Thursday, October 23, 2014

University of Hong Kong and Umbrella Revolution





While in Hong Kong attending the Education Conference we stayed at the University of Hong Kong.
The university is located on a hill, which means that without knowing the shortcuts and the location of elevators and escalators one keeps hiking and going up and down the stairs all the time, pretty tiring I must say.



We stayed at Robert Black College. The rooms were nice and clean, equipped with everything that one needs for a few days long stay. The breakfast was also not bad (choice of English, Chinese or waffles + a small buffet).



The problem was getting anywhere from the university as no buses go into the campus and the underground is still under construction (as many other buildings). Not many taxi drivers want to drive people into the university, so getting back to the college at night was a bit of a problem.

 

Another quite inconvenient thing about University of Hong Kong was that there were practically no restaurants or shops. The only convenience shop on campus closed at 7pm on Friday and reopened at 10am on Monday! The food in the only cafeteria that we managed to find was really horrible and ordering it was very complicated. Well ... good we didn't have to eat there often.



Just two weeks before our visit to Hong Kong the so called Umbrella Revolution started.
(You can read about it on Wiki: in English and/ i po polsku)
We could still see the barricades and groups of protesters on the streets and well as posters and equipment used by students during the protests.




Here are some photos Zosia took at the Mong Kok barricades:






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