Suzhou’s ancient town and gardens

I have to admit that even though Suzhou is just a 30 minute train ride away, I haven’t made it there until recently! A little knackered from the previous long day at Hangzhou’s Xixi Wetland Park and Lonjing tea fields at the West Lake (catch up on my previous blog entry here), my friend – who…

Xixi Wetland Park, Hangzhou

In late October, one of my best friends from Germany came to visit us in Shanghai and apart from showing him all the main sights, rooftop bars and top restaurants in Shanghai, we took the train to discover Hangzhou and Suzhou. As I’ve seen quite a bit of the West Lake for my birthday weekend…

My birthday weekend in Hangzhou

Having talked about going to Hangzhou for easily a year, my birthday weekend seemed like the perfect occasion for a short getaway. Together with friends, we booked rooms at the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale (sounds fancy, right?) which is situated at the top of Hangzhou’s main attraction and UNESCO world heritage sight: the West Lake….

Summer in Hokkaido – First four days

This year we experienced our first full summer in Shanghai with hot and humid weather that feels like right out of hell or to be precise, according to our weather app like 46°C every day! So when it came to planning our summer vacation, we wanted to stay in Asia, but go somewhere with decent…

Kyoto Fairytales

We absolutely love Japan. Our holiday in Kyoto just exceeded all our expectations! Just as we landed and the Chinese tourists pushed us off the plane, I was overwhelmed with the friendliness of the Japanese airport and train station staff…