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A happy ending

Hong Kong

Dearest Friends, Looking back at my semester abroad, wow, what a beautiful chapter in my life. I still remember how a bit over a year ago, when I was applying for exchange universities, I placed my top three universities all in Hong Kong. Pretty sure some people thought I was crazy (maybe I am haha), but no regrets. The reason I wanted to exchange in Hong Kong was because the city is known for its perfect West-East mix. As someone born in the Southern part of China but grown up in the West, it was a good opportunity for me to bond with my culture of origin and improve my Cantonese skills. So, when I found out that I was going to...

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CUHK: Guide to my Favourite Canteens

Daily menu at Shaw

Hi foodies! Before you start reading, make sure your belly is filled or don’t blame me for making you hungry ?. One of the things I miss the most from my exchange at CUHK is the affordable canteen food. With 30+ canteens and endless choices, I took for granted how good my life was now that I have to make my very own food everyday. Anyways, this post is dedicated to my favourite canteens and the ones I visited most frequently during my time at CUHK.   Since I lived at Shaw College, the canteen I visited the most is obviously SeeYou@Shaw. The funny thing is that local students seem to be scared of Shaw canteen due to horrifying experiences in the past....

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The good and the bad of CUHK – a compilation

University Library: Learning Garden

As my exchange period at CUHK came to an end ?? , I thought it was a good idea to look back at the best and the could-have-been-better moments. For this post, I have compiled a few of my friends’ opinions and added my own comments to offer you more insights. Four months at CUHK, here comes the best and the worst:   A.N. from Japan: “The University Library makes a good spot to hang out with friends, living in the mountain is great because of the beautiful view and there is good wifi everywhere. The bad things, if I must say, the never-coming-bus, the Cantonese world in the canteens and the steep streets (which do make your legs strong tough haha).” As crazy as it...

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The Goobne Chicken in Hong Kong


We were on a food hunting mission to find something tasty and filling before heading out to Repulse Bay for the beach, and we came across Goobne Chicken on the Openrice app (the food app in Hong Kong). The app and reviews described this place's chickens as "non-fried and healthy chicken pieces marinated with seven kinds of spices” so how could we resist tasty yet healthy food if it is here! The restaurant was pretty easy to find despite it was on the second floor. We  didn't have to circle around in the neighborhood much before we could find it as there was a giant sign stating 'GOOBNE CHICKEN' on that building. When we walked in, we took notice of the...

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Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou

North Gate of Sun Yat-Sen University

A Tier-One city in China, Guangzhou is therefore one of the most developed and affluent Chinese cities in the South. Guangzhou was a city that was not unknown to me, as I have been here several times before my exchange started at Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). I started my exchange officially on 29th of August and yet in less than three months I packed my suitcase and bid good bye to my lovely exchange university on 25th of November. Yeah, quite early right? All my classes only lasted for thirteen weeks, so there is still a lot of weeks left to travel around China before the next trimester starts ?. Lingnan Hall SYSU was founded by Sun Yat-Sen, the revolutionary founder...

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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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