Disneyland, Hong Kong Style

We were Disney Dynamite, dashing from ride to ride, whipping past the poor, bewildered fellow park-goers (who were just not on our level). We blew through each land and managed to hit every single ride and show that Hong Kong Disney had to offer, plus a few repeats along the way. Is there an award for a Disney Dream Team? Because if so, we definitely earned it.

Pre-Readjustment Blues: Last Day in Hong Kong

Tomorrow morning I board my last flight out of Hong Kong. I just spoke to the office that runs our flats to inform them of my imminent departure. They instructed me to put my key in an envelope and drop it in the mailbox on my way out. So that’s that, then. Tests taken, papers submitted,…

Pineapple Mountain – The Only Arid Place in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is undeniably beautifully tropical and lush – this we have discussed ad nauseam. Everywhere you look you will see brilliant green palm trees, dangling vines, and bright cerulean sea. You don’t come here looking for red rock formations and scrubby trees, and yet when we ventured out to the New Territories on a…

Hike Hong Kong: Scaling the Dragon’s Back

Dragon’s Back, a portion of the much-celebrated Hong Kong Trail, has been on our radar for months. I’m pretty sure I had this hike written on my “To Do in HK” list back in January, back when the idea of us living in Asia was just a far-off fantasy. We had planned to do this hike…

Big Buddhas and Bigger Spiders on Lantau Island

The Tian Tan Buddha (colloquially known as the Big Buddha) is “the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha” – and yes, that is indeed a lot of qualifiers. It is not the world’s largest Buddha. Not by a long shot. Yet, looming 112 feet above the misty mountains of Lantau Island, the Big Buddha is inarguably…

Hong Kong Haircut: A Hair-Raising Journey

You really do learn things about yourself when you travel. I, for instance, after two weeks of turning half-hour errands into five-hour odysseys with beginnings, middles, and ends, rising and falling action sequences, motifs, themes, and symbols, am learning that I need to seriously hone my planning skills. Take my experience of trying to get…

Hike Hong Kong: Victoria Peak

The magic of Hong Kong is the true marriage of urban jungle and actual jungle throughout the entire region. It is the fourth most densely populated city in the world, and yet 40% of the land is lushly green preserved park, perfect for serene hiking. Along with being an icon of Hong Kong, Victoria Peak is…

Beach Day in Hong Kong! Paradise Found at Repulse Bay

In my few years on and moving around this planet, I have found that there comes a turning point when you go someplace new, and I always think of this turning point as the First Good Day. It’s not that every day before it was Bad, or that every day after will be smooth sailing, but it is…

Wandering The Night Market: Temple Street, HK

Welcome to day five in Hong Kong. Today we made our way to campus early, determined to make it in time for the New Student Inauguration Ceremony, our first official HKU event. As the pro navigators we have come to be, we made it to the correct building with almost 40 minutes to spare. And…

Adjustment Blues: Three Days in Hong Kong

We’re walking through a bustling Hong Kong MTR station, newly minted Octopus cards clutched in anxious fingers as people push past and all around us. After a day of miles of trekking attempting to check off tasks from our to-do list, noses in maps, said maps covered in sweat drips from said noses, we are now…