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Ghent, a culture gem in Flanders

by Editor Wicher Bos 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 29th of September 2023

Ghent is a vibrant city with beautiful old buildings, many churches, a cathedral, a castle and numerous old bridges that bear witness to a rich past. A city that every Flemish is proud of.

Editor Wicher Bos was here and is happy to share his appreciation through a concise but interesting summary of the history of Ghent. 


'Gent' by Orkidea W.


The history of Ghent begins in the year 630 when the site of the confluence (or ‘Ganda’) of the two rivers, the Lys and the Scheldt was chosen to construct an abbey. Nearly 1400 years of history are still visible in the city today: a medieval castle surrounded by a moat, a cathedral, a belfry, beautiful facades, …


From the year 1000 to around 1550, Ghent was one of the most important cities in Europe. It was bigger than London and second only to Paris in size. The 60,000 inhabitants it had in the 14th century clung forcefully to their rights: earls and princes soon discovered that the proud and rebellious people of Ghent would not relinquish their hard-won privileges and freedoms without a fight.


Until the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302, the city was ruled by a number of rich merchant families. As the trades and guilds gained more political power in the 14th century, Ghent came to acquire a more democratic government.


In 1407 the seat of the Council of Flanders, the highest judicial body in the county, was moved from Bruges to the Castle of the Counts, Gravensteen Gent and Dutch became the official language.


Over the centuries the inhabitants of Ghent remained true to their reputation of being headstrong and awkward. They even rebelled against their own child prince, Charles V. But that was a bridge too far: the citizens of Ghent were publicly humiliated. The economic situation also gradually worsened. The city lost its passage to the sea and the population decreased by half. Only in the second half of the 18th century there was an economic revival. In 1816, Ghent acquired its own university, which today with approximately 70,000 students, makes Ghent a vibrant young place worth to visit…



So, why not check what is in our 1X-treasury-chest database… and indeed I found some really magnificent images… Enjoy!


'Sint-Michielsbrug Bridge' by Larry Deng




'Urban City' by Elke Braet

"Portrait of a Swiss Shepherd in the city streets of Ghent… “




'Ghent, southern style' by Robin Vandenabeele




'first day of spring' by margit lisa roeder




'Grand Soleil' by Adrian Popan



'Gent, like I feel it..' by Fernand Hick



'Gent' by Jacqueline van Bijnen




'Time Machine' by Juan Pablo de Miguel

He writes: "St. Nicholas' Church (Dutch: Sint-Niklaaskerk) is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river). Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners. Built in the old trade center of Ghent next to the bustling Korenmarkt, St. Nicholas' Church was popular with the guilds whose members carried out their business nearby. The guilds had their own chapels which were added to the sides of the church in the 14th and 15th centuries. The central tower, which was funded in part by the city, served as an observation post and carried the town bells until the neighboring belfry of Ghent was built. …)."



'Gent on bike' by Cristian Lee



'Ghent Beauty' by Larry Deng



'These dark days' by Christophe Staelens



'Colores del mundo' by Mathias Laga
“Buildings to be demolished in Ghent"



Not to forget when visiting Ghent is the Saint Bavo's Cathedral also known as Sint Baafs Cathedral (Dutch: Sint Baafskathedraal.


The Cathedral is a Catholic Church .  The 89-meter-tall Gothic building is the seat of the Diocese of Ghen and is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent.
It contains the well-known
Ghent Altarpiece also known as 'The adoration of the Mystic Lamb'.  It is a very large and complex 15th-century polyptych altarpiece attributed to the Early Neherlandish painters and brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It is considered a masterpiece of European art and one of the world's treasures, it was "the first major oil painting", and it marked the transition from Middle Age to Renaissance art.
Ghent Altarpiece


"Ghent" is the Flemish name. 
"Gand" is the French name derived from "Ganda".

