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2 anecdotes about Hong Kong

Posted By roxanne liu (liu), Saturday, 14 October 2017

Being a 2017 Hinrich Foundation Scholar, I was experienced ups and downs, excitement and confusion, culture shocks and happiness in my Hong Kong life. My perception of Hong Kong has changed a lot during my one-month stay and I absolutely love that I am able to understand Hong Kong and its people more and more. However, there are some misconceptions and I would like to dispel the myths.

1. Is the transportation really convenient?

Hong Kong has a highly developed and sophisticated transport network, encompassing both public and private transport including trains, buses, trams, ferries and minibuses.

Nevertheless, I felt totally uncomfortable about the minibuses. I studied in Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong. Minibuses are widely used when we get to subway station. In general, the Minibus seating capacity is 16 and destination are displayed on the front window. The English characters are sometimes very small and hard to spot/read when the Minibus is passing by. If a passenger would like to get off, he or she needs to indicate this one to the driver which can be for a non-Cantonese speaker quite difficult. There are no bells are buttons to be pushed (only a very small number of vehicles are equipped with this) and passenger usually need to shout to get off. Some rides can be quite rough due to the high speed and/ or the limited leg room.

2. Are there only skyscrapers and many people in Hong Kong?

Right and… wrong. Yes, the congestion and overcrowding are highly visible in Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui.

However, Hong Kong also consists of more than 230 small and big islands and is home to beautiful beaches and jungly hiking paths.

Theses photos were taken by my friend in Cheung Chau island.

I just love the contrast, one minute you are in the middle of shopping malls, an exhaustive dining scene, high and modern buildings, crowded places and noisy streets and a 30 mins ferry ride later you hear birds and have your feet in water and look over an empty white beach.

 

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Posted Saturday, 14 October 2017
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