Throughout the semester, we have a few field trips scheduled. This past weekend, my history class went on an all day field trip on Saturday. The day started with the Hong Kong Museum of History where we walked through years of history. After spending the morning at the museum, we went to an Indonesian Restaurant for lunch. I can't say that I have ever tried Indonesian food before. It was interesting, lots of peanut flavors and unexpected textures.
The afternoon was where we saw what I thought was the more interesting stuff though. We went to a Buddhist Nunnery in Hong Kong. The structure is made out of wood and is filled with small ponds and gardens. Inside the nunnery there were many separate rooms, all containing statues of Buddhist figures. The entire nunnery was calm and relaxing, we were there on a Saturday, but it was not an overly crowded tourist attraction.
After the nunnery, it went from calm to chaos as we went to the busiest Taoist temple in Hong Kong. On Chinese New Year, the temple sees over 250,000 visitors! The temple was filled with people and bright colors, lanterns, and burning in-scents. People come to the temple, light in-scents and bring food as an offering. People will then kneel on the ground praying. It was pretty interesting to watch.
Aside from the field trip, Clint and I booked our tickets to Beijing last night! My parents and sisters are coming to visit (in less than 2 weeks!). I am meeting them in Beijing for a few days and then they're coming to Hong Kong to see where I'm living and studying. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MY FAMILY !!!