(source: Ghent over the centuries | Visit Gent)


An excellent article!
The portrait of the city with the help of these wonderful images is like a story you want to be a part of.Congratulations and thank you for sharing! <3
Oh, I love Ghent, thank you so much for including my humble contribution to this wonderful selection.
what an honor to be here among these beautiful photos with my photo. From the beautiful and pleasant city of Ghent! Thank you Wicher!
Blije Gentenaars ;-) !!!!!!!!!!!
The most beautiful town on Earth! Where I was born and went to school for many years. Thanks for this lovely story! ♥
Great, Marie-Anne !
Reflected in the Stars

Tutorial by Antonio Grambone
Published by Yvette Depaepe, the 20st of September 2023
The photograph is a single shot. I had the idea for this shot because I have always been drawn to abstract forms created in reflections of water, especially when they are affected by the wind.
I spent almost the entire Sunday at home since it had been raining all day. When it finally stopped in the afternoon, I immediately went outside with my camera to a park near my home. I knew there would be fresh puddles there, and I wanted to take some photos of the reflections in them.

Nikon D300  .  Tokina 12-24mm f/4  .  F/5
"It was the perfect location for my kind of photo, so I turned around with my camera and fired away as he peddled by."

The clouds eventually parted and the sunlight illuminated this puddle of water. Shortly afterward a boy showed up on his bicycle behind me, and his reflection appeared at the edge of the water. It was the perfect location for my kind of photo, so I turned around with my camera and fired away as he peddled by.

My intention was to take a photo of a scene that occurs on a daily basis, yet it passes by completely unnoticed by most people — a scene in a simple pool of rainwater. I am very pleased with the reaction of those who have seen this image.
Post Processing
I used Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS4 and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 plugin to process this photo.

1) I opened the image in Adobe Bridge. There I adjusted Exposure to –1.65, Recovery to 100 and Shadows to 3 and then exported the image to Photoshop.

2) I flipped the image horizontally and then cropped the photo to strengthen the composition.

3) I duplicated the image layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J), and I applied Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 plugin with the following values:
Opacity: 15%
Blend: 100%
Vertical Shift: 80%
Rotation: 180°

4) Back in Photoshop, I added a Solid Color layer.

5) I set the layer's color value to 445666, and I changed the blending mode of the layer to Soft Light. In this way, I created an overall dark blue tone.

6) I then created a Levels adjustment layer and set the Highlights value to 91 to lighten the overall image.

7) I selected the Levels layer again, and using the key combination (Ctrl/Cmd+I), I inverted the fill color.

8) With a soft Brush set to 21% Opacity and 84% Flow, I slowly revealed the underlying layer of the brighter image until I liked the result.

9) At this point, I created a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and then decreased Brightness to –50 and increased Contrast to 35.

10) I repeated Step #8 with a soft Brush set to Opacity +21 and 84 Flow to reveal the layer below the Brightness/Contrast layer until I liked the result. I used the Clone Stamp tool to remove some eye-catching bright spots and a few small distractions on the boy's body.

11) I made a few more slight adjustments to the exposure, contrast and color saturation until I obtained the desired result.

12) I prefer to sharpen the image at the end, and I do this in two stages as I decrease the file size. For this image I first applied the Unsharp Mask filter (Radius set to 50 pixels and Threshold set to 4 levels) and then reduced the Image Size by 50%. Afterward, I applied a second Unsharp Mask filter (Radius set to 30 and Threshold set to 2 levels), and I finished the process by reducing the image to meet the requirements for the web.
1) Make sure that you have good light, set the camera to spot metering and take a meter reading on the brightest part of the scene.
2) Use the autofocus and continuous mode, which allows you to follow a moving subject (cyclist, stroller, etc.).
3) Shoot 14-bit uncompressed NEF files (Nikon's RAW files) to have a greater chance of recovering information in post-production.
I live and work in Rome, Italy. My passion for photography has made me observe with interest the extraordinary and unique spectacle of nature along with the moments and multiple situations that occur every day. I hope, therefore, to be able to transmit and share through every single image the excitement that made me press the shutter button.
Very inspiring tutorial and of course perfect photo!
Great image and very good tutorial! Good work!
A spectacular image and a very detailed tutorial. Congratulations and thank you very much.
Thank you very much, dear Antonio for this tutorial. The picture is beautiful and moody, I love it!
Well written guidance to compose this type of photographs.
Results Contest : Swimming Pools

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 27th of September 2023


'Swimming pool'
To capture a swimming pool, its aestethic and its relation to the human body was the challenge of this contest.
It has become quite normal to immerse ourselves in cooling waters. Swimming pools have rapidly become status symbols and the source for many diverse experiences: leisure-time athletics, relaxation, or the simple pleasure of just being in water. 

