Tag: Hong Kong

5 Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an incredibly unique mix of Western and Eastern cultures.  Even the landscape is unreal: tall, skinny skyscrapers, both new and old, are built right into these huge and beautiful mountains.  It’s almost futuristic.  Although it’s a very small region, there is so much to do in Hong Kong that there’s no way ...

Typical Day in my Life in Hong Kong

Although my life in Hong Kong has been full of crazy adventures and lots of sightseeing, there have also been a lot of relaxing and work-dedicated days necessary for recharging and completing assignments.  I thought I’d outline one of these typical days in my life as an HKU student. I started my day by walking ...

5 Best Iconic Hong Kong Foods I’ve Tried

In one of our last send-off seminars with Drexel’s study abroad advisors, we were asked what we were most anticipating in Hong Kong.  My answer, of course, was the food!  Hong Kong is famous for having some amazing and distinct cuisine.  You will come across most of these traditional foods being sold walking down any ...

A Hong Kong Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays; I love the fall weather, the costumes, the movies, the haunted houses, and the overall spooky atmosphere.  I didn’t know if or how Halloween was celebrated in Hong Kong, as it is certainly more of a big deal in the US—we even dedicate a whole “Halloweekend” to it.  ...

Ins and Outs of the Hong Kong Transportation System

After living in Philadelphia for a few years, I’ve become pretty familiar with taking public transportation, but it’s something that I have to use every single day in Hong Kong.  HK has a notoriously sophisticated transportation system that makes every area easily accessible, and I have so many options when it comes to traveling from ...

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 ...

Mr. Wong Mondays – Our Hong Kong Tradition

One week after arriving in Hong Kong, on a Monday night, I found myself sitting around two old tables, surrounded by unfamiliar faces; a laundry basket filled with drinks was placed next to me, and a steaming hot platter of dumplings was placed in front of me.  At that moment and for the following four ...

Reading Week…or a Spontaneous Philippines Trip

When I applied to study abroad, I had never been outside North America.  In my mind, travel was a cool concept, but super stressful.  I had no idea where to even begin in terms of planning and logistics, or what problems to expect.  I wanted to take the chance in Hong Kong to visit other ...

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 ...