14 Mar, 2014 in Austin
Capitol building Austin Texas (2)

Possibly one of the most photogenic capitol buildings I’ve visited in the United States is based in Austin Texas. I was visiting in town for a conference (SPSP2014) and caught some gorgeous cold sunny weather that made for some spectacular snapshots of this special building.       …

13 Mar, 2014 in Kamakura
Engakuji Temple Kamakura Japan (30)

One of the largest Zen Buddhist temples in Japan and situated in a gorgeous forested area in the lovely Kamakura, a day trip from Tokyo, is the Engaku-ji Temple. The temple dates back to the 13th century and is a gorgeous example of Japanese Zen tranquil atmosphere. Even though I failed to visit during the […]

12 Mar, 2014 in Los Angeles
LosAngeles tin hau temple (8)

Los Angeles has a large China Town, so naturally I had to pay my respects to my cultural heritage. It’s a pretty solid typical China Town, with your average Chinese restaurant and old Chinese people sitting in small rooms playing Mahjhong while listening to squeaking Chinese opera tunes, but if you’re looking for something a […]

10 Mar, 2014 in San Francisco
Stanford Campus  California (24)

On my recent visit to a conference in the states I flew through San Francisco and so decided to stop in for a few days and visit the local universities. The San Francisco area has some of the world’s best universities, with the University of California branches (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, etc.), the California state […]

9 Mar, 2014 in Beijing
Tianning Temple Tower  Beijing (3)

A couple of blocks south from the White Cloud Temple in Beijing is the Tainning Temple which is most famous for its huge 12th century pagoda, which at the time would have enabled visitors to see very far away into Beijing and the imperial city. Unlike White Cloud, this is a very quiet and humble […]

5 Mar, 2014 in Los Angeles
The Getty Center - Los Angeles - California (1)

Your first stop in Los Angeles should be The Getty Center. Either for grand views of Los Angeles from above, world-class architecture or an impressive collection of art, the Getty Center is one of the most impressive places I visited recently. It’s free (15US$ per car for parking), and if you’re a patron of the […]

27 Feb, 2014 in Beijing
Baiyun Guan White Cloud Temple  Beijing (1)

Lots of religious worship sites around Beijing. I previously visited a Confucian temple and a large Buddhist temple next to it – Yonghegong. While Cloud Temple is a good example of a Daoist temple in Beijing. Dating back to the 8th century Tang dynasty. Daoism was promoted as the Tangs extended influence in an attempt […]

25 Feb, 2014 in HK Places
Design in Motion  Hong Kong Design Institute HK (3)

The Hong Kong Design Institute is one of the most interesting buildings I’ve seen in Hong Kong, and just next to my apartment complex at Tiu Keng Leng at the Tseun Kwan O area in eastern Hong Kong. It’s devoted to art and design and the only time I visited was to sit down in […]

23 Feb, 2014 in HK Places
Tin Hau & Lin Fa Kung Temples  Tai Hang Hong Kong (5)

Down in the back alleys of Tai Hang area near Tin Hau MTR station are a few temples, dedicated to some of the most popular Gods in Hong Kong. Tin Hau needs no introduction, definitely – by far – the most well known Goddess in this region. This temple dates back very early to the […]

16 Feb, 2014 in Shenzhen
He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen (10)

Shenzhen is trying hard to push for more art with dedicated art zones throughout the city. OCT Loft Contemporary Art Terminal is one fine example. But that’s relatively new, prior to that, not too far away also in the Overseas Chinese Town area  is the He Xiangning Art Museum. I didn’t expect much, so I […]

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