy, especially learning English because Chinese and English are completely different like pronunciation, alphabet and grammar. I have been learning English since I was 6 years old, but I was not able to speak English as western people as well. Even I live in Hong Kong. I grow up under the multicultural environment. English is official language in Hong Kong. I need to speak English well because it is my responsibility. When I was in Scotland, I did not believe that my host brother is studying Chinese because he wants to understand more about China, communicate with Chinese people, understand the Chinese philosophy, but no one speaks Chinese as well and they do not have the rich Chinese environment to practice this language in Scotland. Actually many Spanish people, Italian people and French people are living in Scotland. If they learn some kinds of those languages which are easier than Chinese and they have more chances to practice. But they do not give up because of the environment issue. Fortunately they are still learning Chinese. I think we should care about the attitude of learning.


Student E

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.

    The highlight of this trip was definitely being able to participate in the 5th Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) conference, held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, where we are able to share our experience of being a student in Hong Kong, while understanding the learnings of Mandarin and the Chinese culture in Edinburgh. I enjoyed watching the performances from the Scottish students a lot! Other than the Scottish pipe band performance, they also performed , Chinese dance, Chinese drum and sang Mandarin songs that they wrote by themselves, which were all very impressive!
    This conference has surely broaden my horizons because I got to see how influential China and its soft power actually are. I was really surprised and shocked to see foreigners being interested in learning about Chinese culture and also its language, Mandarin. A lot of them found Chinese culture to be very beautiful and powerful. I could not have imagined this if I did not attend this conference.
    We also had an exceptional opportunity, meeting and talking to Lord Wilson, the former governor of Hong Kong and president of SCEN; Dr Judith McClure, chairperson of SCEN; and Mr Zhang Limin, deputy Chinese Consul general. We talked about learning Chinese in Edinburgh and some other social issues.

  2. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.

    St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day and is celebrated on the 30th November. I was fortunate enough to participate and experience this important part of Scotland’s culture. That night, my host family invited their friends over for dinner. Before the dinner, Richard and Patrick gave us a wonderful performance where Richard worn his kilt and played the back pipe (worth mentioning, GWC has a world class pipe band) while Patrick gave a traditional speech. For dinner, we had Scotland’s national dish — haggis. It is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal, spices and salt. Traditionally encased in the sheep’s stomach, although nowadays most haggis is prepared in a sausage casing. It was served with pumpkin and mash potato. I could still remember how delicious it was. It was a very filling evening!

  3. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?

    1. The first day that I arrived in Scotland, it was Richard’s birthday party. He had a casino themed party which was very grand and different from what I was used to see in Hong Kong. I was introduced to all kinds of casino games, it was difficult at first but I had a lot of fun trying. It is also rare to see so much effort being put into a birthday party and I was very impressed by that. I wish parents in Hong Kong could also put so much effort into their children’s development. Simply sending them into top schools do not necessarily make them a better person. What children actually need are parents spending time on inspiring them, helping them to find their interest. Allowing them to do what they like.

    2. I also think that the Scottish students enjoy going to school. They have the incentives to learn and the motivation to go to school. The reason behind is simply because they are encouraged to explore the beauty of nature and the world that they are living in. This allowed me to reflect on the education system in Hong Kong and how it has influenced us as a person. I understand that Hong Kong is a very competitive place and children have to be really good at academic in order to “survive”. However, this system is ruining our creativity and our desirous to learn and explore. We are becoming one of those sheeples.

    3. Besides that, I was also very impressed with how much Patrick knows about his home town. I realised that students in Hong Kong know nothing about the place that they are living in because they were not being taught how to observe given the pressure of school work and grades.

    4. The time that I stayed with my host family really gave me an idea on how different their life-style is compared to ours. I was really surprised with their daily routines and how family-oriented they were. I was particularly surprised by how they were able to balance their school life with their interests and whilst also having some free time. My host family’s children would wake up early in the morning to practice their respective instruments; and not only would they participate in morning school activities but they also had extracurricular activities after school. Even after such a packed schedule they still were able to manage their time effectively with enough rest at the end of the day, going to bed at around 9pm. This is unheard of in Hong Kong where the average sleeping hours of secondary school students would approximately be five hours or less. This immediately opened my eyes to the different lifestyle of students in Scotland and Hong Kong. I realised that with good time management I could achieve the same as them while also having a good amount of sleep, this encouraged me to reflect on my personal lifestyle and the education system in Hong Kong.

  4. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.

    As I had never been to Scotland, this trip has definitely given me a taste of what it is like to live in Scotland, allowed me to have the in depth knowledge of what this place is like. I would never gain such meaningful and treasurable experience if I was only there for traveling with my parents or going to normal study tour. This is honestly the best exchange programme I have ever been to. Most importantly, this trip has given me a whole new perspective on China’s development and what is meant by influential. For sure, I had learnt about the development of China and knew that she is influencing the world in all aspects. But this trip allowed me to have a real feeling of her incredible soft power. As a Chinese, I am very impressed and proud of my country and promise would work hard to make her even better.