The winners with the most votes are: 
1st place : 
Yevhen Kostiuk
2nd place : Debarshi Mukherjee
3rd place : DDiArte  

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'Swimming pool'


The currently running theme is 'Shooting against the sun'.
Shooting against the sun can be tricky but also is rewarding. It can be
quiet beautiful, especially when the sun is low and close to the horizon. You also can use it as backlight and create some cinematic lense flares.

The sooner you upload your submission the more chance you have to gather the most votes.
If you haven't uploaded your photo yet, click here

Good luck to all the participants.



1st place : by Yevhen Kostiuk



2nd place : by Debarshi Mukherjee



3rd place : by DDiArte





by Thierry Lagandré (Transgressed Light)



by Stephan Rückert



by Giuseppe Satriani



by AndreJa Ravnak



by Stephan Rothe



by SaraaBahari



by Petra Dvorak


You can see the names of the TOP 50 here.  
The contests are open to everybody except to crew members.
Submitting images already published / awarded on 1x is allowed.
how do we know when there's a contest ? I never get any notifications about these. Thanks !
Louise Xie - Freezing the beauty of a scene

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 25th of September 2023


To Louise Xie photography is a spiritual world, a channel where she shows the beauty of this world from her own point of view and where she can express her feelings without boundaries. Photography became a part of her life. Louise excels in several genres and strives to share her works evoking an emotional response from the viewers. Come along with me on a journey through her images and to learn more about this talented lady.


'Foggy morning for Fiz Roy'


Dear Louise, first I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer this questionnaire! To begin, please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in!

My name is Louise Xie. I grew up in Shanghai, China and my studies and early work were related to architecture back in China. I have lived in the United States for 30 years and since I moved, I changed careers to computer science. Currently I am a professional IT specialist. In my spare time, I like photography, travelling, painting, flower arrangement, and cooking. I also volunteer in several non-profit organizations. I am passionate in multiple photography subjects including landscapes, humanities, and wildlife, etc. My photographic works have been awarded PSA and other photography competitions. I also have been published multiple times on international photographic media.


'Castle Mountain'


When and how did you start your photographic journey?

My uncle’s hobby was photography, and when I was little, I was his model. He loved  to work in the darkroom to develop his photos. When I saw an image paper, I felt that it was so amazing. When my son was young, our family took vacations every year travelling around the world, which allowed me to catch up on all sceneries and cultures which I wanted to see. After many years, when my son went to college, I decided to choose photography which I liked the most, as my main hobby. I wanted to dedicate more time on developing my images.  So, that's how photography became my very first choice.


'Follow mom'


For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

Photography started as a hobby and the more I spend time on it, the more I felt in love with it. Photography is Art. To me it is not only freezing the beauty of a scene, but also includes the feelings of the photographer when photographing it. Photography is my spiritual world. It is the channel where I show the beauty of this world from my point of view and where I can express my feelings. Photography has become a part of my life now.


'Flamingos over lake Magadi'


What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

I joined several photo workshops/tours, where I learned a lot from excellent photographers. Their vision, their passion for photography always inspired me greatly. Later, I joined the PSA contest and became a 1x member. Those all are major resources for me to learn from other photographers. At the beginning of the year, I joined Raying Photography. I am so glad to find photographers that have common hobbies and ambitions where we can grow and improve together. We had a major exhibition in February of 2023. It was great to see our photos printed in high quality and in physical form for all to see and share.


'Snow Day'


You have your very own style. Your landscapes are magnificent but I also see bird photography and more genres. 
Can you explain why this is?

I am interested in many categories of photography. Landscape, Wildlife, Stage, Sports, Humanities. Exploring the beauty of nature and life brings me visual impact and emotional pleasure. I also have a passion for dynamic images of Stage Performances and Sports. I always try 'slow speed' to express their movement and flow. It provides a challenge and looks more artistic.


'Chase Me'






'Group Dance 7'


What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

I think technical skills are just the foundational skills for every photographer. Thus, I believe a good mood and well story-told picture can evoke an emotional response from viewers. It can make people connected with the image through excitement, laughter or tears.


'Meet at Foggy Morning'



'Blizzard day Bison around Geyser'


What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

Photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something that touches my heart.
As for preparation: Yes, before every photography trip, I will research where I’m going and get some inspiration from other photographer's works at that particular location. It is important to me to have a deeper knowledge of the location or subject that I want to shoot.


