Hong Kong | Eight Personal Hot Spots for Architecture, Culture and Photography

There is one thing I get to learn every single time I return to Hong Kong: It never gets boring! Even though this layover was shattered with rain and wind, I found myself scouting for beautiful Urban Decay architecture in North Point and Causeway Bay, wandered underneath the shiny red lanterns of luxury shopping mile Lee Tung Avenue, took a peek at the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai Market and finally found peace and quiet at Pak Tai Temple. 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

Hong Kong | Wong Tai Sin Temple – Where Wishes come True

Located just one metro station ahead of the beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery, Wong Tai Sin temple is one of Hong Kong´s most famous Taoist shrines and a highly popular tourist destination, easy to reach by the green line at Wong Tai Sin station. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Park Escape in Kowloon

Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps. So it can be quite a good idea to know a few retreat spaces from all the stress and hustle and bustle of one of the world´s most dynamic urban spaces. And the good thing: You will not have to leave the city borders. Continue reading

Shanghai | Culture Clash

I have been longtime in clinch with the Chinese mega city. Too big, too crowded, too artificial. Shanghai was my synonym for a typical modern China civilization that would extinct each historic part to make room for new, faceless and interchangeable skyscrapers. In other words, I felt that the city had no soul, no origin. So I was glad to discover during my last trip, that there still are relics of those original neighborhoods (hutongs) which I fell in love with in Beijing already. Continue reading

San Francisco | AAM – Asian Art Museum

Another place in San Francisco that is not only a pleasure to visit in terms of Beaux Art architecture is the Asian Art Museum, just across the street from City Hall. Over 2,000 collectibles from all the major cultures of Asia take you on a magical journey through history, lifestyle and arts of each individual heritage. And until 4 February 2018, dive into extraordinary Korean fashion inspiration in the special exhibition “Couture Korea”. Continue reading

Lufthansa | First Class – A Heavenly Ride

Flying is one of my greatest passions. And who could know that my latest intercontinental journey from Beijing to Munich took place in the Champions League of travel classes: First Class. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Building Porn, Ghosts & Hong Kong History

Being hot and humid during Typhoon season, I was looking for a mixture of out- and indoor activities during my latest trip to Asia´s world city. And found myself searching for the coolest Chinese cemetery, one of the most photographed buildings in the whole world and a trip back in time through Hong Kong´s varied history. Continue reading

Hong Kong | High Tea at the Ritz-Carlton

It is a costly thing to do, but looking down from the 102nd floor onto the one-of-a-kind Victoria Harbor with the mighty skyline of Hong Kong spreading to your feet while enjoying fine pâtisserie and a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne makes you feel like you are king of the world. Continue reading