Yangmei 杨美饰

Yangmei Village 杨美村

It's always good to take a little extra time to experience the local culture and explore new places. That's what I did back in May 2012 when I went for a few days for business trip in Nanning, Guanxi Provice, in the South-West of China. Guangxi province is famous for the beautiful and elegant mountains … Continue reading Yangmei Village 杨美村

Journey to Tuva – Otto Mänchen-Helfen- 1929

Otto John Mänchen-Helfen ( 1894 in Vienna, Austria – 1969 in Berkeley, California) was an Austrian academic, sinologist, historian, author, and traveler. Between 1927 and 1930 he worked at Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow, he then he moved to Berlin from 1930 to 1933, till the rise of Nazisms when he then decided to go back … Continue reading Journey to Tuva – Otto Mänchen-Helfen- 1929

Kongar-ool Ondar

My wife told me while I'm writing this article that she hasn't heard that many songs by Kongar-ool Ondar in a day since her childhood in Tuva. Kongar-ool Borisovich Ondar (Ондар Коңгар-оол Борис оглу,  in Russian/Tuvan, 4 December 1962 - 25 July 2013) was an influential Tuvan musician of the 20th century and one of … Continue reading Kongar-ool Ondar

fistful of promises

Up to today there's no yet a wide bibliography about Republic of Tuva in English. The main information available are mostly related to "Tuva Or Bust" by Ralph Leighton (1991), "In Siberia" by Colin Thubron (1999) and few other readings on Khoomei throat singing. Fistful of Promises offers an image of the Republic of Tuva … Continue reading fistful of promises

Blue house – Hong Kong

Not far from the old British Post-office of Wan Chai (now Environmental Protection Dept.) , over a hill in the direction of a temple a blu building catches ones the attention. Blue House (蓝楼)is an historical building in Wan Chai district(灣仔), Hong-Kong. At it's ground floor  is possible to visit a small hall called "Hong Kong House … Continue reading Blue house – Hong Kong

Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang

I've been very excited to visit the ancient Buddhist caves of Bezeklik in 2015. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (柏孜克里千佛洞, Bǎi zī kè lǐ qiān fú dòng) are located in Xinjiang Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔自治区, Xīnjiāng wéiwú'ěr zìzhìqū,شىنجاڭ ئۇيغۇر  ئاپتونوم رايونى ) to the north of the Taklamakan desert, around 50 kms East of Turpan (吐鲁番,Tǔlǔfān, تورپان) … Continue reading Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang

Dandong- At the doors of North Korea

Since the Japanese invasion of Korea and eastern Russia the railways starting from Chinese Manchuria have been the main channels for the connection and commerce between the region. Get there From Shenyang train station, as for in the past, I'm taking the first train of 7:30 directed to Dandong city to reach the boarders between … Continue reading Dandong- At the doors of North Korea

Rtsi-nang-dgon-pa Jonang Monastery – Aba County

On the road from Rnga-ba to the direction of  Gcig-sgril-in-mgo-log, in the County of Aba near the village of Rgya-stod (甲尔多乡, Jia'erduo village) is Rtsi-nang-dgon-pa Monastery (full name as  rtsi nang dgon dpal me 'gyur NGES Don bde chen gling, Chinese name as 孜朗寺), a Jonang School Monastery officially founded in 1429. The Jonang School was widely believed to have been extinct after … Continue reading Rtsi-nang-dgon-pa Jonang Monastery – Aba County

Shuajinsi Work Unit – Aba County – Sichuan

During my last trip with my friend F. in the valleys of Aba County, we noticed a little wall with some propaganda murals belonging to the Revolutionary China of 1960's. On our way back to Chengdu, we managed to find a little time to visit the old work unit near Shuajingsi. Shuajingsi (刷经寺) is a small village located … Continue reading Shuajinsi Work Unit – Aba County – Sichuan