'Winter Yellowstone'


Describe your overall photographic vision.

A good picture is a fusion of creative ideas, photographic techniques and emotional expression. We use our eyes to observe, use our brain to shoot, use our heart to comprehend, and use colour and light and shadow to render the atmosphere and express emotions. My vision is to keep improving, endow photos with humanistic feelings, and endow photos to have thoughts and soul.


'Two little babies'


What are the main features of a successful landscape photographer in your opinion?

Respect:  Respecting and understanding nature

Curiosity:  It will lead us to try different techniques and to ponder our stylistic decisions. Being intrigued by our surroundings and our own ideas is what leads to exploration, discovery, experimentation, and creative growth.

Flexibility:  Nature is notoriously capricious, having change as its only constant. If you are willing to adjust to conditions and make the most of whatever nature gives you, then the world is yours.

Patience: Sometimes simply watching and waiting allows opportunities and ideas to come together in fruitful ways.

Speed:  The ability to respond quickly to opportunities and to think for yourself.

Integrity:  Do not forget the original intention. Remain true to our own art.

Courage: The dangers of working outdoors are many, making it necessary to exercise caution and good sense, and when those requirements are met, to find the courage to proceed.


'Drive it Away'



'Frozen on Fiz Roy lake'


Can you please tell us something more about your workflow from the idea to the final product?

I shoot pictures in the RAW format. I open it in Photoshop, start basic adjustment in ACR. Then, I use he Nik Collection for selective area adjustments and sometimes I use the Topaz Denoise and Sharpen features.


'Torres del Paine'


Where do you look to find inspiration and what inspires you the most?

Lots of things inspire me. From museum sculptures, painting, from different music concerts, stage performances, from creative architecture, to humanities in different countries and regions. Sometimes little things in life will touch my heart.


Many are of the opinion that the gear is not very important when the passion for photography is strong. However, can you please share with us what gear you use (camera, lenses, lighting, tripod, etc.)?

Personally, I think gear is quite important. I have chosen for Canon. My cameras: 5D Mark III , 5D Mark IV, 1DX II, EOS R5 and EOS R5 C and RF/RF Lens are all from Canon. I also use DJI Camera Drones for aerial photography.


'Cinque Torri sunset'


What would be your favourite photo? Please tell us the story behind it.

I like some of my photos better than the rests. Most of the time, one never have the total control for each picture taken. It is a challenge to catch a “perfect” picture. Also due to social progress, improvement in the level of appreciation, personal skill set upgrade. I am always looking forward:  next one will be better.


'Run After'


Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

I like to visit museums and read some art books. Of course, when I started photography, I couldn't avoid looking for works from famous photographers, including: Ansel Adams, Christophe Jacrot , Franco Fontana , Jordan Hammond, Henri Cartier Bresson, Jordan, Hammond, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pedro Luis Raota, and Annie Leibovitz. In their works you can see their thinking, exploring options and progress. Their creations are not limited to the eyes of the world, and always have their own unique perspective and style.

I also browse the photographs on 1X community, because many talented individuals are there.

I also have also joined photographer tours with Victor Liu, Jeffrey Wu, Kah-Wai Lin, Zhang Zhi and Yiming Hu. They have given me a good foundation of landscape, wildlife and video production. I admire their works and artistic vision and am touched by their dedication.

I learned a lot about Photoshop from Larry Deng. His vision is so artistic, very moody, and always improving with his creative skill. It is so mesmerizing.

Finally, I would like to say that John Fan’s book, blogs and his photography are works that influence me to think about the commitment of nature and the wisdom of life. His personal photography insights, including current photography trends, always helps me to reconsider how can I improve my works.


'Skogafoss waterfall'



'Misurina Lake'


Now, since we have almost reached the end of this interview, I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.

At the technical level, I hope to break through my existing foundation and form my own style. If I had more time for my photography journey, I would like to put more effort and volunteer on more non-profit organizations to help others.


'Touch Down'


Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

First, I want to thank Yvette for providing me this opportunity to share my experiences through this interview. 1x has played a major role in my photography journey. 1x is an exclusive curated art gallery with so much talented photographers. 1X inspired me and helped improve my artistic vision. I have learned so much from the photographers I follow. 1x is part my life, it is a home base to share my own works with my friends and others. I am so proud to be a part of the 1x family.