Student F

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.

    I think visiting James Gillespie’s high school is my ‘professional’ highlight, since the ways and there program of Edinburgh’s education is completely different to Hong Kong.

  2. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.

    Definitely the Edinburgh castle, Edinburgh is a historic place, there are various former houses everywhere in Edinburgh, and the history shows their development and contribute to their civilized culture. Each building permeates the culture and history of Edinburgh.

  3. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?

    Language- Chinese, the exchange programme can let both parties of Edinburgh and Hong Kong have an unequivocal concept mind of the importance of diverse cultures. Certainly, this would help us and develop better.

  4. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?

    Education system in Edinburgh, it encourages students to have critical thinking, but instead of spoon feeding students knowledge. The free style of teaching can inspire students to have more creative ideas. The purpose of learning is not for examination and tests, but really for learning.

  5. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.

    The essence of this trip is aiming to history, culture and well education system in Edinburgh. Through associating with our host family, we understand more about the civilization of Edinburgh and how to improve ourselves better.


Student G

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.
  2. I like Edinburgh very much as it has a mixture of old and new monuments. I could see some ancient buildings like Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace which is very well-blended with the modern buildings in the New Town. So I think the city was very professionally planned.

  3. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.
  4. In Edinburgh, the city council will present their light display, together with schedules band shows, starting from early December. I had a chance to enjoy this with two host families and it was really magnificent.

  5. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?
  6. People in Edinburgh like to talk while they are cooking. This can help family members to have better understanding between each other. Parents in Hong Kong should do this with their kids as well because this can help us build a better relationship with our parents.

  7. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?
  8. I think Hong Kong students should be given more freedom to choose which foreign language they would like to learn. Like the students in UK, they can choose to study French or German. However, in Hong Kong, we can only learn English. We simply don’t have other choices.

  9. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.
  10. In this trip, I could learn the differences in the cultures of Hong Kong and Edinburgh. Schools in Scotland have much better environment and students have more subject choices. Besides, the people there are nicer and friendlier and therefore I would not be afraid of talking to them. So I have made some friends there.


Student H

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.
  2. I like the attachment to our sister school, Royal High School, very much since I could have lessons with some local students and I made some friends there as well. And this made my trip meaningful.

  3. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.
  4. In Edinburgh, parents will start decorate their house and city to celebrate Christmas in early December. They will put a lot of ornaments to beautify their house. This will make the city looks vibrant and festive.

  5. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?
  6. People in Edinburgh like to talk while they are cooking. This can help family members to have better understanding between each other. Parents in Hong Kong should do this with their kids as well because this can help us build a better relationship with our parents.

  7. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?
  8. Like their counterparts in Scotland, students in Hong Kong should be given choices on learning foreign languages. In addition to English, they should be allowed to learn other languages like French, German, Japanese, Korean and so on.

  9. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.
  10. During this trip, my host parents would drive me to the school or meeting point every day. They would tell me things about Scottish culture and their life in Edinburgh. Gradually, I could get used to their speech and understand their stories more easily. And now I will not be so afraid of speaking English.


Student I

  1. Describe, for you, ONE ‘professional’ highlight of the visit.
  2. I think the visit to the Edinburgh Castle is the most appealing activity to me as I could learn more facts about the history of the Royal Family. And the description and display were done in a very professional way.

  3. Describe, for you, ONE ‘cultural’ highlight of the visit.
  4. In Edinburgh, parents will give a box of chocolates to their children one month before Christmas. I think this a good idea because every child likes eating chocolates and they are my favourites too.

  5. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider importing to Scotland from Hong Kong?
  6. The way of teaching Mathematics in Hong Kong is more effective as it can help students build a better foundation which is quite important for their future studies. Therefore, it should be introduced to Scotland.

  7. Is there any ONE aspect which you would consider exporting to Hong Kong from Scotland?
  8. Like their counterparts in Scotland, students in Hong Kong should be given choices on learning foreign languages. In addition to English, they should be allowed to learn other languages like French, German, Japanese, Korean and so on.

  9. Sum up in a paragraph the ‘essence’ of the exchange visit to you – sums it up for you and the impact.
  10. Before this trip, I had been to Canada two month ago and also lived in host family. To me, the host family in Canada seemed to be more experienced in receiving overseas students. Also, the food people ate in Canada was quite similar to that in Hong Kong. In Canada they would eat meat more often. Instead, we usually ate spaghetti in Edinburgh. I had no difficulty adapting to the food in these places as I am not a choosy person. Besides, by talking to the host families I could learn more about the lifestyles and cultures of the two countries.

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