Initially, I had planned to spend the whole week in Beijing, but my friends suggested a short trip to Pingyao in the Shanxi province. Pingyao is a walled city that dates from the 15th century. It has preserved almost intact its traditional architecture, so it is a good option to see what Imperial China was like.… Continue reading Pingyao, Shanxi, China
The Forbidden City is in the center of Beijing. This palace complex was the home to the Emperors during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, from 1420 to 1912. There are 980 buildings in the complex which are a beautiful example of traditional Chinese architecture. The Forbidden City is in front of Tiananmen Square. There… Continue reading The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Summer Palace was probably my favorite place in Beijing. It is a large complex of lakes, gardens and palaces. I covers an area of almost 3 square kilometers. I spent many hours walking around this place. It was slightly cold and very peaceful.
After spending an amazing weekend with my friends, I was on my own on Monday. They had to go to work and left me with a Lonely Planet guide as my companion. I went to the Temple of Heaven and spent most of the afternoon there. The Autumn weather was great, somewhat cold but still… Continue reading Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
My friends arranged everything to visit The Great Wall on Sunday. They surprised me when they told me that a common friend of us was traveling to Asia and had a 12-hour layover in Beijing, so he and his travel companions would join us. We went to the section of the Wall located in Mitianyu. It… Continue reading The Great Wall, China
I traveled to China in November to visit some friends of mine who are living in Beijing. Two of them have been there for four years and will be leaving soon. The other two arrived a few months before my visit. I had a small window of opportunity to see them all together in the… Continue reading Jingshan Park, Beijing, China
Bharatpur is the closest town to Keoladeo National Park. The city is relatively small, and a couple of hours are more than enough to see the main sights. Below you'll see pictures of Lohagarh Fort, the Government Museum and Ganga Maharani Temple.
Keoladeo National Park is a birder's paradise. The closest city is Bharatpur, three hours away from Delhi by train, which makes it a perfect weekend gateway. The park includes wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. It is home to more than 230 species of birds, an many more that arrive in winter. A visit to this places… Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
I traveled to Pondicherry with a friend during the fourth weekend of September. Pondy, as the town is affectionately called, sits along the Indian South coast, facing the Bay of Bengal. It was a French colony since 1674 until 1954. Today, it is the capital of the territory of Puducherry. Compared to most towns in India,… Continue reading Pondicherry, Puducherry
During our third day in Sri Lanka, we visited Sigiriya Lion's Rock, located 20km away from Dambulla Cave Temple. Sigiriya is an ancient fortress built around a column of rock nearly 200 metres high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa to build a new capital in the 5th Century CE. The capital was abandoned after… Continue reading Sigiriya, Sri Lanka