'Take off'


Thanks for your wonderful words in the conclusion of this interview, dear Louise.
We too are glad to have you as a member of our community.


Fabulous images! Congratulations, Louise!
I was really moved by the wonderful collection of works. Thank you for introducing this kind of work.
Amazing images! Congrats
Congrats dear Louise. Thank you dear Yvette for another great interview!
Thank you
My pleasure, Larry !
txules PRO
I’m speechless, my hat off.
Many thanks
These images are a visual treat , congratulations Louise
Thank you
I enjoyed reading this interesting interview accompanied with wonderful photographs, sincere congratulations dear Louie for excellent work and great thanks to Yvette for this presentation.
Thank you Miro ;-)
Thank you
Congratulations dear Louise! A very impressive collection and inspiring interview.
Thank you Ruiqing.
Your work and passions are radiant in this interview. Congratulations Louise!
Many Thanks.
Wonderful photographs and very interesting and inspiring interview. Congratulations!
Every since I saw the 'Cycling', I become your fan immediately, congrats dear Louise, you deserve it. Thanks Yvette always find and present excellent artists to us!
Thanks a lot, Molly !
Thank you dear
Just read this article "Freezing the beauty of a scene", all I could say is wow, such a great works !!!
Thank you
Such a diverse and wonderful gallery! Great talent and dedication! Congratulations, Louise! Thank you, Yvette for this interesting interview!
Thank you, dear Ludmila ;-)
Thank you.
Beautiful work, congratulations Louise! Thanks Yvette for another great interview!
Thanks for your appreciation, Linda !!!
Thank you
Congratulations, so many impressive pictures!
Thank you
Dear Louise, I am a big fan of your artistic work, congratulations on your accomplishment! Thank you very much Yvette for the interview!
My pleasure, Yanyan Gong !
Many Thanks
Beautiful and exciting images. Thank you for the wonderful interview. Congrats Louise!
Thank you
Thank you so much.
Love the interview and the works with it! Inspiring!
Thank you.
Malaysia truly Asia

by Editor Miro Susta
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 22nd of September 2023 


This photo story is somewhat related to ”Incredible Asia“ article, published in 1x Magazine in December 2021.

'Water Village Life' by Kieron Long


I spent nearly 30 years of my life in Malaysia, in a land of contradictions, a land where one can go from the wilderness of the rainforest, where no land roads lead, to the midst of the hi-tech civilisation of a modern city in a single day.


'Reflections' by Miro Susta


In the same day one can admire the skulls of slain enemies tied under the roof of the veranda of an Iban long-house in Sarawak, fishing villages in Sabah and also the skyscrapers of the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.


'The Heart Of the City' by Kok Tien Sang


Malaysia is located in the heart of South-east Asia between Thailand and Singapore.
After the damaging Covid pandemic break, the country is experiencing an economic boom again, it has good infrastructure, enough accommodation for backpackers and discerning travellers, beautiful nature, lovely beaches and mountain ranges and delicious food.

When I suggest to my friends to spend a holiday in a trip to tropical Malaysia, I often get a few surprised looks.  Why Malaysia? Is there anything interesting at all? Of course, there is, and one will learn more than you might think at first glance from this article.

Malaysia is just the country, which has only been on the world map as an independent for 66 years, which occupies an area roughly equivalent to Norway, Vietnam or perhaps New Mexico, remains somewhat hidden in many people's imaginations behind some of the other destinations in the region like Thailand or tropical island of Singapore.

The gateway for most tourists is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 1 + 2). The super-modern construction of Terminal 1 opened in 1998 and Terminal 2 in 2014.


'Kuala Lumpur by Patricia Soon


KLIA Terminal 1 has been designed to accommodate up to thirty million passengers per year while KLIA Terminal 2 for forty-five million passengers per year.


The tropical climate determines the natural character of the Malaysian landscape, which is located only between about 160 and 700 km north of the equator.


'The Kite Runner' by Andreas Kosasih Drg



Most of the country was originally covered by rainforests of several types.
As a result of human economic activity, rain forest area has been greatly reduced - this is particularly true for the peninsular part, but even on the island of Borneo the rain forests have not been spared extensive clearing.


'Borneo Rainforest' by Hary Muhammad


Malaysia’s forests are generally moist tropical forests covering approximately twenty million hectares or 60 % of total land.

