4 Feb, 2014 in Beijing
Xishiku Church of the Saviour Cathedral  Beijing (5)

To my surprise, Beijing has a bit of a religious diversity. I wasn’t expecting to find anything other than Daoist, Buddhist or Confucian temples, but it turns out the colonial powers have managed to infiltrate in and somehow survive communism. Xishiku Cathedral, or Church of the Saviour, is the largest of the churches, dating back […]

1 Feb, 2014 in Beijing
Tsinghua University Campus Beijing (2)

A few months back I made a quick stop over in Beijing to visit one of the famous local universities – Tsinghua University. Luckily for me, one of my former classmates is now faculty at the business school and so I got a personal tour of the campus and the various buildings. Tsinghua is …

31 Jan, 2014 in Shenzhen
Chiwan Tin Hau Temple - Shenzhen (11)

Want more history in Shenzhen? You got it. Considered one of the biggest and nicest Tian Hou temples in China, Shenzhen has a large complex in the Nanshan area. It dates back to the 15th (!) century and has sixteen buildings of worship. Combining this with the nearby Chiwan Left Fort you realize that Shenzhen […]

30 Jan, 2014 in Shenzhen
Chiwan Left Fort - Shenzhen (16)

Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing areas in the world. During the post-Mao era reforms (1980) Shenzhen was declared as a special economic zone where the awaking dragon was to test all economic reforms. From a rural town on the border with Hong Kong Shenzhen turned into a monstrous city of almost 11 million […]

29 Jan, 2014 in Kamakura
Hasedera Temple - Kamakura - Japan (1)

Wrapping up my temple tour in Kamakura was a charming little temple with a lot of history, odd worshiping caves and some fantastic views of the Kamakura Hase beach-side. Actually, if you were to have to choose one temple in Kamakura I would say – make it this one. You will not be disappointed. …

28 Jan, 2014 in Kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine  Kamakora Japan (15)

Kamakora, a daytrip away from Tokyo, is a magical town filled with temples and shrines. Of all the shrines in the city the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is said to be the most important Shinto shrine, dating back to the 11th century. This temple kicked off my day of temple exploration. If you’re only in the […]

27 Jan, 2014 in Macau
Kun Lam Temple Macau (19)

A bit off the beaten track for the casino hungry Macau tourist and not as well known as A-Ma temple is the very old Kun Iam Temple dating back to the 17th (some say 14th) century before the Portuguese took hold of Macau. It’s dedicated to the venerate Kun Iam, the Chinese god of mercy, […]

22 Jan, 2014 in Tokyo
2121 Design museum Rippongi Tokyo (25)

One of the nicest discoveries of my recent visit to Tokyo was realizing that Tokyo is filled with culture and arts. In the Rippongi area there are a number of world-class art museums, with top notch exhibitions with some of the finest arts and design in the world. My day wondering around Rippongi and visiting […]

21 Jan, 2014 in Macau
Taipa Old Houses Macau (13)

Macau’s one of the fastest growing places in the region, all the money coming in to Macau through gambling and other dubious side-businesses and that has really boosted things up. Many of the new shiny casinos and hotels are on the Taipa island, off the main Macau downtown, and most people don’t really do much […]

19 Jan, 2014 in Tokyo
Asahi TV Tower  Tokyo (12)

It’s not a grand attraction, definitely not for people my age, but if you’re in Rippongi, this a place for you to get a glimpse of Japanese animation mania. You can take photos with some of the cartoon celebrities and play around with all sorts of video games and attractions all day long for free. […]

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