18 Nov, 2016 in Macau
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While I was visiting Hong Kong I ran into an old schoolmate who invited me to come visit her department at the University of Macau, and so I had a chance to see Macau again. Macau is a really small place, and I’ve visited a few times, and so I was wondering if there was […]

29 Oct, 2014 in Shenzhen
Dafen Artist Oil Painting Village - Shenzhen-001

Just before leaving Hong Kong I was invited to join an artist friend to revisit the surreal Dafen Artist Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen. It’s the place where you can get any painting faked for pennies. The artist friend was commissioned to do a large scale piece and the idea agreed upon with the customer […]

22 Oct, 2014 in Guangzhou
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In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 …

9 Oct, 2014 in Macau
Senado Square Macau (31)

Senado Square is small piece of Europe at the heart of Macau. I previously wrote about Saint Dominic’s Church and the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, but the area that ties these attractions together is the Senado Square, where you can walk along the alleys of what’s left of the former Portuguese colonizing […]

22 Sep, 2014 in Beijing
The Back Lakes  Beijing (26)

On my recent visit to Beijing I got to revisit the Back Lakes of Beijing during much better weather than my former visit. It was freezing cold, but clear blue skies and this time around – the lakes were frozen, turning the lakes into mirrors and adding to the very impressive effects.   …

18 Aug, 2014 in Macau
Maritime Museum and A-ma Temple  Macau (4)

One of the famous tourist attractions in Macau is the old A-Ma temple, which I visited in 2009. This year I had a chance to revisit Macau and the A-Ma temple area and added another missed attraction nearby – the Maritime Museum of Macau. It’s not exactly what I’d call a must attractions, but it […]

6 Aug, 2014 in Sanya
Sanya Yanoda Rainforest  Hainan (17)

You won’t find many rainforests in China, but there is one at the southern island/province of Hainan not too far away from Sanya – the Yanoda Rainforest. As most things go in China, especially in a Chinese tourist heaven like Sanya, this rainforest is over-commercialized and very crowded. You won’t get lost in the deep […]

4 Aug, 2014 in Beijing
Prince Kung Mansion  Beijing (29)

To supplement all the big attractions in Beijing are a number of smaller historical attractions of the local Chinese royalty that presided in the area. Dating back to mid-18th century the Prince Kung Mansion is perhaps the best preserved palace you can find in Beijing. It’s located within walking distance from the the back and […]

27 Jul, 2014 in Sanya
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If you’re looking for beaches in China, then Sanya in Hainan is probably the best you’ll be able to find. Unfortunately, it’s not up to par with other amazing beach destinations in the area (Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan-Penghu, Cambodia and even Vietnam-Nhatrang and Hong Kong-Saikung) and it’s unbelievably crowded and over commercialized. The Chinese are also […]

2 Jul, 2014 in Hainan
Haikou walk Qilou Snack Street  Hainan (18)

Hainan is the tropical getaway of China, it’s as closest you’ll get in China to nice beaches and tropical weather. Most people coming in to Hainan go straight to Sanya, to get a taste of highly commercial overly crowded beaches, but you can also go into the cheaper Haikou airport. I was’nt sure what I […]

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