Chinese New Year in Hongguan

In 2015 we went hiking for a few days in Tongbaoshan and other valleys around Dalikeng in Wuyuan county. This was route we wanted to explore for a while and which connects Hongguan with another village in another valley at 20 kms distance called Guangkang. Our initial plan was to spend the spend the night in … Continue reading Chinese New Year in Hongguan

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

A priest and photographer at the end of Qing dynasty

About 100 years ago, China was under the influence of foreign powers as a result of the a century of political and military failures. In the once unexplored provinces of China were now mushrooming representative offices, businessman and even religious men. All were exporting westernization in the Chinese soil trough market, regulations, infrastructures and new … Continue reading A priest and photographer at the end of Qing dynasty

Macau St. Paul Church

I visited the old center of Macau 3 times in the past years, and each time somehow it all began with a walk around St. Paul's church. It is not for us to known the time the project of St. Paul's Church (aka, Our Lady Mother of God, 大三巴牌坊) started or from whom was draw … Continue reading Macau St. Paul Church

Pingyao and its walls

Pingyao (平遥古城), an ancient city protected by UNESCO located at the center of Shanxi province,  just few kilometers south of Taiyuan, is definitely a window to the past rural life in North-central China. Following  tradition Chinese cities were often surrounded by city-walls in order to defend themselves from neighbor reigns and nomads tribes. Between the … Continue reading Pingyao and its walls

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

Manolo, a Magician, a “Crab” Out of Place

The man is a constant source of surprises. On October 24th in Scuola Grande di S. Giovanni Evangelista many gathered to listen to the story of a great climber. Italian Mountaineering Club (CAI) of Venice invited Maurizio Zanolla (Feltre,1958), better known as "Manolo", to talk about his life-long experience in mountaineering. A man who spaces between … Continue reading Manolo, a Magician, a “Crab” Out of Place