The 5th South China Social and Economic Survey (Guangdong-Hong Kong collaboration project), cohosted by School of Geography and Planning of Sun Yat-sen University and Chung Chi College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, was rounded off on August 8th in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Led by Professor Meiqin Wu, Miss Kong and Mr. Zhong, fifteen students from the two universities conducted the survey of Low Carbon and Sustainable Development in Guangdong and Hong Kong from July 27th to August 8th. During the two-week survey, the students paid visits to local representative institutions and agencies before giving the preliminary presentation in CUHK.
This survey is conducted in Pearl River Delta region and Hong Kong by four groups on the themes of ”Ideal Low Carbon Lifestyle and Practice”, Green Economic Operator”, Urban Agricultural Manor” and "Challenges of Low-carbon Development”. Each group consists of students in SYSU and CUHK, focusing on specified theme during the two-week survey.
In Pearl River Delta region between July 27th to August 1st, the investigation group listened to the lecture about Sustainable Development of Urban Stormwater and Flood Control given by Associate Professor Kairong Lin, visited Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong, Haizhu Wetland Park, Pearl River New City, Lychee Wan Chung as well as took the tram when sightseeing in Guangzhou. Later they paid visit to Kaiping Diaolou then arrived in Zhuhai, visiting THSP Zhuhai Zone, Qiao Island Mangrove Wetland Park and Wild Beaver Island there. Later in the second phase of the survey in Hong Kong, students visited Jockey Club Museum of climate change, Mapopo Community Farm, Zero Carbon Building(ZCB), Kowloon Bay Recycling Centre, Yan Oi Tong Ecopark Plastic Resources Recycling Centre, HongKong Wetland Park, Hong Kong Museum of History and benefited a lot from the lectures given by WWF, Planning Department and Land Justice League. During the survey, members had many inspiring discussions and gained a lot, after which they are about to work cooperatively on the final written report.
Through this two-week survey with the topic of Low carbon and sustainable development in Guangdong and Hong Kong, students from both universities not only have a better understanding of the current environmental situation and low carbon development of South China, but also made themselves profoundly aware of the urgent implementation of the low carbon life concept. Meanwhile, members of the investigation group forged a deep friendship in communication, study and interaction as well as learned more about the social development and folk culture of both areas, thus strenthening further exchanges and collaborations between SYSU and CUHK and promoting harmony and common prosperity between Guangdong and Hong Kong.