My name is Chris Chan (陳家桐). I started The Hong Kong Project in the spring of 2012, as a blog intended to reflect my experiences as an exchange student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. At the time, I was a junior (third-year student) at Rutgers University, studying chemistry and English; I graduated a year after I returned from my international studies. Currently I’m pursuing graduate studies in English at the University of Pennsylvania.

It’s been over a year since I wrote my last post, and I don’t intend on adding anything new to the Project. You’re more than welcome to peruse it, though, and feel free to leave a comment on anything that strikes your fancy. You can also check out “The Map” to see the many places I explored.

If you read through enough of the Project, you’ll likely get a sense of how excited I was – and in many ways still am – about being an exchange student in Hong Kong. It’s the kind of experience that may fade over time, but never really leaves you. This Project was one way of trying to keep those memories alive for as long as possible, and to share them with as broad an audience as possible. Use it as you see fit.

For more information on HKUST, you can visit

And finally, please do check out Jordan and Melody’s account of their HK experiences, as well as Nigel’s blog on his adventures in Hong Kong. You’ll see their names pop up frequently throughout these posts, so be sure to read up on their thoughts and adventures as well!

Thank you for reading!