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Nothing beats experiencing things for yourself

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 July, 2007, 12:00am

I agree with the Chinese saying that 'Walking 10,000 miles is better than reading 10,000 books'. Knowledge from books is limited. For instance, we can learn about government structure from a book, but not how people feel about it.


It is much better to experience things ourselves, especially travel. Visiting amazing places like the Great Wall or the Grand Canyon is a wonderful experience that you cannot get from reading a book. You can feel the breeze, smell the flowers,touch the rocks and have a whole lot of unforgettable experiences.


I like books, but they cannot replace actually being somewhere.


YIP MING-TAK


SKH Lam Ka Mow Secondary School


Thanks for your letter, Ming-tak. The world is a big, exciting place with so much to see and do, and there's nothing like experiencing things for yourself.


While I love reading and believe you can learn and grow through books, when you meet new people face to face and have to deal with situations you are not familiar with, it is thrilling and character building.


But, if you don't have the opportunity to travel this summer, check out the Young Post's Armchair Traveller series every Tuesday. We look at a different city each week and what makes that place so special.


Victoria, Assistant Editor


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