798 Art District | Made in China reimagined

Also referred to as Dashanzi Art District, this transformed former military factory has become the beating heart of Arts and Culture in China´s capital. From local artists to beautifully appointed craft stores, museums and galleries, Factory 798 is equally impressive in sightseeing and as a unique shopping experience! And, I had one of the best cappuccino ever there… Continue reading

Beijing | NUO Hotel

When it comes to hotel design, elegant simplicity plays a major role in today´s upscale accommodation industry. With laying a major focus on local touches and culture. China is a rising star on the global luxury hotel chain market as I recently found out when spending two nights at the elegant and refined NUO Hotel Beijing …. Continue reading

Beijing | Temple of Heaven – A Taoist Jewel

Created by the same Emperor responsible for the erection of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven is a beautiful example of Chinese Taoist temple architecture and not only worth visiting when shopping at the nearby Pearl Market. Continue reading

Beijing | Summer Palace

While most people coming to China´s capital leave the city with a visit to the Forbidden City only, I recently found out that missing out on the beautiful Summer Palace a bit outside of the downtown borders could be best described as a sightseeing deficit. Even if you happen to go on one of China´s biggest public holidays with ten thousands of other keen visitors… Continue reading

Frankfurt | From A380 and City Sights

Having started out on the “Queen of the Skies” back in 1998, 2018 would become my next chapter in superjumbo air travel. Twenty years after my first on-duty flight on a Boeing B747-200 (which retired in 2001), I received the chance of my lifetime to join the Airbus A380 group after the company had announced the relocation of five of the 14 mega planes to my home base Munich from March 2018 on. Of course, I didn´t need much time to think this over…

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Beijing | The Central Business District – CBD

Beijing and I, that is a love stories that definitely took a while to develop. Yet in these days, it definitely is one of my favorite Asian destinations to fly to. Admittedly, it has not the freshest air and can be therefore a quite hazardous environment to travel to, but as much as China´s uncontrolled Economical explosion during the last decades and the natural consequences that resulted out of this may have affected the air quality, as much is the city a great example of what the government tries to do to minimize these effects. And so it might sound strange to you, but I would call Beijing one of the greenest cities in the world. Continue reading

Beijing | Sightseeing Supreme in a Day

Everyone who plans to visit the “Northern Capital” wants to see two things: The Forbidden City and the Great Wall. And you are right! Should this be your one and only time to Beijing, that is absolutely what you should do. And the best: You can even visit them both in one day! I did this over a decade ago and it was a great experience if a little exhausting. But should you be interested to see a little bit more of the city itself and visit a few places that not so many tourists get to go to, let me take you on an excursion that will open a more traditional and authentic Beijing to you. Continue reading

Beijing | Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant

It has been rated within the top ten best Peking Duck restaurants for many times by various food critics, was named the best Chinese cooking style restaurant in Beijing in 2014 by The Beijinger and is also listed in Patricia Schultz´s well-known bestseller “1,000 Places to See before you die“. In other words, a place that I definitely needed to pay visit to. Continue reading

Beijing | Lost Paradise Southeast Asian Restaurant

Right in the beautiful Hutong area around the famous Bell and Drum towers and just 15 minutes south of Gulou Metro station (Line 2) lies this romantically set up little hideaway for delicious Southeast Asian cuisine. Continue reading