It’s been a while again, so how are you all doing? As for me, I have been good – my time has been spent on getting lost, exploring Asia, catching colds and meeting deadlines haha. Since today marks exactly three months (I still can’t believe it) that I have been in Hong Kong, I decided it is time I sit down and write something about the university I have spent the last three months at. It is kind of super late but hey – better late than never right? ?
I still remember very clearly the first thing that went through my mind when I arrived at CUHK: this university is huge! I will surely get lost haha. And you know what? I was very right, because in the first month I was walking in circles and arrived late to my classes. It took me a while to figure out where everything was, how the bus system works and etcetera. To be honest, I still get lost sometimes but that is how I learn new shortcuts. Most people I know found their way around campus after a week or two, but I am clearly an outlier ??. Getting from Yasumoto to the Humanities Building in 15 minutes was and always will be a challenge – I hope I am not the only one haha. (In case you are wondering, I only have 15 minutes in between classes on Mondays so I always feel like I am running from a shark trying to eat me at the start of the week ?.)
If you enjoy nature, then you will love it here– just imagine hills, lots of greens, and the presence of rocks here and there. The scenery can be very different depending on the location you are at but if I can only use one word to describe it, then I must say it’s B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.
The campus is like a small town – there is everything. Besides a very large number of academic buildings and dorms, there are 7 libraries, 33 canteens (yes 33!) and 2 sports fields with running tracks. Also, there is a swimming pool, a bank, a supermarket, a bookstore and a barbershop in case you need a haircut. Well you get it right? The campus is really really big.
Now you must be wondering how to go around as a student. Basically, there are two options: you either take the bus or you go by foot. It can be very confusing and tiring to walk around campus sometimes due to the enormous size, so most of the time I take the bus. I highly recommend downloading the CUHK App: it is especially handy for when you get lost because you can locate yourself on the campus map and find your way again. The bus schedule is also available through the app. Perhaps a useful tip: try to learn to estimate the time the bus takes from place A to B. You save a lot of waiting time once you master the art of assessing the route time – especially on Sundays when there is only one bus line going around ?.
As I mentioned before, it can be very demanding sometimes to walk around campus but it is really not too bad if you know the shortcuts. In fact, I really enjoy walking around campus when the weather is nice because of the gorgeous view, and the elevators are real life-savers. For those living far up-hill, you should definitely ask someone about these shortcuts if you don’t know them yet! You never know, but you might end up missing the last bus (which happened to me a few weeks ago) and I am sure you don’t want to spend over half an hour walking before arriving to your bed at that time. Of course, you can also opt for a taxi to take you back to your dorm but then you will miss out on the gorgeous night landscape.
PS: Would you rather spent 30HKD for a taxi or would you prefer a half hour walk while enjoying this night scenery? (This looks a thousand times better in real life, seriously)
Hope to talk to you soon! -XX