Hallstatt: A Journey into the Fairy Tale

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If elves actually exist, they must live in a town as serene as Hallstatt. Tucked between towering mountains and a mirror-like lake, with 16th-century Alpine houses dotting among trees and lovely gardens, this place is so surreal that when you first set foot on it, you feel like stepping into a fairy tale.

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Basel: A Centre of Art and Architecture

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Housing an international art fair, several world-class museums, as well as countless galleries and exhibitions, it’s not exaggerated to call Basel Switzerland’s capital of art. Adding a beautiful old town and modern buildings designed by famous contemporary architects, the city becomes a paradise for lovers of art and architecture.

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Jiuzhaigou: A Journey to the Mythical Valley

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It is said that if there should be a paradise on earth, Jiuzhaigou must be one of them. According to Tibetans, there is no equal elsewhere that has overwhelming sceneries as this valley. It combines serene crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, lush green forests, and snowed-capped mountains.

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Hanover: A Closer Look at the Capital of Lower Saxony

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Lacking the charm of neighbouring Hansa cities, Hanover has never scored high on the list of most favourite destinations in Germany. Most people assume that this place is solely an industrial centre with nothing else to see. Yet hidden beneath the “industrialised” façade is a city full of history and cultural heritage which are only visible to those with patience and a keen eye.

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Burgundy: More Than Just Wine

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For centuries, Burgundy has been known as one of France’s most enticing wine regions. With a distinctively deep flavour, its red and white wines are enjoyed globally. And many visitors come to Burgundy just because of the wine. But wine is not the only thing that you can find in this fertile soil of eastern France. This region also offers a wide variety of cultural experiences, ranging from history, architecture to culinary art.

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Hohenzollern Castle: The Legacy of a Mighty Dynasty

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Burg Hohenzollern is one of Germany’s most imposing castles. Each year, it welcomes over 300,000 visitors from around the world. With its many turrets and battlements rising dramatically above the town of Hechingen, it is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century and a must-see when visiting the region.

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Nantes: Encounter with a Unique Elephant

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Riding an elephant, the biggest mammal on land is perhaps the dream of every child. I was no different. As a kid, I used to like elephants and would love to ride one. But the cruel fact that elephants are abused in order to satisfy tourist’s demands really shrugged me off. Fortunately, I found a better alternative in Nantes.

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Korean Cuisine: First Taste of Korean Royal Dishes

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Artful presentation and refined taste, Korean royal dishes demonstrate a centuries-long tradition of cooking that has been passed down by court cooks and royal descendants for generations. It’s the feast for all five senses and is often considered the highest form of dining in Korean cuisine.

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Sylt and Rügen: The Tale of Two Seas

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Travelling to Germany for a beach vacation seems odd for foreign tourists. Against charming old towns and fairytale castles, it is easy to forget about the natural beauty of this country. Indeed, the popularity of Germany’s coast is hardly comparable to those in Spain, France, or Italy, but believe me, it is no less spectacular.

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The Regeneration of Seoul Downtown

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A busy commuter highway was transformed into a nature-filled public area. An abandoned stadium was replaced by a world-class exhibition centre. And on the site of the old campus, a man-made canyon was created. Seoul has received a major facelift for the last few years. From a mere industrial centre in the 1960s, it has grown into a modern, eco-friendly capital that many cities in the world want to model after.

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The Familiar Nicknames of Bologna

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Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy and its history dates back to at least 1000 B.C. In the course of time, Bologna has earned various nicknames. But La Rossa, La Dotta, and La Grassa sound most familiar as they present the most prominent features of this wonderful city.

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