Hello from Hong Kong!
I am currently completing my final semester of studies in Business/Law at CityU! The semester began in August and it has been such an adventure! CityU is unique, in that it allows study across multiple disciplines. I am studying law subjects, a subject in Asian studies, and one in business. If available to you, I recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.
CityU is located in Kowloon Tong. The wider Kowloon area of Hong Kong is where a large number of residents live. I love CityU’s location. There are many historical and cultural sites nearby such as the Chi Lin Nunnery and Kowloon Walled City. You can also experience the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong in the Kowloon area in places such as Prince Edward, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui (also affectionately known as simply “TST”). You can arrive in these places in about 20 minutes by the metro, which run every few minutes.
I am currently really lucky, and living on campus. Dorm life is colourful at CityU, and each hall residence has a different culture. There are activities running throughout the semester that you can join, such as in sport. For the Moon Festival in Hong Kong, all the halls had a booth to share a cultural aspect or experience – this spanned across different parts of the world! There were dance performances, henna, DIY mooncake and lanterns, and various games.
The clubs/societies life is also very rich at CityU. I think I have seen a club for just about everything! You will be spoilt with choice here.
Is Hong Kong the right fit for me?
Answer: Yes. It’s for everyone, because it has something to offer for all interests. Let me explain below:
I chose Hong Kong for a number of reasons. This included re-connecting with, and deepening my understanding with my Chinese culture. In addition to the historical and cultural sites I mentioned above, and a part from the option of partying in Hong Kong’s (in)famous Lan Kwai Fong, there are many beautiful hiking trails and islands for you to explore. Recently, I ventured to Lamma Island, and Sai Kung which both have stunning views of Hong Kong’s ocean and mountains. Closer to the city, Stanley is another beautiful area to spend the day to visit the markets and enjoy the natural scenery. Delicious food. Need I say more to convince you to come to Hong Kong? I have found that there are many choices, even for me as a vegetarian. Vegan dim sum is amazing here – I haven’t found this to be available at home yet so I have been eating it (almost) religiously. There is also really delicious Indian and Nepalese food here. Hong Kong is a really diverse city so there are many food options. I highly recommend the app Open Rice – you can search for restaurant reviews by suburb and based on categories (eg cafe, vegetarian etc.).
I feel that I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg of what Hong Kong has to offer – there is so much to see and do – it is truly a wonderful city that I cannot recommend enough.
– Tiffany Lau (11417894)
Bachelor of Business/Laws
City University, Hong Kong