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

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

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

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 | 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