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Planning your elective - China and Hong Kong

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0306199
  1. Mark Wilson, author of The Medic's Guide to Work and Electives around the World1
  1. 1University College Hospital, London

Mark Wilson gives you some advice on planning an elective in China and Hong Kong


Well known for being the most populated country in the world, with an ancient heritage and a great culinary tradition, China can be a great place to do your elective. China is a huge country with mountains bordering the north (the Tien Shan Mountains) and south west (the Tibetan plateau). Two thirds of China's vast population (1.3 billion in total) lives in the low lying eastern region of the country. Ninety three per cent of the population are Han Chinese. Of the remaining 92 million, many are of minorities such as the Tibetans, Mongolians, and Muslim Uygurs. They inhabit disputed border areas. These small groups do not face the one-child policy that the Han Chinese do as otherwise they would soon become extinct. …

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