Shanghai 上海

Shang Hai literally means “above the sea” and gave the name of this city. Shanghai is now the biggest city in the world with an astounding 24M inhabitants. Yet the city feels surprisingly spacious, modern and a nice place to live in. I probably was lucky to get a clear sky, I must say pollution…

Suzhou 苏州

Next stop in my Shanghai area trip after Hangzhou (see previous article), Suzhou. Suzhou also has a very ancient history dating back to 500 BC, it is sometimes known as the “Venice of the East”. God knows how many Venice there are in the world but basically every town with waterways is the Venice of something.…

Hangzhou 杭州

The West Lake The heart of Hangzhou is its lake: the city is organised around it and it’s the traveler’s high point, which is well deserved:         Around the lake is a relaxed lifestyle: Water Calligraphy (Did he want to highlight the impermanence of things and life ?), Tai Chi, Cycling, Boating,…

Guilin Part 2: In the Painting

Chinese painting is rich with beautiful mountains and foggy landscapes, waterways and fields, and here was an opportunity to see the real thing: Guilin City Li River – on cruise to Yangshuo  Notice the water buffalos on the foreground Phoenix tail bamboos on the Yulong river Yangshuo Dragon bridge

Guilin Part 1: Time Travel

Guilin – 桂林 (or Gwai lam in Cantonese) is a region in China Guangxi province, a 1h flight from Hong Kong. Literally it means “the forest of osmanthus”, osmanthus being a tree that is very present in the region, its leaves and flowers being used to flavour tea or wine. Part of our trip to…

Tokyo Impressions

    Visit to Tokyo this week: Typhoon left us with continuous rain on Sunday, allowing for some interesting impressions Layers   Youth in Style In Tokyo, and perhaps Japan in general, people do considerable research to have their own unique style. Men and women alike.     Rainy Sunday Morning       Yoyogi park –…