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The Chinese University of Hong Kong – a short introduction

Hi lovelies,   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?...

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The seized opportunity at Netherlands — Asia Honours Summer School

Reasons | Aspirations | Diversity Everyone probably aspires for something, and so did I when I applied for the Netherlands — Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). I was born and raised in the West and due to various personal and legal cases, I was unable to explore the culture and beauty of my parents’ motherland. My parents are from China which is fortunately also the main destination of NAHSS — as two of its destinations were in China with the other two in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its programme offered an opportunity for me to gain knowledge about the Chinese culture and practices through actual experience, so I thought it was an opportunity I had to seize. I was fortunate to...

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A rollercoaster beginning

About two months ago, I packed my luggage and was ready to start my journey to the East. But who would have thought the beginning of this trip would turn out to be a tricky one? So, an overbooked flight led me to depart a few hours later than planned, and instead of flying directly to Hong Kong, my original plan, I had to lay-over in Shanghai ?. The oh-so-happy-and-excited me at the beginning slowly transformed into an exhausted panda, especially because there was a delay in Shanghai too. Wanna know what’s funnier? At the airport they told me that my checked-in luggage could not be located??. I thought my bad luck with transportation was only relevant in the Netherlands, but it turns...

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The spiciest and cutest city of China (1/2) by Liyen

Hi everyone! My name is Liyen — a Dutch foodie with Asian roots, and just like the peeps of OnlyGoodThings I love to eat, explore, photograph and especially to write. So when I was offered the opportunity for a guest post, I didn’t think twice for the answer “yes”. This post will feature Chengdu — the spiciest and cutest city of China. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan’s province as well as one of the largest cities situated in Southwest China, and if you ever burned your throat in China, then you probably had a delicious Sichuan dish. At the other end of hot and spicy is soft and cuteness, and this is represented by Chengdu’s Giant Panda Base. When...

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Three Days in Hangzhou

The capital of Zhejiang province, and the city in which the G20 summit of 2016 took place is no other than Hangzhou. Despite that it wasn’t crowded at all during the weeks before the G20 took place, the government evidently had spent lots of efforts decorating the city with LED light strips hanging on the trees and such. Later on, we heard from others that the reason for why the city was quite empty the weeks before the G20 was because the government wanted to ensure a perfect G20 so they ordered the inhabitants to have a holiday while also giving them coupons to travel around the Zhejiang province. That’s why we were quite astonished by how little the traffic...

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“The world is a book — if you don’t travel, you only read one page” by Sebastian

Hello! My name is Sebastian and as a friend of JDS, I’ll be writing one daring post about the Avatar Mountains! They are nicknamed after the most expensive movie ever, Avatar, which was shot here in 2009. You know, the 3-hour movie with the blue people and stuff. I have never seen something comparable to these mountains, and even though I haven’t seen every corner of the globe yet, I can assure anyone that this landscape is a one-of-a-kind. Let me start with how we got to this otherworldly must-see. After a few times practicing, we could finally pronounce the location of the famous Avatar Mountains: Zhangjiajie [dzjang-dja-dje]. We just emerged from the beautiful rice fields of Guilin, and took the...

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Guilin’s hidden beauty (1/3)

It did not matter who we asked or how many, there were always two destinations that were continuously recommended by friends, family, and even strangers. One of them is Guilin, while the other one is Zhangjiajie also known as the Avatar Mountains, and stay tuned for this one, cause it will be featured by one daring guest writer. #gallery-1 {margin: auto;}#gallery-1 .gallery-item {float: left;margin-top: 10px;text-align: center;width: 33%;}#gallery-1 img {border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;}#gallery-1 .gallery-caption {margin-left: 0;}/* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   On the day of departure, we woke up early in the morning, and realised that taking the metro would implicate missing the train from Guangzhou to Guilin. So the only option left was taking a taxi, but it was...

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Poké? Yes Please!

If you are here because you thought this would be a Pokémon story, I am sorry ?. But, hey, don’t be too disappointed yet, because we are talking about healthy, delicious and affordable food this time!! It’s been a while since we discussed food matters on the channel, but the last few weeks have been pretty hectic… Hint: posts about Barcelona, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and more are coming up very very soon ?? ?? Last month, Poké Bowl has opened its store in Rotterdam at the Hoogstraat and since then I have visited three times. Ever heard of Poké? Yup look at that picture down here, that is a poké bowl. It was not until recently that I heard about this concept. My opinion? Whoever invented...

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A spontaneous trip to Fragrant Hills – Xiangshan Park

(see cover for gate) In Beijing I tended to let fate decide my adventures, leading to a stance with minimal planning while  looking forward to the unexpected. And one day I got an invite from my roommate Jens to join his Honours team on a trip to the Fragrant Hills of Beijing — I didn’t know the team nor the destination but I thought: “why not, and why not say more yes in life than no?” In contrast to my roommate who was ready to rumble, I had 10 minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, and put some decent clothes to embark on this adventure. After rushing everything and meeting the team, it became clear that one of their teammates...

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