How to meet the Japanese imperial family

Today, Voyagista reveals her secret on where we can meet the Japanese Imperial Family … For those not familiar with the Japanese Imperial family: today the Emperor has no political power and fills a symbolic role in Japanese society (as it has done at other times in Japan’s history). The Emperor is no longer regarded […]

Kyoto and the Torii tunnels of Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari

What is a tori? The tori is a traditional and spiritual Japanese gate. [Wikipedia definition] Fushimi Inari is THE temple of toriis in Japan. The red gates are everywhere in the temple grounds – there are alleys of toriis, gatherings of toriis, solitary toriis and so on. Fushimi Inari is also a temple that is […]

Hong Kong’s Venice: Tai O from every angle

Tai o

In Hong Kong there are few vestiges of the architectural past that remain: they build, then demolish, then reconstruct…newer and higher. There are not many HK neighborhoods remaining where we can take a good look at the past but we have discovered at least one – here you can be transported back to the time […]

Discovering the mysteries of Chinese medicine

Guangzhou market

In Guangzhou, there is a famous market where you can find anything you need to cure your ailments based on Chinese medicine practices: sea horse, insects, deer antler, snake, turtle, giant mushroom, starfish… and many more dried ingredients we couldn’t recognize when we visited.  It was a very interesting place and I really enjoyed the […]

Swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines

Whale Shark Oslob Philippines

Our relationship with whale sharks has been off and on… our first attempt to build something took place at Coral Bay, Western Australia. We had done everything we could to make it work: we went during the good season (March to June) and we used a boat that had a very high success rate for […]

My photo collection of Yunnan’s ethnic minorities.

Ethnic Minority in Yunnan

I want to share with you some more of my photos and as I have recently presented quite a bit about Yunnan (Shaxi, Lijiang and the Songstam Lodges) I want to present some of the photos I took of different ethnic minorities you can find in Yunnan. In Yunnan, unlike most of China where most […]

In Yunnan, Lijiang a chinese tourist paradise?

Lijang roofs

Domestic Chinese tourists are madly in love with Lijiang. Thanks to a local airport opened a few years ago there is now a daily torrent of tourists flowing through the pretty streets of the old town. Watching this performance is actually a tourist attraction in itself – everywhere there are groups struggling to keep up with their […]

Voyagista likes to sleep… at the Songstam lodges in Yunnan

Sometimes I fall in love with a hotel: it could be the environment, the concept, the people or a combination of factors. Today, I start this a new section “Voyagista likes to sleep”, which introduces some of these places I found so wonderful. I commence with my favourite accommodation in the tibetan area of Yunnan: […]

Everything you always wanted to know about Fuji

There is a Japanese Proverb that goes something like this… A wise man climbs Mount Fuji once, a fool climbs it twice.  At the moment, I belong to the first category… I climbed Fuji overnight to see the sunrise from the top of Japan, something you shouldn’t miss when you live in the country of the […]

Too many temples? Some shopping suggestions around Angkor…

You have been wanting to visit the mythical Angkor for such a long time but now, after a few hours visit, you could do with a break from the temples… maybe it’s time to enjoy the Siem Reap shopping scene. The town has changed a lot over the last few years and you can now […]