A key part of second year for Geography students is to go on a field trip abroad. I chose the Hong Kong trip, but could have visited Barcelona, Copenhagen, Iceland, Morocco, Germany or Borneo. Not bad!
We spent the first day exploring the city, visiting a variety of places from the Garden of the Stars to Hong Kong University. We caught a tram to the top of Victoria Peak in the evening to watch the city come to life as the sun set. As you’ll see from my photo it was a bit misty!
We visited Mong Kok flower and bird market before delivering an assessed presentation about our proposed research projects. My group’s research project was investigating tourist perceptions of Hong Kong.
We began conducting our interviews with tourists. This was to collect our primary data which we will analyse and use to form the basis of our field report. In the evening we visited #occupycentral and had a mini lecture about civil disobedience and the yellow umbrella movement.
We climbed 268 steps up to the Tain Tan Buddha which was spectacular! We spent the afternoon at the Buddha and Po Lin monastery conducting more interviews with tourists. Then we headed to Kowloon to watch the light show of the cityscape at night. It was magical!
The last day of our trip was dedicated to research. My group spent the day in central Hong Kong interviewing more tourists. In the evening we all had a farewell meal at a Chinese restaurant to end the trip. The waiter was shocked when we ordered twenty spring rolls for our table. We managed to eat them all!
The field trip was a fantastic experience, I was able to explore a vibrant city whilst learning about the notions of citizenship in the company of some great people!
You can find out more about Geography field trips at Newcastle University on the fieldtrip webpages.