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Chris Leung
 

Chris is a recent graduate of the ecology and evolutionary biology department of Princeton University, USA. Passionate about nature conservation and backpacking, he traveled to six different continents for academic pursuits and exploratory experience, spending three months in Kenya studying savanna ecology and another four months in Queensland, Australia learning about the continent’s native fauna. He believes that traveling is the most effective way of re-establishing one’s relationship with the natural, cultural and social world. He was one of the top three finalists for the Park Ranger position in Australia’s Best Jobs in the World campaign and currently writes a weekly column for Skypost HK.




Tanning on Perth's sand

... I chose one of the closest beaches, Cottesloe. It was only about 30 minutes from downtown by train. After getting off, we needed to walk another 15 minutes before hitting the shore, but it was all worth it. Everything was hypersaturated in its right color. The ocean was sapphire, the sand was glisteningly white and the grass further in was lush. It was a Saturday, so the number of visitors was supposed to be higher than normal...  read more 



Impromptu Trip to Nepal 1 

...The three most popular activities for tourists in Nepal are trekking, safari trips and religious architecture admiration. On the second day of my stay in Nepal, I immediately started the first. We took a seven-hour bus ride from Kathmandu, the capital of the country, to Pokhara, the town closest to the starting point of our trek to Poonhill, and another two-hour ride to the actual starting point...  read more 



Impromptu Trip to Nepal 2 

...If mountain trekking is a natural experience, sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley must be a cultural one. A large number of ancient temples, Buddha towers and a whole range of other religious constructions built from hundreds of years ago are concentrated in a few neighborhoods that are 30 – 60 minutes from each other...  read more 




WeeSeeKeeWees (We see Kiwis!) 

New Zealand is one of the last sizeable landmasses to be discovered by humans. For this exact reason, its natural beauty is exceptional. Being in NZ feels like being in perfect harmony with nature almost all the time. Mountains, coastlines, grasslands, lakes, volcanoes, you name it, they have it on this little island in the southern hemisphere...   read more 




WeeSeeKeeWees (We see Kiwis!) 2 

...Queenstown is a small, chilled town with a sparse population. There are probably no more than 10 streets in the area where most things take place. Despite the fact that it is so well-known among tourists as the most exciting place to be in New Zealand, its relaxing vibe is almost always preserved. Casually looking out from the lakeside, you’ll see the super calming blue lake right in front, the evergreen trees carpeting the hills on the side...  read more 



WeeSeeFeeGee! (We see Fiji!) 

The first time I heard of Fiji was when I watched The Truman Show in high school, in which the story was based in Fiji. The absurdity of the story, as well as the fact that the only product associated with the place was clean water (Fiji water), always made me wonder what the country of islands actually looked like. Fortunately enough, I got the chance to take a short glimpse of it when I was studying abroad in Australia...  read more 



WeeSeeFeeGee 2 

Going island exploring is the most popular tourist activity in Nadi. On the third day in Nadi, however, my friend and I decided to opt for something a little different - going up the mountains for some rural experience. We went to a rural village about one and a half-hour drive from downtown Nadi. There, we met the twenty-year-old son of the village's chief, who would obviously succeed his father's position soon in the future...  read more 



PERUse It All (1)

...My sole purpose of going to Peru was to hike up to Machu Picchu. I mean, whose isn’t? To do that, my friend and I stayed in a hostel in Cuzco, the closest town to the legendary architectural heritage up in the mountains. Cuzco itself, though, is also pretty high in elevation. Because of that even though it was already late December, which should be the beginning of summer time for the southern hemisphere, the air was still quite chilly...  read more 


PERUse It All (2)

...All of us in the group were excited to see what the infamous Inca Trail had to offer, as well as to hear about the interesting stories of everybody in the group. It took us by surprise though, that the first historical remains-looking construction appeared within the first 15 minutes of the walk. It was a group of curvy brick walls with no tops arranged in a semi-orderly fashion on the other side of the gorge...  read more 



PERUse It All (3)

...It would start off with some gentle slopes, then to the steepest climb of the hike to the highest point of Inca Trail. After that, we would walk down the hill again and camp somewhere by a river. In preparation for that, some people in the group began to take out the cocoa leaves they had bought on the first day of the hike to chew, which according to the mountain guide’s advice, could relieve the symptoms associated with altitude sickness...  read more 



PERUse It All (4) 

Here came the third day of hike on Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The weather improved a little bit and we didn’t get rained on as much. The visibility was still very low, though. Most of the archeological sites, despite their large sizes, could not be seen until we were very up close – but yes, we saw a lot of archeological sites that day. All the sites were named in Quechua, the native language of the Inca people...  read more 



Kenya’ Feel It? (1): The Last Glimpse of Civilization

It is not easy to blog, especially when what you’re planning to blog about happened over a year ago. But fear not, rust did not grow on my splendid memories of the 90 days and nights I spent on the vast Kenyan savanna. Starting right here, let’s take the ride to one of the wildest, most natural parts of the world, Africa...   read more 


 

Kenya’ Feel It? (2): First Night by the River

The first thing that greeted us in Mpala Wildlife Conservancy was the gigantic buffalo skull on top of the welcome sign at the entrance. It was more exhilarating than frightening. After over twenty hours of transit from America and six painful hours of sitting in a poorly-ventilated car, we were finally here – the wild side of Kenya...   read more 




Kenya’ Feel It? (3): Impala, Giraffe and a Weird Plant

We woke up at 6:30am. It was probably the earliest I had ever woken up in the morning without the obnoxious ring of an alarm clock. The air was very crisp, very unlike what I would expect tropical air to be. Apart from the pleasant birdsongs from the treetops, the morning was for the most part very calming, but deep inside we were all extremely restless because we knew in just a few hours, we would be driving across the savanna, spotting animals...    read more 
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