The Platinum project - workshop in Hong Kong

We had an exciting workshop in Hong Kong with the students from Polytechnic University. During the first day we explored the beautiful Chinese garden of Nan Liang and got to see how the local nature feels like compared to Finland's familiar pine forests. 
Thanks to the humid and warm environment the plants were green and bright. The most distinct difference for me, was the smell.

Here are some of my favourite pictures I took:

Bridge, trees and water. Together they make a nice picture.
My favourite Bonsai tree.

Some might find small bonsai trees unnatural and trapped, but I think they are cute and all have different story hidden behind them.

Bright flowers were easy to find in the garden.

In a Finnish forest the smell is fresh and distant, but in this garden it was strong but also soothing. If you closed your eyes and ears and only smelled the garden, you could forget the huge city around you.
Old water mill had a nice atmosphere around it.

We can see the city all around the garden.

On Wednesday we arrived to Dragon's Back. It was nice hiking trail close to our hostel. The weather was quite good. It wasn't too hot and didn't rain so we were lucky. The weather forecast said there could be a typhoon but thankfully it came after we had left Hong Kong.

Before we could start our climb, we had to walk through this peaceful forest path. After the forest we climbed up and down the "Dragon's back". The view was worth all the hard work.
Forest path.

We had to open pokemon Go. ;) All Dragon's Back hiking trail's gyms were full of Dragonates. That was well done.

The view from the top of the Dragon's Back was beautiful even with the cloudy weather.

For me, the greatest part on this trip was to meet new and old friends, and to see how different our cities are. Nature is amazing where ever you go, but it's also so unique. 
Our goal is to find ways how to connect nature with virtual reality games and help people to relax that way. 
This trip expanded my view how different nature can be, and how it affects everyone in various ways.

The theme for this Workshop was Virtual reality and many of us invested it in our game concepts. I can't wait to see what we have produced by next year.

Thank you all from this amazing workshop! :)

Text & Pictures by: Eve Kyllönen