A group of young Hong Kong scholars visited Beijing and Shandong recently to gain a better understanding of developments in China. The visitors are members of the Sir Edward Youde Scholars Association, a body formed by the recipients of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Scholarship. This was the group's third visit to China, having been on previous study trips to Beijing and Shanghai in 1993 and 1995 respectively. In 1994, they went on a study tour to Taiwan. On their first day in Beijing, the group was treated to a banquet hosted by Zhao Bingxin, Director of the Social and Cultural Department of the Hong Kong and Macau Office. Mr Zhao chatted with the young guests on a wide range of topics, including progress in promoting the Basic Law and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on the mainland. He also explained the future role to be played by the Hong Kong and Macau Office when the territory returns to Chinese rule. As on the previous visits, the itinerary included both formal meetings and informal gatherings. There were visits to the Tsingtao Brewery Company, where the well-known Tsingtao beer is manufactured; to the Haier Group, one of the top consumer electronics producers in China; to Qingdao's Social Welfare Unit, which takes care of the disadvantaged in society; and to the Ocean University of Qingdao, where the visitors met mainland students and had discussions with them. By organising such study tours, the members are able to work towards the association's objectives of 'solidarity, social awareness, and scholarship'. With its membership spanning a wide range of professions, the group is better able to fulfil its goals of contributing to society.