The forest types present in Malaysia include montane forests, upper-, hill-, and lowland- dipterocarp, fresh water/peat swamp forest, coastal vegetation and mangroves.

The animal world is also very varied, but observing it is much more difficult for a holiday visitor than in the case of trees and many species of tropical plants.

Large mammals are not very numerous in the Malaysian rainforests, even in completely natural conditions, unaffected by humans.


'Sea Turtle at Sipadan' by Yumian Deng


Wild Elephants, Sumatran Rhinos, Malayan Bears, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Lizards, Tigers, Leopards, Turtles and many kinds of snakes live in Malaysia, but encounters with many of them are more than unlikely.


'green' by Fulvio Pellegrini


The most common objects of observation are thus various species of birds and insects.


'Rendezvous' by Antoine Dagobert


For animal lovers, a visit to one of the orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centres in Sabah, on the island of Borneo, is worthwhile.

Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy consisting of thirteen states and three federal territories, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan Island.

The eleven states and two components of the Federal Territory (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) lie on the Malay Peninsula and together occupy just over one third of the area of the entire country. Nearly two-thirds of the territory is in East Malaysia on Borneo Island, which consists of two large states (Sarawak and Sabah) and one tiny Federal Territory of Labuan.


'Morning paddle around Timbun Manta island in North Borneo' by Muhammad Rais Sanuasi


The nine peninsular states are still headed by historical hereditary rulers bearing the title of Sultan. These nine rulers always elect one from their midst for a five-year term as "supreme ruler", the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, i.e., the King of Malaysia.
There is always only one candidate - in the first "round", which began in 1957 after independence, the order of states was determined by how long each monarch had already ruled their states, from the oldest in seniority to the youngest. The order has been followed in the second rotation, which began with the tenth king in 1994.
The powers of the Malaysian king are not very great, as the executive power is in the hands of the government headed by the prime minister. However, it is the Prime Minister who appoints the King.


Of Malaysia's current population of over thirty-four million, 55% are ethnic Malays, 21% are ethnic Chinese, about 7% are ethnic Indians, and about 8% are indigenous non-Malays concentrated mainly in Sarawak (Iban, Bidajuh and other ethnic groups) and Sabah (Kadazan-Dusun and many others), and 9% are foreigners.


'The World of Sea Gipsy' by Muslianshah Masrie


Malaysian cuisine is based on three main ethnic groups, including Malays, Indians and Chinese. They all have their own specific cuisines that are intertwined with the others. There are also influences from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. With this diverse mix, Malaysia is literally a foodie's paradise and eating well here is really no problem.


'Horse mackerel' by Jordan Lye


The weather in Malaysia is temperature stable throughout the year, although the country is classified as a tropical country and the temperature fluctuates in "constant" numbers wherever we move. Expect a daily temperature between 28 - 35°C at any one time, and on any one day.

Malaysia has a lot to offer to visitors - rich culture, modern architecture, mosques and temples, beautiful nature, animals one will not see anywhere else, emerald sea, white beaches and good-hearted people.

Following an outlook of some of the destinations that are worth visiting while travelling in Malaysia.


Kuala Lumpur
Everyone knows the view of the two modern skyscrapers Petronas Towers, 452 m high. Until 2004, they were the tallest buildings in the world.


'Kuala Lumpur' by Robert Fudali

Telecommunications Tower, Menara KL, a 421 m high tower with a viewing platform at 276 m.


A lively Chinatown with a tangle of alleys, colourful houses and a beautiful art-deco market.


'Chinatown' by Fulvio Pellegrini


Kampung Baru
Kampung Baru is a district with a sleepy atmosphere, where you will find traditional Malay wooden houses. The main centre of the city is Merdeka Square (Independence Square) and the area around the Masjid Jamek Mosque.

Also of interest is the old colonial railway station and the nearby Masjid Negara (National Mosque) with its 73-metre-high minaret.


The newest attraction in Kuala Lumpur is the Merdeka 118, the second tallest skyscraper in the world. The tip of the 118-storey building rises 679 metres above the ground and the imposing structure, resembling a sapphire blue crystal, was finished during the last year (2022).


'Blue wonder' by Miro Susta

In terms of height, Merdeka 118 surpasses China's Shanghai Tower (which is 632 metres) and is overshadowed only by the current tallest building, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai.


