22 Aug, 2014 in Singapore
China Town  Singapore (39)

Not many people know this about me, but China Town in Singapore is where it all began. After traveling around Asia and Australia for quite some time I made my way back through Singapore and that was the first time I encountered a Chinese majority culture with a vibrant lively China Town. Sure, I’ve seen […]

21 Aug, 2014 in HK Places
Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail  Fanling Hong Kong (2)

When people think of the history of Hong Kong they usually don’t think much further than mid 19th century, but the heritage trails in Hong Kong will take you back in time as far as the 13th century. The first heritage trail I visited was the Ping Shan Heritage trail in the western part of […]

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 […]

16 Aug, 2014 in Osaka
Osaka Castle Japan (23)

After a 4 hour night flight with Peach, the relatively new budget airline flying between Hong Kong and Osaka, I had the whole morning to explore before checking in to my hotel to nap back my night, and I decided that my first attraction in the Osaka-Kyoto area would be the Osaka Castle. Definitely one […]

14 Aug, 2014 in Singapore
Haw Par Mansion - Singapore (2)

The strangest attraction I’ve been to in Singapore is probably Haw Par Mansion, a trip into kitsch and bad taste once intended as an amusement park introducing the wonders to Chinese mythology and Confucianism. It’s way past its glory days, and I visited it was completely deserted. The few Singaporeans I talked to and mentioned […]

10 Aug, 2014 in Tel Aviv - Yaffo
Da Vinci Alive Exhibition Tel Aviv-044

On my last visit to Israel I was invited to go see the Da Vinci Alive Exhibition in the Tel Aviv exhibition center. This is a world traveling show highlighting some of Da Vinci’s famous work and building working models based on his theoretical work. An exceptionally interesting exhibition about one of the old world’s […]

9 Aug, 2014 in Nara
Isuien & Yoshikien Japanese Gardens Nara (2)

Apart from world-class temples and imperial mansions, the wonderful deer-infested Nara Park in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara has a number of wonderful little Japanese gardens. While I was visiting the Japanese tourist bureau was trying to promote those gardens by offering free admission to non-locals and though I saw plenty of Japanese gardens […]

8 Aug, 2014 in Southern Israel
Tel Arad  Southern Israel (3)

Located between the dead sea and Beer Sheva, close to the desert city of Arad, is Tel Arad, an ancient city dating back to the Early Bronze Age around 5000 years ago. Surprisingly, there are quite a few things to see that are left from the city’s history, one of the largest cities in the […]

7 Aug, 2014 in San Francisco
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Hyde Street Pier San Francisco (16)

Lots to see and do along the gorgeous San Francisco waterfronts. Different piers offering various attractions. There are sea lions and tourist shopping in Pier 39, there’s an old second world war battle ship and a funky old game machines museum in Pier 45 but further off to the west towards the Golden Bridge is […]

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 […]

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