I completed my final exams, turned in reports. Cleaned my side of the cubicle and packed my life into a backpack. Bid farewell to dear friends I`ve made and wished professors all the best. Finally I handed in my student id-card and key card to the Halls. Holding a train ticket to Guilin, I crossed the border to China and felt empty. This was it, my exchange. 5 months goes so extremely fast.
I know I will encounter numerous questions about Hong Kong in future, what would I reply?
It is hard to name single thing that I like about Hong Kong.
Sight-wise there are far better places to visit. Hong Kong has its skyscraper skyline and unique culture, but not a single outstanding sight like Eiffel Tower or Sydney Opera House which are instantly associated to the city.
However, when I’ve told that I am studying in Hong Kong the reaction has always been utterly positive. It is the overall ambiance of the city which makes Hong Kong outstanding place. Not before travelling to Mainland China did I realize the powerful impact of colonialist era in Hong Kongs culture; the perfect combination of east and west.
The locals speak English, the public transportation is simply put, magnificent. Everything is close-by, nevertheless one will always discover something new in this city of 7 million inhabitants. It is so diverse; Mongkok with its numerous markets is very Chinese, when Soho on the other hand could be located to London or New York. In the New Territories one can witness a farmer taking care of his waterbuffaloes, this sight could easily enough be from Laos.
I feel privileged in having had to change to call Hong Kong my home for 5 months, and with a heavy heart, I leave the city behind. Farewell fragrant harbour, hopefully we will meet again.