A touch of Tibet awaits me once I exit the Metro station. The smell of incense is blowing through the streets. Tibetan vendours around the Lama temple complex are selling incense sticks, prayer ties, pictures of the saints and other goods. The surronding smell, the sound and the atmosphere are familiar for me since I travelled across Tibet from Lhasa till Zhangmu at the tibetan-nepalese border in August 2010. Read more
Yiheyuan is the chinese name of the new Summer Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1998 and is located in the Northwest of Beijing. Imperial pavillions were found in the area already in the 11th century but the present complex dates from the 18th century and was built under the regency of the Mandschu-Emperor Qianlong. Even though the Summer Palace is mainly associated with the Empress dowager Cixi who reigned the Middle Kingdom from 1861 until her death in the year 1902 and who reconstructed the palaces 1888 after they were plundered by foreign troops. She is also responsible for the construction of the Marble Boat, also called Clear and Peaceful Boat, which she built with money which was originally designated for the navy. Read more
Where: Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
When: 21st January 2011
We spent two days at the Kinabatangan Jungle Camp and did two afternoon, one early morning and one night cruise on the Kinabatangan River, which is famous for its wildlife, in those days. We saw Pygmy Elephants already on our first afternoon cruise but encountered this Elephant Family on the second afternoon cruise. They weren’t shy but very curious and we got the chance to get real close. The Elephant baby was first hidden by the two adult Elephants but then he pushed himself in front. When he suddenly lifted his trunk, it seemed as if he wanted to say hi to us.