Fragrant Hills | Recreational Escape from Beijing City

Fragrant Hills or Xiangshan Park is a public park and former imperial garden at the foot of the Western Hills in the Haidian District, about an hour Northwest by public transportation from downtown Beijing. It covers 160 ha and consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics. The name derives from the park’s highest peak, Xianglu Feng (Incense Burner Peak), and it is a popular recreational spot for locals and visitors to enjoy panoramic views and hiking. Continue reading

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

Hong Kong | Wednesday Nights at the Race Track

Looking for a social event for Wednesday nights but without having to line up at a club? Try out the Happy Valley Race Night delivering not only the thrill of horse racing and betting, but at the same time one of the biggest parties for locals, expats and visitors in the open air. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Yuet Tung China Works – Souvenirs that Last

We all know the debacle of trying to find that perfect souvenir that will embody all those beautiful memories we associate with a certain trip without buying another fun hat, plastic statue or magnet for the fridge. So for my recent trip to Hong Kong, I thought it would be an excellent idea to visit one of the city´s last hand-painted ceramics stores. And guess what? I returned with more than one piece … 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

Los Angeles | Chinatown & Little Tokyo

Haven´t been to Los Angeles for over a year and with no agenda this time, I spontaneously decided to do a low-key layover and explore the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. And I found two exciting and colorful areas just off downtown L.A. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Hung Hom – An East Kowloon Jewel

It was one of the most anticipated crew hotel changes in history: The move from our luxurious retreat in Wan Chai to the rather quiet and off-the-beat East Kowloon location called Hung Hom, far off the hustle and bustle and nightlife of Hong Kong Island. A lot of my colleagues literally fell into deep depression after the announcement, but for someone like me, who had always been on the hunt for daylight activities rather than partying the night away, the change came as a welcoming transformation. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Free Skyscraper Views – My 4 Favorites

When you are looking for a classic viewing platform without having to dress up for one of the many famous fancy rooftop bars and restaurants, one would think that a city like Hong Kong (that literally consists of skyscrapers) has quite a selection on offer. But wrong thought. The supreme skyline view comes predominantly at high cost for a drink or a meal. But not everywhere… Continue reading

Hong Kong | My Top 7 Temples

Wherever it is for spiritual reasons or simply the beauty of the decoration, I love to explore the temples of Hong Kong. Some are particularly impressive and big, others small but with an extraordinary atmosphere inside. Get to know my personal favorites in Asia´s World City. Continue reading