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

San Francisco | Alamo Square Spring Picnic

Even though it is one of San Francisco´s most frequented Tourist destinations, Alamo Square with its world-famous Victorian mansions is definitely one of my favorite spots to head to on a sunny day. Continue reading

Mexico City | A little bit of History repeating – National Museum of Anthropology

Mexico is one of these colorful countries that bursts in history wherever you lay foot on. A visit to the impressive Museo Nacional de Antropología, nestled beautifully into the green lung of the city, Chapultepec Park, is a wonderful way to explore the country´s rich heritage presented in world-class architecture. And the best, admission is completely free on weekends! 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

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

Hong Kong | From Fishes, Flowers and Birds – A Day on the Mongkok Markets

A place where I find the soul of Hong Kong most evident is on one of the historic markets. Join me on a tour through the Northern borders of the Mongkok district in Kowloon and explore the true nature of Chinese trademan´s culture. Continue reading

Lake Ammer | Cruise Control on a Paddle Wheeler

Taking a full-day excursion to one of the many lakes surrounding Munich is a relaxing and fun thing to do during the Summer months, especially if you can sit back on one of the many steamboats while enjoying the marvelous views from the lake (check out this post about a tour of Lake Starnberg). And it is even more fun if you can experience it on an old-style paddle wheeler. Continue reading

Munich | Südfriedhof – A Silent Witness of History

Munich is a fab place to visit and to discover and I feel absolutely blessed to live in Germany´s most beautiful city. Wherever you are coming for a weekend trip or longer, there is so much culture and lifestyle awaiting to be explored, that two days are far too less if you are aiming to see it all. Like many more recommendations listed in my Munich section, today, I would like to introduce you to one of my personal favorites: Südfriedhof. Continue reading