A post on social media platform Xiaohongshu claims that tourists can stay overnight at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and use some campus facilities for free.

The post on the Chinese app says that visitors can spend the night at the Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building and Learning Garden, which are 24-hour study spaces meant for the university’s students.

The post included mentions of campus facilities in these spaces that visitors can use, which have power outlets, charging points and free WiFi, as well as a shower facility on the ground floor of the Science Centre.

A screenshot explaining the CUHK facilities that overnight visitors to the campus can use (© Xiaohongshu)

However, CUHK authorities refuted these claims, stating that visitors are only allowed on the campus from 9am-9pm, and must present identification documents before they enter.

The university issued a statement in response to the post: “Some newspapers have quoted false rumours on the Internet, pointing out that some Chinese University campus facilities can provide tourists with free overnight stay. CUHK hereby clarifies that the rumours and reports do not match the facts.

Since a few years ago, CUHK has implemented campus access management and security measures. Visitors entering the campus must present their identity documents (such as Hong Kong ID card or passport) for registration and explain the purpose of their visit to the campus.”

The university also threatened police action against visitors who enter the premises without authorisation.

CUHK has several 24-hour study facilities, but they can be accessed with a CU Link Card given to only staff and students.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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