Category: Hong Kong University (HKU)

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The Cambodian Experience

The bus arrives at Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We are not going to stay here long; we only have a day to look around. We decide to spend that day sightseeing. Some of us want to visit the night market while others want to visit the Cambodian genocide museum. After visiting the Vietnam ...

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A day in Ho Chi Minh

Walking in the streets of Ho Chi Minh in the morning is quite the surreal experience. Motorbikes are everywhere around you. There are by far more motorbikes than there are cars on the streets. The more you start to pay attention at the people around you, the more you can understand certain cultural trends. I ...

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Exotic Experiences

Koh Rong is an island…an exotic island. It is located east of Cambodia and is quite a destination for tourists. It is an hour’s boat ride from Sihanoukville. There is not much to see there apart from experiencing the comfort and splendor of the natural beauty. The sea is crystal clear and there are coconut ...

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Macau continued…

Our tour guide Mario took as to many different places in Macau. First, we went to see the Venetian casino-hotel. If the name sounds familiar it is because the exact same casino exists in Las Vegas under the same owner. The casino is known for the fact that it contains an exact replica of Venice ...

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Sai Kung Hike

This week a group of friends and I decided to go hiking at one of Hong Kong’s national parks called Sai Kung. We had it all planned out. We would take the subway to the furthest MTR subway station, then take a bus for an hour, and finally arrive at the destination at which we ...

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Off to Macau

My parents visited me this week, and so we all decided to go to a little family trip on Saturday. Our destination? Macau. Macau is another specially administrated region in China, just like Hong Kong. But Macau is different in the sense that it was a Portuguese colony for nearly 500 years. From the early ...

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Good Morning Vietnam

Every year, HKU students have what is called a reading week in the middle of October. Even though students are supposed to be “reading” or doing something academically related, for most people this is the ideal time to travel around! So, being a typical exchange student, I decided to go on a week-long trip to ...

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Kowloon Travels

Hong Kong island is at the heart of Hong Kong. Yet, if you want to feel the soul of Hong Kong, then Kowloon is the place to go. Kowloon could be simply described as traditional. It has a certain vibe that is perhaps more reminiscent of mainland China. You will find much less tourists there ...

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Reaching for the Top!

The exchange student community at HKU is quite large! There are a lot of students studying in British universities, as well as many other European students. So far, I have also seen quite a lot of American students, especially ones from the West coast. As a result, for the first couple of weeks I have ...

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Testing the Water

Hong Kong is surrounded by water. For that reason, I was not that surprised when I started to see how many beaches Hong Kong has. Not only does Hong Kong have many different types of beaches, but also many of these beaches are very beautiful. One of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong island ...