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Keith Williams, one of our Software Engineers, took a personal trip to Hong Kong. Here are a few of his takeaways:

I recently traveled to Hong Kong, China to assist my brother with physical needs as he is confined to a wheelchair. He was there to present his Ph.D. work at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

We walked 36 miles over the course of the week and saw many top tourist spots, along with having a plethora of food adventures.

Here are a few of my takeaways, if you ever get the chance to visit:

1. First of all, just being able to travel with my brother and my family is a blessing. If you would have asked me 6 years ago when he was injured if I thought by now that we would have traveled to Germany, France, Italy, Japan and China for him to present his work, I would have said you were crazy.

2. As for Hong Kong, I was very impressed by the public transportation. While Tokyo has an unbelievable train system, Hong Kong has a modest train system but a fantastic bus system. With the help of Google maps, we were able to find our way back to the hotel no matter where we were in the city by simply walking to the closest bus station.

3, There is also a great ferry system to get transport from one side of the harbour (with a ‘u’ since it has British influence) to the other. And, not only is it great transportation, it is also a tourist’s delight. The skyline in the city is phenomenal. Second to none I’ve seen. Skyscrapers enclose the harbour in a 360 degree view. It’s just unfortunate that it only takes 6 minutes to get across.

4. The food we had was interesting and amazing. We tried Sichuan, Cantonese, Japanese and Indian while we were there. The Sichuan was quite a bit different from what we know as Schezuan here. Most meals are covered in chili peppers to add fantastic spice and flavor; however, if you don’t watch carefully you can end up with a numb tongue.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. I would definitely recommend going if you have the chance.

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