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
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.
China’s capital Beijing has more than 20 million inhabitants and a more than 3000-year-old history. Its name means Read more. With the , the , the former Imperial Palace which is a since 1987, the old and the new , the , the , the Confucius Temple et cetera it hosts an imposing cultural heritage.
50 minutes before landing I am woken up by the Stewart who collects the blankets. Due to wind conditions the approach flight on Beijing Capital International Airport is quite rough and I am really surprised that such a huge airplane like the A380 can be shaken so much. Read more
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring