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

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 | 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 | 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

Hong Kong | Wall Art Scouting in Sheung Wan

While personally I got very, very tired of those boring and overflowing instagram selfies in front of painted walls around the world, it is not the paintings that annoy me, but more the mainstream individuals posing in front of them. As a world metropolis, Hong Kong, of course, features many photogenic hotspots for wannabe influencers, so during this layover I headed out towards Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island. But instead of promoting myself, it was more important to me to draw the attention to the artwork itself. And it proved once again, that a graffiti does not need a person in front or have to be huge to leave an impression or to add to the surroundings. 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

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

Duesseldorf | Urdenbacher Kaempe – Nature Reserve in the South

With the last six months being physically and mentally a complete up and down and me commuting back and forth between Munich and Duesseldorf in between flights, it was no wonder that my mind and body were both running on low energy levels. Experiencing your father slowly fading away takes up all the strength of the most powerful person, this I can assure you. So thank god, Nature was not too far away to refuel and let my thoughts wander freely… 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