Mutianyu Valley in China

Mutianyu valley in China

You may not be familiar with the mountains of Mutianyu (慕田峪). It is a about 70 kilometres from Beijing or about  1.5 hours by car. Mutianyu is popular with tourists visiting one of the world wonders called the Great Wall of China. The Mutianyu section is the longest and best restored part of the Great […]

National Centre for the Performance Arts is also knows as The Egg

The Egg in Beijing

Designed by French architect Paul Andreu the National Centre for the Performance Arts (NCPA) in Beijing is also locally knows at the Egg. The titanium-glass dome exterior looks like an egg floating on water, or a water drop, and is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. The dome measures 212 meters in east–west direction, 144 […]

Tiananmen square celebration

There is something new at Tiananmen Square

I always thought that the Tiananmen Square was the largest square in China but I just figured out it is the 6th largest in the world. The largest square is the Xinghai Square in Dairen, China. But who cares. The square is big and boring. I don’t find it a particularly exciting square because it […]

People resting at the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City is right in the middle of Beijing city. It is not randomly somewhere in the city but exactly in the centre. The rest of today’s metropolis was carefully built around it. Other UNESCO world heritage sites I visited such as the Great Wall, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Peta Borobudur are far away from the centre. Another fun fact […]