Summer in HK!

Leave a comment Standard

The two months I spent in HK are utterly unforgettable! The primary purpose of my trip was for academic reasons, having been accepted to study at the University of HK, but I was able to meet so many amazing people, and do and see so much more, way beyond anything I vaguely prepared for. I didn’t really have any clear expectations or insights into how I would settle into HK life, but I quickly fell in love with the variety and diversity of sceneries, paces of life, people, foods, activities, etc., and of course the city’s undeniable aesthetic beauty. Most people I speak to describe my time abroad as an ‘adventure’. However, I never necessarily thought of my trip as an adventure, but felt a more internal sense of comfort and happiness in feeling grounded in life there.Thank you to the Go Abroad Fund for helping to facilitate this journey!

View from Kennedy Town port, a few mins from where I lived, across the water to Kowloon

View from Kennedy Town dock, a few mins from where I lived, across the water to Kowloon

Tip of the Kennedy Town skyline

Tip of the Kennedy Town skyline

Daily Mong Kok bustle

Daily Mong Kok bustle

Protest continuing through Causeway Bay shopping district, a site of occupation during the Umbrella Movement of last fall

Following the July 1st Protest through Causeway Bay shopping district, a site of occupation during the Umbrella Movement of last fall

Birdseye view of the July 1st protest, progressing through Wan Chai district

Birdseye view of the July 1st protest, progressing through Wan Chai district

“I want genuine universal suffrage” (Cantonese). The Occupy and Umbrella Movements served as the topic for a research paper I wrote at HKU

Conflict arising between Umbrella Movement supporters, in support of an HKU Student Union and Faculty led protest, and arriving pro-government supporters

Conflict arising between Umbrella Movement supporters, in support of an HKU Student Union and Faculty led protest, and arriving pro-government supporters

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Cheung Chau Isl. fishing village, famous among tourists and locals alike for its seafood

Cheung Chau Isl. fishing village, famous among tourists and locals alike for its seafood

Ferries coming and going from Lamma Island to HK Island

Ferries coming and going from Lamma Island to HK Island

HK Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), in front of the infamous Peninsula Hotel, reminiscent of British colonial architecture

HK Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), in front of the infamous Peninsula Hotel, reminiscent of British colonial architecture

Plum blossoms, seen at the HK Museum of Art

Plum blossoms painting, seen at the HK Museum of Art

View from inside the HK Museum of Art in TST across from the Central district on HK Island

View from inside the HK Museum of Art in TST across from the Central district on HK Island

Small pier to the side of Repulse Bay Beach

Small pier to the side of Repulse Bay Beach

View of shipping boats from the western coast of HK Island

View of shipping boats from the western coast of HK Island

Meeting extended relatives

Meeting extended relatives for a 90th birthday celebration

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s