chapter  5
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Leisure in an Urban Environment – A Perspective of University Students

WithShan Yang, Honggen Xiao, Chau Yeung Tse

Hong Kong has been commonly acknowledged as one of the world’s leading financial centers. At the same time, it is also rated as one of the most stressful places in the world, according to a clinical psychological report recently released by the University of Hong Kong (Messing, 2009). The pace of life in this metropolis is so fast that its residents often feel rushed and exhausted. The role of leisure in achieving work-life balance has been important and central to both intellectual discussions and policy practices (Leisure and Cultural Services Department, 2008). Leisure has become critical to individuals’ sense of self, in increasing quality of life and in improving psychological well-being of the urban residents. According to Kleiber and Kirshnit (1991), leisure is essential in the sense of human development because it provides opportunities for the promotion of new skills and the formation of social relationships and new identities. Also, leisure is a key domain in the quality of life of an individual as it maintains one’s life in equilibrium through promoting pleasure to counterbalance stress.