Hidden gems in the Far East

NANJING CITY – ANCIENT CAPITAL AND WITNESS OF CHINESE HISTORY

Posted by on Kwiecień 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

It’s another busy spring morning in Nanjing. Loud crowds are spilling out of the train station. Traffic is as usual hectic and nobody is paying attention to my pathetic pidgin Chinese enquiry about the nearest bus station. They just cut me off with their constant ‘Dimbudong’ – ‘I don’t understand’ curt answer. So I decide […]

HUANGSHAN MOUNTAIN (YELLOW MOUNTAIN) “The loveliest mountain in China”

Posted by on Marzec 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

When you talk to Chinese people they often mention the Mt Huangshan – home to several Taoist temples and place of pilgrimage. Combined with James Cameron’s interview about his latest film ‘Avatar’ and him admitting that Mt Huangshan was the inspiration behind his “Hallelujah Mountains” I became adamant I had to scale the sacred peaks […]

XIAMEN AND GULANGYU ISLAND (“ISLAND OF PIANOS”)

Posted by on Luty 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Xiamen is one of the nicer cities in China blessed with mild climate and varied coastline. Located in Fujian Province at the southeast coast it boasts a major port, beautiful beaches, temples, some interesting colonial buildings and Gulangyu – a small but interesting island just 10 minute ferry ride from the centre of Xiamen. No […]

PUTUOSHAN – BUDDHIST ISLAND BETWEEN SEA AND SKYE

Posted by on Luty 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

With its mountain scenery, dark forests, rocky coastline and white, sandy beaches, Putuoshan (literally Mount Putuo) is a slice of paradise and one of the biggest buddhist centres of the South Sea. It is a tiny island some 140km from Shanghai and full of contrasts. A place of pilgrimage for some, idyllic and relaxing getaway […]

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME – TONGLI TOWN IN CHINA

Posted by on Styczeń 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Tongli is one of the best preserved water-towns in China with a history of more than 1000 years. Located on the eastern shore of Taihu Lake it is full of little islands joined by forty nine bridges in different styles and sizes encompassing fifteen rivers. It’s very touristy especially during weekends and national holidays but […]