September 3, 2013
by Hayeon Shim

Hi everyone,
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in China for 2 months now. I’ve been doing more travelling on weekends. Two weekends ago, I retreated to Moganshan with a group of some old friends and some new friends. Moganshan is about 3 hours outside of Shanghai by bus. It was created by a group of foreigners looking for an escape from the heat of Shanghai summers in the early 1900’s. It’s a major bamboo area with lush bamboo forests on its slopes and surrounding areas. We arrived late at night so when I woke up to see bamboo forests stretched across far beyond, I was pleasantly surprised. We did nothing more than enjoy great food prepared by its staff, lounged around while looking out to spectacular views of the nature and hiking. Needless to say, it was a great relaxing weekend.

The following weekend, I went to Hong Kong with a friend. While Hong Kong is a part of China, it is one of the two special administrative regions meaning it has a different political system from mainland China. Much of Hong Kong reminded me of a mix of San Francisco and New York City — expansive skyline, deep natural harbor. We stayed on Hong Kong Island and didn’t make our way across the water to the mainland side as we didn’t feel it was necessary with our limited time in Hong Kong. We left the hotel with no destination in mind but stumbled upon many galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Every building was a site to see and there was no such thing as a wrong turn. We had the best dimsum and also one of the best sushi I’ve yet to have. I hope to be back again.

Until next time, Hayeon