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Must-try desserts in China


When it comes to finding yummy sweets and desserts in China, my inner self would nod yes and say just take it because I will not find it back in the Netherlands (unless I am desperate enough to want the packaged powdered ones and make it myself). The most popular Chinese desserts actually come from Guangdong and there are many variations that can be served hot or cold. During my times in China, I made sure I visited enough dessert shops such as Hui Lau Shan, Honeymoon Desserts and others :). I have compiled my top 8 Chinese desserts since sharing is caring and you might end up liking them as much as I do ?. 1. 西米露 Xī mǐ lù...

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The real question is; why shouldn’t you learn Chinese? by Damian


Dearest Readers, Today’s article will be something different, though peculiar nonetheless! JDS invited me – a guy called Damian – to write about the process of learning Chinese. Similar to JDS, I have had the privilege to be selected for the Netherlands – Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS), meaning I spent my summer in the mesmerizing China. Since I was a small kid, I dreamt of going to China, due to its rich culture, diverse landscapes, interesting food and challenging language. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   Just two snapshots showing one of the many beautiful views and interesting sights which you can find in China All participants...

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안녕하세요 Annyeong haseyo! by Wahwah


안녕하세요 Annyeong haseyo!  As a guest blogger I am excited to share one of my beautiful experiences during my stay in Asia. So here we go… LET’S GO TO SEOUL! Many friends said I was crazy to choose to go to Korea over all those warm places in Asia during the winter. They said “It’s freezing”, “all the attractions are outside”, “it’s not beautiful in the winter”, “and it isn’t that exciting”.  It was true, it was ice cold! However, don’t underestimate how much warmth the city Seoul can bring you in a cold winter. I stayed with seven other friends in Hongdae area, which is a perfect place to stay. Streets in the evening were filled with people and lightning, which...

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The 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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