Hong Kong

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Hong Kong International Airport, the Hub for Asia.

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Extremely modern and posh airport

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the Airport Express, a fast, clean, and spotless train linking HK rail station to the airport in Lantau.

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Our lone traveler after 48 hours of airplanes and trains

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Hong Kong Central Station

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in case you’re out of ink : Automatic machine selling inkjet cartridges

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single journey ticket

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subway advertising

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destinations are written in mandarin, cantonese, japanese,  and english

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empty wagon

each wagon has a back-lighted map over the doors

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more on HK subway

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subway for Causeway Baysubway for Causeway Bay

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next stop : Central

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HP, Epson, and clones

Belgrade

Belgrade

You can find all the major european chains and many
local brands who have nothing to envy from western europe

Belgrade

lots of shops and cafes open till late night

Belgrade

Knez Mihajlova Street, the center of Beograd

Belgrade

50 Dinaries

Belgrade

20 Dinaries

Belgrade

BeoGrad beer

Belgrade

a creative painting

Belgrade

Dragana, trying to manage all this mess

Belgrade

a serbian shnapps called Stomaklija, the name says it all ….
even Jagermeister is no match with this !

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the computer area, running a (lame) 56k modem

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the main room

Belgrade

Three Black Catz YH Hostel, the nr.1 hostel in Beograd !
here’s my room Belgrade

there’s still a quite mittel-european atmosphere

Belgrade

the tracks (Kolosek)

Belgrade

Beograd Train Station

Sirmione & Lake Garda

Sirmione & Lake Garda

autobahn : from Verona to Sirmione

Sirmione & Lake Garda

Welcome to Sirmione !

Sirmione & Lake Garda

Sirmione : the castle “Rocca degli Scaligeri”, a fortress built in the 12th century
by the kings of Verona, then used in the 14th century by the Venetian Republic

Sirmione & Lake Garda

crowds of tourists, mainly germans, french, and english

Sirmione & Lake Garda

the main Gate

Sirmione & Lake Garda

the Scala, symbol of the Scaligeri (Della Scala) Kingdom12th century

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zoom : the Lion of St.Mark, symbol of Serenissima Venetian Republic (15th century)

Sirmione & Lake Garda

Rocca Scaligera (Castle of the Scaligeri)

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inside : solid walls made of rocks and bricks

Sirmione & Lake Garda

tower and internal walls. notice the “merli ghibellini”, symbolizing the alliance
with the german empire during the middleages

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outer view : houses on the lake’s shores

Sirmione & Lake Garda

main gate and entrance of the city

Sirmione & Lake Garda

sea walls : west view

Sirmione & Lake Garda

walls : east side view

Sirmione & Lake Garda

front view of the sea walls

Verona

Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra’ : the symbol of Verona : the world’s famous Arena

the Opera

unfortunately it’s now horribly covered by panels and lights used during the Opera

the Arena

the only remain of the outer 3rd ring of the Arena

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the Arena dates back 1th century AD.
several heartquakes demolished the outer rings during middleage,
the rocks have been used to built other houses in the center.

 Lupanari

trivia : inside these arches during middleages were used as a site for
prostitution, the site was called Lupanari

the Arena of Verona

unlike Rome’s Colosseum, the Arena of Verona is still intact
inside and is widely used for Opera and Musical concerts
during spring and summer.

the Opera's Gate

entrance of the Opera’s Gate

tickets

tickets can be bought online too

outside view

outside view of gates and ticket office

Piazza Bra' : the Liston

Piazza Bra’ : the Liston

 the Liston

all the major and most expensive restaurants of Verona can be found here in the Liston

 Veneto

world famous for its wines, tortellini, and traditional food from Veneto

Piazza Bra'

Piazza Bra’ : the giardini and the ugly equestrian statue of king vittorio emanuele.

entrance of Piazza Bra'

entrance of Piazza Bra’ : Portoni della Bra’, also known as Torre dell’Orologio

 the Museo Maffeiano

Piazza Bra’ : the Museo Maffeiano, hosting venetic, etruscan, greek, and roman
inscriptions, sculptures, and manufacts

China

chinaChina is incredible in many ways. The list of sights and things to do here is endless, not to mention the thick culture and wonders of this country. A few notable must-sees include the barren highlands of Tibet via the Silk Road to the bewildering Forbidden City at Bejing, the magnificent Great Wall of China. There are also the amazing thousands of Terracotta Warriors and Horses at the tomb of Qin Shi’huang in Xi’an, the intriguing citylife of (Shanghai), the breath-taking scenic beauty of Yunnan Province and the original Asia’s world city – Hong Kong. China is up and rising in recent years – watch for this truly spectacular place! Traveller’s suggestion: In most hostels/hotels in China, you can get a hotel business card at the front desk which includes their contact information, address, and map to it. This is very useful to give to a taxi driver when you want to return after your sightseeing.

Beijing means ‘Northern Capital’ and in many ways the name speaks for itself. It is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the capital of bureaucrats. The whole country supposedly runs on Beijing time and is supposed to speak the Beijing dialect. From here the Chinese Communist Party rules over its enormous empire while further to the south, you will find more and more free trading with new capitalists, having contributed to form the new face of China over the last decades.

Beijing has come a long way from the dusty communist capital of the seventies and eighties to a modern city with the usual high rising buildings and shopping malls. At the same time, hotel and restaurant standards have improved enormously. It may not yet be able to compete with Hong Kong or Shanghai, but in its runup to the 2008 Olympics, it is trying real hard.

Naturally, Beijing has some of the most superb examples of Chinese architecture. No other place in China offers such a large number of old buildings as Bejing. On top of that, Beijing is one of the more convenient starting points for visiting The Great Wall.

(by www.world66.com)

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Hard-Sleeper class in the train for Chengdu :
cabins are open air with no doors, 6 beds for cabin.

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corridors are large ~60cm and there’s always someone
going forward or backward.

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a thinking lady

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chinese family having lunch

our brave lone traveler in a moment of relax : this train ride is 36 hours long.

the rude female train controller

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beautiful scenarios in the Wuhan region

hills and valleys - Wuhan

hills and valleys – Wuhan

Rain forest – Australia

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Rain forest – Australia