Redefining Heritage, Rethinking Legacy

“What would people think and say about you at your funeral? What would be your legacy?”


Journey to the Lesser Known: The Silk Route #1 – China

Journey to anew is always exciting as much as frightening. But, as you remember the Emperor’s last message to you, “Everyone can wander, but very few travels with a purpose.”


Wrapping up #Chinese Silk Route

With a new understanding about #SilkRoute, I’m looking forward to return to Indonesia.


798 Art Zone of Beijing

The air of creativity here was ‘polite, orderly and predicted.’ It was not bad, in fact, it reflected China a lot.


The old city of Kashgar

Having studied civil engineering, it was an embarrassing moment when I could not explain what were the gutters along the sloping walls for to my guide.


One has not been in Xinjiang unless reaching Kashi

“Romanticism is better felt with old buildings; unlike human, they stay the same.” Finally, one of the destinations that I always wanted to be in: the old city of Kashgar in Xinjiang. Being the farthest Chinese town from the capital, Beijing, it also moved further away from the Chinese culture …


Happy New Year from Urumqi

Snow, cold and slippery road have sent me to one of the most unexpected experience in traveling: going to hospital. Worst, I didn’t speak Mandarin or Uyghur and I forgot my translator in my phone. But the show (read: travel) must go on. Happy New Year from Urumqi, China.


The end of the beginning

“How can I see the ends of the Great Wall of China without having to go to outer space?” One could see the whole Great Wall of China only by watching it from outer space. Since SpaceX won’t be ready anytime soon – and I don’t know if I have …


Blessing from the universe

The Silk Route was unique; trade, politics, arts, religion and so on inspired each other that new cultures emerged. The City of Dunhuang, and especially Mo Gao area, once proved it. Mo Gao, located 25 KM outside the city of Dunhuang, was originally built to create a pilgrimage spot for …


There’s always the first time of everything

The Yellow River, emerging from Kunlun Mountain and ended in Pacific Ocean was central to ancient Chinese culture. The river halved the City of Lanzhou, a significant communication centre along the ancient Silk Road route. According to archeological findings, soldiers, envoys, merchants, monks and poets who travelled along the ancient …