Goodbye Hong Kong, Hello Taiwan!

After a jam-packed schedule of cultural, social and professional events in Hong Kong, our Chazen study tour group has moved on to Taiwan. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s do a recap of all the ground we covered in beautiful and exciting Hong Kong:

Some of us arrived to Hong Kong a day or two early. For those of us that did, our fabulous organizers (and other CBS friends) showed us a fun night on the town. We kicked off the pre-tour with a little bar-hopping in Lan Kwai Fong (LKF). One of my favorites by far and away was a hidden gem called ‘The Woods’. Unique drink specials coupled with a modern, albeit somewhat funky, decor gave the place its charm.

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Before grabbing drinks at this awesome local spot, we ran into something a little close to home…

NY

I for one did a double take… are we back in New York?!

The next day, a few more of us arrived and decided to go hiking on the well-known Dragon’s Back trail. Following are some of the breathtaking views from this trek. Who knew we would stumble upon a beautiful beach in the middle of this hike?! Certainly not me, but it was a pleasant surprise to say the least.

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Later that day, the official tour commenced with a private boat tour on the Aqua Luna around Victoria Harbor. The wind coming off of the water was a tad chilly (note Alvaro’s warm, fuzzy blanket in the shot below), but the water and views were outstanding.

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After a fun ride on the boat, we all gathered to watch the Symphony of Lights at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, followed by dinner at W1 Restaurant. The display of some of the local dishes was exquisite. Note: you are NOT supposed to actually eat the head of the chicken!

Chicken

After dinner, we ended the night with some more bar-hopping at LKF. What a first day! After rehashing, I’m exhausted, so you’ll have to wait until next time for the rest of the recap on all the fun-filled events that took place in Hong Kong. Off to Sunnyhills Pineapple Farms!

Lauren Harmon CBS ’16

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