- Macau 2007 (Macau): Macau is a mix between a southern Chinese town and a Portuguese town. It is more comfortable and laid back than a hectic place like Hong Kong and has a lot of colonial architecture. It is a very small place, but you can easily spend three days there without getting bored. Macau has many casinos, which at night have some very impressive light effects. Local Macanese ... read more
- China 2006 (Shenzhen, Urumqi, Kashgar, Silk road, Khunjerab pass, Dunhuang, Chongqing, Three gorges, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Dalian, Beijing): China is currently a country with a very dynamic economy going through a high growth phase. The country in on track to becoming the next economic superpower. At the same time China has a big pollution problem, with heavily polluted skies. The situation is very bad especially in the centre and east of the country, while it is acceptable in the west. China has a huge number of interesting sights, both historic, cultural and natural sites. Overall the Chinese people are hard working, efficient and honest, but sometimes need to improve their manners (they are unable to queue up for instance) ... read more
- China 2005 (Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guangzhou): This is was my second trip to China, after the one in November/December 2004. This time I flew to Beijing from Seoul and joined my wife (who came from Malaysia). We spent one week together in Beijing, Xian and Chengdu. From Chengdu my wife flew back to Malaysia, while I continued my trip to Lhasa (Tibet) and Guangzhou. From Guangzhou I flew to Bangkok, and from where back to Munich together with my wife. All the time we left our baby daughter with the in-laws in Malaysia.
We didn't like Beijing - huge and polluted, but most of all huge, with 12-lane streets and huge buildings. Long times to walk from ... read more
- China 2004 (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Yunnan): This is a report of a 17 days trip across China, which I started and finished in Hong Kong. During these 17 days I visited a number of locations and because of the limited time and the long distances, I used flights to get from one place to the next. Despite the limited time it was possible to visit all places without rushing. Here are some impressions about China (from a first time traveller):
I'm surprised at how developed the country is.
- The infrastructure is in excellent state - the roads are well built and smooth with no holes or bumps; you see no wire trees ... read more