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Symposium on ‘Rethinking Rural-Urban Integration in the Context of Planetary Sustainability’

31 March to 4 April 2024, Hong Kong and Guangxi, By Invitation Only

Symposium Theme

​In recent years, rural revitalisation has emerged as a critical priority to address the challenges faced by rural communities worldwide. Recognising the interdependence between rural and urban areas, there is a growing need for shared resources, knowledge exchange, and coordinated planning to create synergies that support rural revitalisation and contribute to the growth and resilience of urban areas. This symposium will explore the potential of rural-urban integration and symbiosis by highlighting successful case studies, advancing theoretical understanding and identifying best practices for fostering sustainable development. Through engaging discussions and expert insights, we aim to uncover practical solutions that can enhance collaboration, promote innovation, and unlock the transformative power of a symbiotic relationship between rural and urban environments.


  • Urban Systems Institute, The University of Hong Kong

  • School of Public Policy and Management, Guangxi University 

Symposium Chairs

  • Prof Shenjing He, The University of Hong Kong 

  • Prof Hualou Long, Guangxi University

Symposium Schedule

Day 1 - Sunday, 31 March

Daytime, Site visit to Kuk Po, Hong Kong

Evening, Symposium dinner, Hong Kong


Day 2 - Monday, 1 April

Morning, Symposium (Half-day) at The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Afternoon, Travel to Nanning, Guangxi by high-speed rail

Day 3 - Tuesday, 2 April

Morning, Symposium (Half-day) at Guangxi University, Nanning, Guangxi

Afternoon, Travel to Guilin, Guangxi


Day 4 - Wednesday, 3 April
All-day, Site visit to rice terraces in Longsheng County, Guilin, Guangxi

Day 5 - Thursday, 4 April

Free Time

Detailed Schedule

Day 1 - Sunday, 31 March

Site Visit Schedule

Time (HKT)
Gather at HKU Main Campus (Knowles Building-LG2 Platform) and depart for Luk Keng
Arrive at Luk Keng, and proceed to Kuk Po by hiking
Arrive at Kuk Po
Prof. Wang Wei Jen's talk: Kuk Po Architecture, Landscape, and Community (Visit the 'Kuk Po Common' Exhibition:
SIEW Lab's Yan Chau Tong Villages Project: An Introduction by Weihang Gong (
Hike back to Luk Keng
Bus back to HKU (with stops at Jade Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui -
Arrive at KB-LG2
Conference Dinner

Day 2 - Monday, 1 April

Hong Kong Symposium Schedule (with Luggage)

Venue: KB829, 8/F Knowles Building, HKU

Chair: Prof Jin Zhu

Time (HKT)
Welcoming Speech
Prof Shenjing He & Prof Junxi Qian
Talk 1: Countryside Conservation - Creating Sustainable Rural-Urban Synergy
Mr Desmond Wu
Talk 2: Rural industrial restructuring: Case studies in Guangxi, China
Prof Hualou Long
Talk 3: Integrated Rural-Urban Development in China: From Dichotomy to Harmony
Prof Bo-sin Tang & Prof Siu Wai Ivy Wong
Talk 4: Reflections on the Transformation of Urban-Rural Relations and approaches towards 2035 goals of Rural Modernization in China
Prof Jinlong Liu
Talk 5: How does the rural revitalization strategy enhance the rural resilience in China: a case study of Wushi village
Prof Hao Gu

Travel to Nanning

Time (HKT)
14F, KKL, Building
Travel to West Kowloon Station by Shuttle Bus
Travel to Nanning by High-speed Railway
West Kowloon Station

Day 3 - Tuesday, 2 April

Guangxi Symposium Schedule 

Venue: School of Public Policy and Management, Guangxi University

Chair: Prof Hualou Long

Time (HKT)
Opening Ceremony
Host: Prof Yungui Shi
Room 203
Welcoming Speech
School leaders
Room 203
Representative Speech
Prof Hualou Long
Room 203
All members - Group Photo
Room 203
Keynote Speech
Host: Prof Hualou Long
Room 203
Talk 1: Global Vilages with Chinese Characteristics: Globalisation and Local Development in Rural China
Prof Michael Woods
Room 203
Talk 2: Unpacking the multifaceted rurality of Hong Kong’s countryside: A social representation approach
Prof Shenjing He
Room 203
Room 203
Talk 3: Rural development or the development of Rural Studies?  Cultivating and harvesting geographies of opportunity
Prof Darren Smith
Room 203
Talk 4: Linking local to global: Rural regime shift in the knowledge economy
Prof Yuheng Li
Room 203
Roundtable Discussion
Room 415
Afternoon (Around 6 hrs)
Travel to the Guesthouse in Longsheng, Guangxi
Evening (After 20:00)
Dinner in the Guesthouse (山中已千年民宿)

Day 4 - Wednesday, 3 April

Guangxi Fieldtrip Schedule

Sites: (1) Longsheng County; (2) Downtown Guilin, Guangxi

Time (HKT)
Site visit at Longji Terraced Fields
Afternoon - Plan 1
Travel to Downtown Guilin from Longji (2 hours), and Check-in
(if heavy rain in Longji)
Symposium dinner in Guilin (around 18:00)
Afternoon - Plan 2
Symposium dinner in a local restaurant of Longji (about 17:30)
(if light/no rain in Longji)
Travel to Downtown Guilin, and Check-in (after 20:00)
End of symposium

(in alphabetical order)

Prof Hao Gu  

Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, Hunan University

Prof Shenjing He  

Professor and Head, Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU; Executive Deputy Director, Urban Systems Institute, HKU

Prof Yanfeng Jiang

Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Guangxi University

Prof Yuheng Li  

Associate Professor, the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof Yurui Li

Deputy Director and Professor, Department of Agricultural Geography and Rural Development, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof Jinlong Liu  

Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University of China

Prof Yongqiang Liu

Associate Professor of Human Geography, Ningbo University

Prof Hualou Long  

Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Guangxi University

Prof Junxi Qian  

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU; Cluster Leader (Urban-Rural Systems), Urban Systems Institute, HKU 

Prof Yungui Shi

Professor and Head, School of Public Policy and Managment, Guangxi University

Prof Darren Smith  

Professor of Geography, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University

Prof Bo-sin Tang  

Honorary Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

Prof Siu Wai Ivy Wong  

Associate Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, PolyU

Prof Michael Woods  

Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK

Mr Desmond Wu  

Principal Assistant Secretary (Nature Conservation), Environment and Ecology Bureau

Prof Yingnan Zhang

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University

Prof Jin Zhu  

Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate and Construction and Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

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