Monthly Archives: March 2014

Traditional Chinese Dance and Birthday Shenanigans

I thought I would seriously regret turning 21 in a foreign country, but it actually turned out to be one of the most fun birthdays I’ve had. Check out how memorable it was, even 6,500 miles from home. Continue reading

“I Swear Snake Soup Tastes Like Chicken” And Other Hong Kong Epiphanies

Did you ever think those tales that everything tastes like chicken were false? I did too. Then I had snake soup. Guess what? It’s true! Check out this blog to see snake soup, Chinese Opera and beat boxing all in just one weekend. Continue reading

Shopping in HK: Buns, Beads and Bedazzled Scooters

Shopping in Hong Kong is an experience unlike any other. Shopping like a local in Hong Kong is even more interesting – especially when you’re obviously not a local. Follow along and see what I learned about bartering like an expert.

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Foreign Credit Cards, The Bane of My Existence

Fun fact #1: Hong Kong has a serious mold problem. Never read about that in the guidebooks? Me neither.

Fun fact #2: I’m all for security with all the things technology is allowing us to do, but sometimes it goes too far when you’re trying to make reasonable transactions in foreign countries. Read about the troubles and travails of the week. Continue reading

Guangzhou has the Best Dim Sum

Now to pick up where I left off – Part 2 of our first trip to mainland China: Guangzhou.

March 1, 2010

There was a little drama at the Guangzhou train terminal, because two of our girlfriends, Soohyun and Ilaria, didn’t get off the train at the right stop, luckily, they were able to contact us  even though normal Hong Kong SIM cards don’t work in mainland China, and get back on the returning  train just 20 minutes later. We found our hostel, which was super nice and clean and safe, without much trouble or asking people on the streets, checked in, were directed to yet another cheap and delicious restaurant a 5-minute walk from our accommodations (there was absolutely no English or pictures on that menu, but thankfully Angela and Soo knew enough to order great food for us all). We walked along a street right beside a river running through Guangzhou, which the hostel was situated on before collapsing for the night. Continue reading

Shenzhen China – It’s Like a Whole Other Country

I thought I had acclimated to China after almost two months of living in Hong Kong. Boy was I wrong. Once I arrived in Shenzhen, China, the culture shock was back on! Below is Part 1 of my 2 Part post diving into China head on.

March 2nd, 2010

The entrance to Nirvana for just $21 USD for 24 hours.

The entrance to Nirvana for just $21 USD for 24 hours.

Though all parts of the same country, Hong Kong has little in common with mainland China.  The differences were stark and stunning. After my first visit I could barely express how glad I was to be studying in Hong Kong, China and not mainland China.  I thought I had culture shock in Hong Kong; but I was going through a culture earthquake in Shenzhen and Guangzhou! Let me back up though, and start from Friday when we left for the motherland.

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