Foreign holidays are a good way to open the mind and refresh the spirit

Photos by Vicky Tsang, Jennifer Leung & Loretta Ng

Text by Moira Lau & Loretta Ng

Wanderlust is a deep desire for travel. There are many causes of wanderlust: the Chinese people, for example, believe that “travelling ten thousand miles is more profitable than reading ten thousand books”.

Meanwhile, in Western people’s eyes, all work and no play makes “Jack a dull boy.”

Summer holidays are good time for long-distance travel, and Hong Kong tertiary students are well-known for their venturesome excursions overseas. Travelling does not only mean broadening one’s own horizons, but also correcting some general misconceptions imposed by others. This year, several Varsity staffers decided to share their experiences travelling to places in northern Asia, mainly Xinjiang, Datong, and Harbin in China, as well as Japan.

In the photos, one can see that China is actually a country combining various foreign cultures with her own. Despite great leaps in modern technology, Japanese people pay great respects to their own traditions.

Right: Yungang Grottoes in Datong, Shanxi Province,

are among the three greatest ancient Buddist cave

groups in China. The grottoes, consisting of more

than 51,000 statues of various sizes, were carved

and painted with a mixed form of Chinese

and Indian art during the Northern Wei period

(A.D.460-494) over 1,500 years ago.