All across Asia

Travelblog for Hong Kong and beyond

Dream Castle made of Snow - Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival - Eisfestival

Harbin – Ice, Ice, Baby

Two freezing Days around the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

There’s a city in the north-easternmost corner of China. In Heilongjiang province, still a good two-hour flight away from Beijing, close to the Siberian border:

Harbin.

A Chinese industrial tier-two city with roughly eleven million inhabitants and an annual average temperature of mere 4 degrees centigrade, where there’s not much that would attract tourist visitors.

Except for one month in a year:

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Best Beaches in Asia Pacific - Die besten Strände in Asien und Ozeanien

Travel Bloggers present the Best Beaches in Asia Pacific

A summary of the “My favourite beach in Asia Pacific” round-up on allacrossasia

The German langauge knows a term called “Fernweh“. This word describes the longing for places far away, the desire to break out of the daily routine and travel to new destinations. Especially in the European winter time, when days are short and cold, people like to dream themselves away to exotic places where it’s warm and life’s easy. The image of dream beaches where one can relax and let go of all the stress and everyday worries becomes very desirable. But where can one find these beaches? Where are the best places which fulfil these desires? To find answers to these questions and provide you with some inspiration for your next vacation, I asked fellow international travel bloggers with focus on the Asia Pacific region about their favourite beaches.Continue reading

Christmas in Hong Kong - Hongkong zur Weihnachtszeit - Hong Kong Winterfest at Statue Square 2

Christmas season in Hong Kong

A Winter Wonderland without Ice and Snow

I must admit that, as a European, celebrating Christmas in Hong Kong still feels strange to me. In Europe, this season is characterized by teeth-chattering cold weather (ideally, you would even see snow) and Christmas cookies that are piling up in supermarket shelves from August onwards. Christmas lights try to fight off the darkness during the shortest days of the year, mulled wine and punch are needed against the cold of winter. In Hong Kong, it is slightly different:Continue reading

My travel plans for 2018 All Across Asia

My Travel Plans for 2018

An Outlook on the upcoming year „All Across Asia”

Slowly but surely, the year 2017 is coming to an end. This is typically the time of the year, when I start thinking about my travel plans for the following year. Fittingly, German travel blogger Julie from “Julie-en-voyage” called for a blog parade on the topic “My travel plans for 2018”. Now therefore, I have written down my thoughts to give you a foretaste of what is to come on “All Across Asia” in 2018.
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My skydiving adventure in Australia - Skydive Abenteuer in Australien Mission Beach 00

Go Bananas!

My Skydiving Adventure in Australia

I would have never imagined that I’d actually jump out of a plane one day. I have friends who had done skydiving before and they told me only the most positive things about their experience. However, it never clicked or sparked my interest too much. Even though I’m into adrenaline rushes and challenges for the body and mind, hence why I ran two marathons, did a bungee jump or climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. But Skydiving? That was one of the last things I would have wanted to do. That’s what I thought. Until I went to Australia and it became kind of compellingContinue reading

Southern Ridges - The best urban hiking trail in Singapore

Walking the Southern Ridges in Singapore

There is a certain rivalry between Hong Kong and Singapore. At least, these two cities are often compared against each other. Which one is more expensive? Which one is the better expat destination? Which one has the better airport? Now, when it comes to hiking options, it is really hard to beat Hong Kong which has some of the best urban hiking trails in the world. However, I was surprised to read that Singapore features an urban trail of about 9km length, too: the Southern Ridges. Of course, I had to try this - and so I laced my shoes for the walk.

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Skyline of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour, here photographed from Jardines Lookout - surely one of the instaworthy photo spots - eines der besten Fotomotive in Hongkong

#instaworthy – The best photo spots in Hong Kong

A picturesque journey to Instagrammers’ paradise

German travel bloggers Katrin and Sandra from “Littlebluebag” have called for a blog parade on the topic of “Best spots for photography”. In my opinion, that begs for Hong Kong! Here, you can find an unbelievable variety of interesting photo spots, which truly make the city a paradise for Instagrammers and (hobby) photographers alike. From the stunning scenery of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak over lively markets, unique delicacies, picturesque parks, green jungle paths, bays and beaches to impressive architecture and fascinating everyday scenes of the streets of Hong Kong – this city is definitely one of the most photogenic places in the whole world! Let me take you on a picturesque journey through this metropolis full of spectacular photo spots:
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National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan - Nationales Palastmuseum in Taipeh 3

The National Palace Museum in Taipei – Taiwan‘s Treasure Chamber

Chinese Cultural History over eight millennia

A long queue has already lined up in front of the exhibition room. I guess I’m right here, in the third floor of Taipei’s National Palace Museum, where they display the most precious and popular piece out of almost 700,000 exhibits. That piece that every single visitor to this museum, which was the sixth-most-visited museum in the world with more than six million guests in 2015, wants to see. It is…

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Sharp Peak towering above Sai Kung East Country Park

Sharp Peak: The “Needle” of Sai Kung

Hike – Beach – Boat: The Sai Kung Triathlon

Sai Kung in the northeastern New Territories features arguably Hong Kong’s best beaches and – as they pass along these beaches – some of its most beautiful hiking trails, too. Ever since I have hiked the Section 2 of the MacLehose Trail (without any doubt the #1 hike in Hong Kong!) for the first time, I wanted to climb that peak that rose steeply towards the sky somewhat north of Sai Kung’s three “deserted beaches”, living up to its name: Sharp Peak.Continue reading