"My Day out in Hong Kong with Shawn Mendes" by Valencia Valdez

"My Day out in Hong Kong with Shawn Mendes" by Valencia Valdez


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We asked our readers to write an essay titled "My Day out with Shawn Mendes". Here is one of the entries. It has not been edited.

Having an opportunity to take Shawn Mendes to explore Hong Kong is a dream come true. Therefore, I planned a wonderful itinerary to make the trip memorable and unforgettable.

I plan to take him to one of the best hiking trail in the New Territories East which is called the Ma On Shan Peak also known as Saddle Hill. As a Hong Kong citizen, I want to show Shawn that Hong Kong is not just any ordinary city but a peculiar city full of surprises. Although Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city, it is also a tropical paradise. Ma On Shan is one of Hong Kong's most distinctive and highest peaks, this hiking trail is very challenging, however, the rewards are panoramic and breathtaking views. From my experience, climbing the trail was exhasuting but hiking to the very end was definitely worth it because i was blown away by the spectacular view. The aroma of the forest was great and relaxing too. I hope Shawn's up for the challenge! Furthermore, this hiking trail passes through an old miner settlement at Ma On Shan Village, it was one of the biggest mine in Hong Kong but it was later abandoned as it lost its advantages to contribute to the city. Until now, the historic mining area is still filled with iron ore rocks, some are still hidden in rivers and streams. Shawn can have a knowledge on the history and culture of the area. I would also want to show Shawn how amazing the sunset in Hong Kong on top of the mountain. I heard it's very stunning. Besides, as Shawn is an extremely busy artist with packed schedules, this hiking adventure is a good opportunity for him to take his mind off his work and relax. 

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