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A tale of two cities

Posted By Lizzy HE, Friday, 13 October 2017
Updated: Friday, 13 October 2017

A tale of two cities


Hong Kong & my hometown - Hangzhou

By Lizzy


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My hometown is a city located in east edge of China. This is a place famous for the beautiful scene and romantic stories. Nowadays it is also know as the chinese E-commercial center because this is where Alibaba group and Taobao were founded. It is a place quite different from where I am living now – Hong Kong. 


This is the city where I used to live. It is a place embraced by water and flowers. People there live in a slow-pace lifestyle usually.

First time in Hong Kong
I was shocked to see so many skyscrapers. I like the modern style of Hong Kong.   


Food in HZ vs Food in HK

Left side are the dishes of Hangzhou, we like light or sweet taste. Fish, shrimp are the common ingredients for dinner. Right side are the food from HK, HK food are delicate and very much health-oriented. Dim sum and desserts are the important part of local food.

Night in HZ & Night in HK

In the night, my hometown becomes very quiet. Some people will go to Westlake and just sit on the couch there tor relaxing. Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps. The whole city is still vigorous even in the night.

Weather in HZ & weather in HK

My hometown is very cold in winter, the temperature is nearly 0 Celsius. Sometimes it snows. However, Hong Kong is much warm relatively. Recently, it is autumn in Hangzhou but I still feel like summer here.


Hangzhou is a slow city, people will choose cycle for go sightseeing whole day yet Hong Kong is a productive and efficient place where people are always moving quickly.

Even though it is the first time I actually started living in a different city by myself, I am enjoying it. There are many diffcult things to overcome indeed, but it is a chance for me to become more independent and professional. More importantly, I have already made many good friends here!

Besides the differences, these two cities have some similarity too. In Hangzhou everyone uses Alipay as a convenient payment method, just as here people have octopus card. The metro in Hangzhou is cooperatively building with HK MTR company, the whole operation system in Hangzhou is the same as in HK. Although sometimes I do feel homesick :D, I really appreciate this chance to be here and grateful for what I have now. Hong Kong is an amazing place. Here, I can do something or meet somebody that I never thought I have chance to do so.  This is just a start, I am looking forward to experience more in HK!

All the photos were taken by the Author. 


Tags:  cities  Hangzhou  Hong Kong 

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