A FEW WEEKS ago I sought hallmarks of Chinese heritage and architecture at one of Beijing’s main railway stations, only to be bitterly disappointed at the fact that the entire concourse is transit, for ticketed passengers only. This time, on my way out of Beijing for a few days, I had the opportunity to check … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 28: Good Company is the Best Way to Pass Time
What does any traveller do with a few hours to kill in a city? Take the long way, of course. There was no shortage of landmarks to see between my original origin and destination stations. And with a subway, you really get no hint of what life is like outside, making each first-time subway exit … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 3: Point A to Point B and Everything In Between
Infrastructure may not be glamorous … unless, of course, it happens to be so stand-out it’s comical … or scary. And naturally, modern China ticks all the boxes. A few weeks ago I was taken aback by Hangzhou’s ‘legendary’ beauty. There are certainly buildings in Hangzhou that look like they don’t belong … and then there’s … More The Mothership Has Landed In China
Kota Tua, or people call it as “Old Town”, “Old Jakarta”, or even “Old Batavia” feels like a time leap through 16th century. Colonial Dutch buildings stand side by side, reflecting the Dutch colonization for about three centuries long. Exploring 1.3 square kilometres of old town is one unforgettable adventure. Hop on to your time … More Local Travel in Jakarta: Been to Kota Tua?