Category Archives: Asia

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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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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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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A Journey along the South Central Coast of Vietnam

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Flanked by verdant mountains on one side and the blue sea on the other, the trail along Vietnam’s South Central Coast is easily the most picturesque in the country. This route stretches over 800 kilometres from Binh Thuan to Da Nang, passing through a series of astonishing beaches and bays.

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The Colours of Hong Kong

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Bright and colourful, Hong Kong has never failed to impress first-time visitors. They are often overwhelmed by the rainbow of colours seen in the brightly lit shop fronts, in the delicious food and on the dazzling skyline. Some would say that this mixture of colours characterises Hong Kong as the melting pot of culture. And each colour represents an aspect of the bustling life that thrives amid towering buildings.

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Mekong Delta: In Search of the Cultural Heritages

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For many tourists, the Mekong Delta brings to mind a fertile landscape filled with fruit orchards, paddy fields, and myriad waterways. But if you dive deeper, you will realise that this land has no shortage of cultural heritages. From vibrant floating markets to peculiar architectures, they reflect a unique lifestyle that follows the rhythm of the mighty river.

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Gangnam District: From Zero to Hero

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Expensive, exclusive and elite are the most appropriate words to describe Seoul’s Gangnam district. It’s indeed a place to see and be seen, filled with high-end real estate, luxury boutiques and glimmering skyscrapers. But fifty years ago, this area was nothing more than a vast countryside; home to rice paddies and pear farms. And everything you see today has been built since then.

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Arashiyama: A Beautiful Retreat near Kyoto

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Resembling an ink wash painting, Arashiyama in the western outskirt of Kyoto has long been a favourite escape of the Japanese elites. Since the Heian period, the nobles came here to unwind from the hustle of the city. Today, foreign and domestic tourists flock here to see the evergreen bamboo groves of Arashiyama, as well as to find serenity at Tenryūji – a temple with a stunning mountain backdrop.

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