Greetings from Hong Kong!

Nǐ hǎo! I am writing this from a little café in Hong Kong’s Central district—it’s been a whirlwind of sorts since I moved here in late January, but I’m finally starting to feel settled. I hope to do a better job of blogging regularly so that I can share all the highs and lows of the study abroad life with you readers.

Since the semester began, I’ve had the chance to attend various Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations, learn some basic Cantonese, discover some life-changing dim sum restaurants, and I recently traveled with friends to Taiwan for the Lantern Festival in Pingxi (see photos below). Next on the docket is a trip to Bangkok, Thailand!

I plan to cover certain aspects of study abroad like classes and travel in more detail, but if there’s anything that you’re particularly curious about, comment and let me know! I’m happy to answer any questions about Hong Kong or study abroad in general. I’ll be in touch 🙂

P.S. Congratulations, Class of 2021! You did it!

Sights from the Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong.

Me and a fellow Illini taking in the city lights at Victoria Harbor.

The best dim sum I’ve ever had at a place called Din Tai Fung—the average wait is around 100 minutes!

Me at the Pingxi Lantern Festival in Taiwan.

New Years decorations at a temple in Taipei.

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