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A new beginning – I have moved my Blog!

I have moved my blog

A new beginning – I have moved my blog (Photo taken by Bengt Langer)

I didn’t seem to be active on this blog in 2014 yet, but I was busy. As I have written in my last post, my review of 2013, setting up a self-hosted blog was one of my goals for 2014. I have already put this plan into action and have setup a new self-hosted blog. This was quite a lot of work and took more time than I have expected. You can now find my new blog under http://www.travellingcolognian.com. Read more

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2013: My China Year

2013 was without a doubt my China year. Unlike other travel bloggers I haven’t stayed there for several months or even a year, but China has definitely stolen my heart. I have been to China once before, in July and August 2010, when travelling through Yunnan and Tibet. At that time already I absolutely loved it  and have always planned to go back to see more of the Middle Kingdom. But I have never expected that it would blow me away that much and that I would travel there twice in eight months. At any one time I have stayed there for three and a half respectively four weeks and have spent a few additional days in Dubai, Hongkong and Thailand. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there be light!

During my travels all across Asia and back home I encountered all different sorts of lights, natural and artificial lights. Down below I present a collection of what I saw so far. Let there be light!

Candles, seen next to the canals in Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Candles, seen next to the canals in Lijiang, Yunnan, China

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

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Little chinese girl and her Mom in the Yuantong Si Temple in Kunming, China

The little chinese girl is watching me carefully. She seems to be curious and shy at the same time. Apparently she hasn’t seen many westerners before, so the encounter with the blonde western woman who is smiling at her seems to be something totally unexpected. I meet her and her Mom during my second visit to the Yuantong Si Temple, one of the oldest and the most famous buddhist temple in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in the Southwest of China. Read more

Back to China

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I am definitely not lost, but I have a burning desire to wander. I love to explore other countries and cultures, mingle with the locals and support local businesses. I also love to meet people from all over the world. I have just been to China in April and May and I am captivated by the beauty of the country and the friendlyness of the locals. On my journey I met some fantastic people along the way. Read more

A new Design – Update

A few days ago I announced that I will test and introduce four WordPress Themes – Photography, Portfolio, Profile and Photographer – on my blog in the next one and a half weeks. Well, apparently that plan was a bit too ambitious as adapting a Theme onto one’s blog often means more than just placing a few tick marks and sometimes takes more time when things don’t work like intended. I purchased the Photography Theme two days ago and tried to adapt it onto my blog for one whole evening but in the end it didn’t appear like I wanted it to. To try out four Themes ten days are obviously not enough. As I am leaving for China on the 17th October I decided to maybe postpone this trial. I might purchase, try out and introduce the contemplated four Themes when I am back home, but definitely not before my departure. Read more

A new Design – your Opinion

Two days from now my blog on WordPress will reach its first anniversary. I had a blog before on Blogspot but I didn’t really like Blogspot due to its limited Design- and Layout-options and, compared to WordPress, the worse user-friendliness, so I didn’t do much on my blog. When starting this blog I choosed the free Bueno Theme which, I think, is a great Theme for those, who just start blogging on WordPress. But after a few months I felt that I wanted a Theme which is still for free but represents my photos better and gives me a few more blog options than Bueno. I choosed Forever, which is originally designed as a Wedding Theme but offers a photo slider which was very appealing to me. Read more

A touch of Tibet: the Lama Temple

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

Visiting the Summer Palace

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

Exploring the Temple of Heaven

China’s capital Beijing has more than 20 million inhabitants and a more than 3000-year-old history. Its name means Northern Capital. With the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the former Imperial Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the old and the new Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Lama Temple, the Confucius Temple et cetera it hosts an imposing cultural heritage. Read more