One of the things that originally attracted me to Hong Kong was the stark contrast between city and nature. Despite having more skyscrapers than any other city in the world, Hong Kong is also surrounded by beautiful mountains that offer some of the most incredible city views I have ever seen. This hike, in particular, was my favourite one of all.
Margaret Carson - The University of Hong Kong, China
In Korea, you never know what you’re going to see when you turn a corner or look down a side street. One afternoon in July, I went with a group of friends to experience a piece of Buddhist life and culture at Myogaksa Temple, located on a mountain in the middle of downtown Seoul. The beautiful architecture and colours of the temple contrasted the skyscrapers visible on the horizon.
Rebecca Helena Whitford, Korea University, South Korea
Coming from Ontario where there is a significant lack of mountains, living near the French Alps was completely surreal. Hiking up (climbing, really) a mountain is an experience in itself. Having a near out-of-body experience from the intense ascent leads you wondering why you thought hiking through the rain at 7 in the morning was your idea of "fun". Then, the view comes. The sun shimmers through the mist over the mountains, making it otherworldly.
Dominie McGruer, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 – France