Singapore - City of the Lion

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 15:21

It is worthwhile to explore the eventful history of Singapore, which includes associated with the names Sang Nila Utama and Thomas Stamford Raffles. The first founded an empire in this region in 1299, which he called Singapura: Lion City. The name "Singapura" comes from Sanskrit and is composed of Singha (Siṃha: lion) and Pura (Pura:city).


By bike through Bagan

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 12/27/2019 - 12:54

Around 2,000 sacred buildings have been preserved to this day on around 36 square kilometers in the Pagan steppe at the east bank of the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar. Bagan's heyday began with the coronation of Anawrathas in 1084 and it formed the first united kingdom of Burma. Through him the kingdom was consolidated as a religious center of Buddhism and he and his faithful successors had around 6000 pagodas and temples built in the following centuries.


Tibet - 1993 on the roof of the world

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 07:32

Our entry into Tibet was difficult in 1993. In Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, we received an address in a hotel where you could get a visa to enter Tibet. But here we demanded a very large amount of money in cash for a document in Chinese characters whose content and authenticity we could not test. So we declined and decided after another unsuccessful prescription at the visa office the following day, now to ask the Chinese airline CAAC, if we could simply buy plane tickets to Lahasa.