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

Shanghai | EGG

China´s boomtown is rich in street and gourmet cuisine and offerings are overwhelming. But when it comes to a Western style healthy breakfast in particular, choices are way more limited if you are not looking for a hotel buffet or coffee chain sandwich to start the day with. EGG is an airy fresh eatery located not too far away from the Shanghai Exhibition Center and serves homemade avocado toast variations, sweet and hearty bowls as well as cold brew coffees and freshly made lemonades. Continue reading

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

Hong Kong | 14 Sightseeing Highlights for First Timers

One of Asia´s most fascinating cities and exciting every single time, Hong Kong. Join me on some of my favourite excursions and visit a selection of my personal sightseeing hotspots which will make your stay definitely a most memorable one. Experience a megalopolis, that is so much more than skyscrapers and shopping. 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