Calaveras Big Trees State Park

It has been a major tourist attraction since 1852, when the existence of the trees was first widely reported, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California. An absolute highlight with not many tourists

San Francisco

Great atmosphere because of clouds of fog moving over the surrounding hills. They have a great museum with amazing classic works of art and questionable modern art. China Town was much better than in L.A. I like the Bay area.

Silicon Valley

Exploring the origin of Silicon Valley: It’s birthplace in the Hewlett-Packard garage, the beginning of Apple at Steve Job’s garage in a great neighborhood. Computer history museum with all significant hardware exhibits including Apple 1 and the Utah teapot. Went to Google next and joined a user study for a new service and Stanford. Definitely a must see at the West Coast. First world feeling in the whole area.

Highway One

From Los Angeles I drove north on Highway one passing old missionaries until I reached the impressive Hearst Castle. The fairy tale mansion of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951 was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 and is now a National Historic and California Historical Landmark. Unfortunately I couldn’t continue on Highway One because of a landslide but found a detour along beautiful empty hills covered with golden grass land until I reached San Francisco.


While traveling China I met so many Chinese who want to move to USA to follow the American dream. Therefore I decided to spend this summer in the USA to experience it myself.  My first stop is Los Angeles in California. I visited the beach, downtown, Hollywood and China Town. (Warning: Looks only nice on the pictures. Parts of the City looked like a third world slum. Piles of trash on the streets, unbelievable smell,…) and Universal studios. Crazy entrance fee of 100$ but worth it. Harry Potter and transformers ride are definitely the future of amusement parks. Waiting time for Harry Potter was up to 4 hours but I managed three rides without waiting – you must just take the SINGLE RIDER line, that means you can’t sit together with your friends. But instead of waiting 4 hours I waited only 5 min!!! Ask me how if you plan to go. Waterworld was also an amazing show. Unfortunately couldn’t take pictures because my phone got so wet after the Jurassic park ride that it stopped working for a few hours.