On our third day in Hong Kong, Tom and I met my college study abroad roommate Rita for a trek up to the New Territories to visit our alma mater, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (I would return there after college to study for my master’s degree.)
We began our self-guided tour at Chung Chi College, which sits at the foot of the mountain on which CUHK is situated. To me it’s the most scenic college on campus.
The lily pond has been expanded since I graduated in 1996.
But the pagoda has been there since I first arrived at CUHK in 1990.
While we waited for the university bus up to take us to the top of the campus, we saw a Hakka woman who helped keep the grounds clean and beautiful.
We strolled around New Asia College on top of the mountain. It’s dotted with bamboo groves.
Next we visited United College, where I lived that undergraduate year and attended most of my graduate classes. This is the dorm where Rita and I lived some 22 years ago.
My grad school department is still located in this building. When I studied here, most of the buildings were walk-ups. Now they all have elevators.
We entered the third floor and briefly looked around.
Next we made our way down to the central part of the campus, where we would meet with the great folks of the Alumni Affairs Office for a dim sum lunch.
And what a bountiful lunch it was. Back during my years in Hong Kong, I ate many a lunch and dinner at the same staff canteen where we enjoyed dim sum that day. While the campus seems more crowded now with many new buildings, it’s nice to return to familiar territory.
For dinner that evening, we headed back to Hong Kong Island to meet up with six amazing friends, including Rita, at the uber-cool Tsui Wah on Des Voeux Road.
And then I somehow ended up behind the Cathay ticket counter at Central’s Airport Express terminal.
Never a dull moment in Hong Kong, eh?