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November 2, 2006 2:59 PM

My origin

Guess where am I from? I can tell you what other people guesses are: Jimmy thought I am Japanese. Some say I am Korean or Taiwanese. Some say I am mixed. Actually, I do not think it would be that difficult to guess where I am from.

I am from a small city in South East Asia, which is a very well-known city. It is very fast paced, every thing is very concentrated. The city had been an English colony for a hundred years. Students good at history may guess it right. I am from Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is small, but very cosmopolitan. There is a diversity of people in Hong Kong even though the majority of them are Chinese. There are a lot of different cuisines available in Hong Kong. Besides numerous Chinese restaurants, it has restaurants from all over the world. There are a lot of dessert stores, herbal tea stores, etc.

The temples in Hong Kong are one of the characteristics of its own culture. During Lunar New Year, people would usually wish to go and line up at the temple to get in for a better fortune for the year. Tourists from other countries usually go and visit the temples to get the sense of the cultural tradition.

In terms of competition, Hong Kong is a city that keeps every thing very updated, such as computer hardware, cell phones, fashion, and hair styles. When you go to the shopping malls, the trend of fashion, shoes, bags change every month. There are also a lot of local fashion designers showing their production of the season. The vendors of the boutiques go to different whole sale factories to shop every day! People change their cell phones every few months when a new model is available on the market. Supermarkets, grocery stores, and shops are nearly. The public transportation system is so well that you do not really need a car living in Hong Kong. You can easily get from here to there by MTR (rail train), or buses.

Education in Hong Kong is also very competitive; students need to go through a lot of public examination for high school and colleges. There are nearly 10 universities in the city, they offer variety of majors. One of my high school classmates is now studying Chinese Medicine.

For entertainment, movie theaters, Karaoke, indoors activities, beaches, and concert halls are nearly every where. Also, the new Disney Land has just opened last summer.

Hong Kong is a very beautiful city with a lot of wonderful views. There are a lot to explore in this small city. It would be a wonderful option for a study aboard program! If you like to know more about the city, feel free to come and talk with me.

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