26 May, 2014 in Haikou
Shishan Volcanic Cluster National Geopark Haikou-047

Aside from beaches and strange cultural parks (e.g. betelnut park) Hainan also has some great tropical nature to explore. Recently, the Chinese government opened up several parks across Hainan making it easy to enjoy some of Hainan’s former volcano glory. The Volcanic Cluster National Geo Park 15 minutes from Hainan is probably one of the […]

24 May, 2014 in Guangdong
Feng Jian Canal Town Shunde Guangdong-008

Just when I think I’ve seen almost everything that the Hong Kong area has to offer, something new comes up. Two hours from Hong Kong on a ferry to mainland China’s Guangdong province is an area near Foshan called Shunde. It’s a generally laid back place, but recently the Guangdong government recognized the touristic potential […]

22 May, 2014 in Beijing
Yuyuantan Park Beijing (14)

During my last visit to freezing Beijing in December, the city lakes all turned to ice, and with the rare clear blue skies the Beijing parks seemed especially nice. Yuyuantan Park is well known for its ‘cherry blossom’ with colorful trees in the spring period (March), but during my visit most of the trees …

20 May, 2014 in Amsterdam
The Heineken Experience  Amsterdam (11)

I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a beer drinker. The country in which I was raised is ranked very low on the world rankings for beer consumption, and even among my fellow countrymen I have never been a keen drinker in comparison. It took me many years to really be able […]

18 May, 2014 in HK Events
Art Basel Hong Kong 2014-024

Hong Kong has a number of large art events year around. The largest of those are the Hong Kong International Art Fair (see my visits in 2009 and 2011) and then there’s Art Basel. For some unexplained reason I managed to skip the previous Basels in town, but somehow managed to find the time to […]

16 May, 2014 in Sanya
Betelnut Park  Sanya Hainan (2)

Sanya is trying to position itself to be the Hawaii of China. Though nothing like Hawaii, it definitely has some of the nicest beaches in China, but with the masses coming in and the beaches overcrowded with people, Sanya needs more to spread out the tourists and make the most of the incoming cash. Which […]

14 May, 2014 in Northern Israel
Tel Megido Northern Israel (6)

Israel is filled with history and countless wonders of the ancient world. One of the important historical sites in northern Israel is Tel Megiddo, the place where Armageddon – the ultimate battle at the end of times – is to eventually take place. Right now, it doesn’t look like much, but as you wonder through […]

13 May, 2014 in Netherlands
Zaanse Schans Netherlands-023

When people think about the Netherlands, usually the images of picturesque windmills next to farm fields and lakes comes to mind, with wooden shoes and cheese a close second. Well, Zaanse Schans is all that and more. Windmills, check, farm fields, you got it, lakes? water all over the place. Yep, it even has cheese […]

11 May, 2014 in Northern Israel
Bahai Gardens Akko (1)

Many wonderful things to see and do in the small country of Israel, and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa are among the top of those attractions. The grandeur of the gardens built by the exclusive and mysterious Bahai religion is world famous. But, a bit lesser known and much more humble are the Bahai Gardens […]

8 May, 2014 in Beijing
National Art Museum of China Beijing (5)

Interested in arts and culture in Beijing? Quite a few things for you to see. My absolute favorite is the 798 area, but if you prefer the more organized museums and wondering around large structures with exhibition halls, then Beijing offers a number of large scale museums, arguably the best in China. In my last […]

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