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

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

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

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

Conversation in front of a plate of dumplings – in Hong Kong

   Every day travellers and curious wanders around the small irregular street in Hong Kong center, near RD., is more common to find foreign restaurants and other typical food from other parts of Mainland China then Hong Kong local food.   I enter in one of the many dumpling restaurants of the city and I … Continue reading Conversation in front of a plate of dumplings – in Hong Kong

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

Tongboshanzhen – Hiking between the burdens of Jiangxi and Fujian Provinces

To celebrate the beginning of the year of the goat we decide to go hiking for few days in the North-East area of Jiangxi province, on the burdens with Fujian province. Our goal is to escape from the grey walls of Shanghai and enjoy the Chinese New Year's celebrations in the small villages of the … Continue reading Tongboshanzhen – Hiking between the burdens of Jiangxi and Fujian Provinces

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