Category: Hong Kong

Progress Report on Learning Mandarin

As the semester at HKU reaches the halfway point and our midterms wrap up, I thought it’d be an apt time to give a progress report on learning a second language. Throughout middle school and high school, I learned Spanish; however, living on the East Coast in a predominantly white town gave me almost no ...

Experiencing Culture Shock in Hong Kong

Studying abroad in a country that’s literally across the world is, as expected, an adjustment.  Coming to Hong Kong, I knew that there would be certain aspects of life that would be difficult to navigate; however, there is definitely a big difference in mentally preparing yourself for a life-changing trip and then actually experiencing it! ...

My First Holiday in Hong Kong

On Monday 9/5, the beginning of my first full week of classes, I was more motivated than ever.  I was going to find all my classrooms easily, attend all my lectures on time, and throw myself into my schoolwork.  However, at the end of my very first class, the professor gave an unexpected farewell: “See ...

Hiking Adventures in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known for its hikes because there are very tall hills and peaks with amazing views. The two hikes I have been on while in Hong Kong are Victoria Peak and Sunset Peak. Victoria Peak is a well-known peak for tourists because it is the highest hill on Hong Kong Island. There are ...

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park is one of the most well-known amusement parks in Hong Kong. My friends and I took the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) from our dorm halls to Ocean Park, where the trains stopped in front of the park. We decided to go on a weekday because it is very crowded, and this is a ...

Stand-up Paddle Boarding For The First Time

Over the weekend, my friend and I wanted to stand up paddle boarding for the first time in Hong Kong. I was skeptical about doing it because we did not know how to swim, but we did not want that to hold us back. After doing extensive research on different beaches that have to stand ...

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Halloween in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Halloween celebration is quite big and eventful for the locals. This past Halloween weekend was the most I have seen the streets become crowded. After speaking with most of my local friends, I learned that people do not trick or treat here. Locals do not trick or treat because the city is densely ...

Cheung Chau Island

This past weekend, my friends and I have traveled to a different island called Cheung Chau. We had to take the train to the pier and take a ferry to the island. When we first arrived off the boat, there were many small shops and bikes. The island is tiny that locals are not driving ...

Typhoon in Hong Kong

There was a typhoon in Hong Kong this past weekend. I have never experienced a typhoon because I have grown up in Philadelphia. Hong Kong has many islands and is in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is more open to receiving a tropical cyclone. A typhoon is a weather phenomenon where clouds are rotating, and ...

Hong Kong University Residential Halls

Hong Kong University has many student halls and residential colleges. There are three different villages with different dorm halls. I am living in Jockey Club Student Village III, which is a residential college. A residential college is a living space for students from a university who also participates in community activities. There are four other ...