“Dahinsiechen” (or, First Impressions of Hong Kong)

Apparently, this word in German is the “perfect” title for this blog post. Unfortunately, it is “indescribable in English” because “German is a funny language.”

So, I will go right into this post on tropical plants and the general verdancy of Hong Kong. To give you a general idea, most of the plants here I recognize from the Colby Greenhouse. Although not native, “Sansevieria trifasciata” (better known as the Snake Plant), “Sansevieria cylindrica” (cylindrical snake plants), and several types of philodendrons are some of the many plants that grow wild on the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s campus.

Located in the New Territories of Hong Kong, CUHK is situated on a VERY hilly 137.3 hectares with water on two sides. Consistent with the overall climate of Hong Kong, humidity and temperature are stifling this time of year, but the monsoons have mostly subsided (this is foreshadowing for my next post). Hong Kong is classified as sub-tropical, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. CUHK makes great use of its excellent growing climate, with multiple landscaped gardens (including a Traditional Chinese Medicine garden!) and well maintained greenery overall (see first photo).

Hong Kong itself is also quite green, with large mangrove trees and ferns growing in every direction (see second photo). There are two large botanical gardens in Hong Kong, which I look forward to exploring as the semester goes on.