Batu Caves
Hindu cave temple on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur is accessible by commuter train from Kuala Lumpur. The 43-metre-high golden statue of Murugan, the god of war and victory, is sure to catch the first eye.


'Murugan Statue' by Miro Susta


From there, there are 272 steps to climb to the entrance of the main cave, which can be quite a challenge in the tropical heat, but it is possible to cool off in the bowels of the limestone mountain.



Although the status of the capital of Malaysia remains Kuala Lumpur, in the future Putrajaya, just twenty-five kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur, will play a more significant role as a financial and commercial hub of the country.
Putrajaya is a city with many gardens, but also with a sophisticated information and communication network based on modern technology. That is why the Malaysians like to call it the first "Intelligent Garden City". The Prime Minister’s Office dominates the centre of the city, the so-called Perdana Putra, with its large blue dome and the interestingly conceived main mosque - the Putra Mosque (Masjid Putrajaya).


'Masjid Putrajaya' by Jesús M. García


Its architecture incorporates the styles of other Muslim countries: Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Morocco. One hundred and sixteen metres high minaret was designed on the model of the minaret of Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad. The mosque is designed for fifteen thousand worshippers.

The ambition of the Malaysians is evidenced by the fact that along with Putrajaya, its "twin" is still emerging five kilometres away: Cyberjaya, the Malaysian equivalent of the American Silicon Valley! Cyberjaya has been under construction since 1999. The word "Jaya" present in the names of both new towns means "success" in Malay.


Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands is a mountain (1'760 m above sea level) with a well-known resort and amusement park about 50 km northeast of Kuala Lumpur near the border between the states of Selangor and Pahang - and the only place in Malaysia where gambling is officially allowed.

The Genting Skyway is the newer cable car that was launched in 1997 to take visitors up to the hotels and amusement parks at the top of the mountain. Until then, there was only the Awana Skyway, which was a bit out of the way. In its early days, it was Asia's longest and fastest cable car.


'heaven way’s' by Cuandi Kuo


The 3.4-km-long cable car climbs nine hundred metres in altitude. The ride in one of the one hundred gondolas, which travel at 21.6 km per hour, takes about 11 minutes.


The town of Malacca is an important historical seaport which, in addition to Malay influences, has been shaped by the presence of Portuguese, Dutch, British, but also Indians and Chinese, whose descendants still make up a large part of the local population.


'I’m feel the songs' by Che Abu Bakar


This cosmopolitan history has also had a significant impact on the architecture of this port city. From 1826, Malacca, along with Penang and Singapore, was part of the British colony of the Straits Settlements. In 2008, the historic part of Malacca, along with George Town, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Located on east coast of Penang Island, connected by 13.5 km long bridge with the mainland, Georgetown was the first place in Southeast Asia to be administered by the British from 1786.


'Solar Eclipse 2016' by Jordan Lye


Even a "mere" stroll through the town will be an experience, with its many well-preserved colonial houses with colourful facades. It is worth venturing a little outside the city to the Penang Hill, admire the beauty of the Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple and the botanical gardens.


'Malaysia Penang Hill at Night' by Jordan Lye


Food lovers and gourmets will not regret a visit either, as George Town is a jewel of Malaysian cuisine.


Cameron Highlands
The green tea fields in the middle of Malaysia at an altitude of about 1,200 to 2,100 m above sea level, where the climate is cooler, are so unusual that Malaysians themselves come to see them.


'Cameron Highlands' by Den Law


In 1885, British surveyor William Cameron, after whom the highlands are named, discovered this area.


Taman Negara National Park
Tamann Negara, a 130-million-year-old rainforest, one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, is in the centre of the Malay Peninsula, about 250 km road distance of Kuala Lumpur and only 500 km north of the equator.


'What are you looking for?' by Miro Susta


It enjoys a hot humid tropical climate. The highest mountain not only in the park, but also in the whole peninsula, is Mt. Tahan, 2,187 m above sea level.
It is home to leopards, tigers, rhinos, elephant monkeys, tapirs and more than two hundred other species of mammals.


The archipelago in the northwest of Malaysia, which includes more than one hundred islands, is a paradise for tourists. The largest and most visited island is Pulau Langkawi. The name Langkawi means red-brown eagle, as the sea eagle that lives here is the main symbol of the island.


'Langkawi Eagle' by Ranageeb


The islands have plenty of year-round moisture, which is why you will find rainforests, emerald lakes, mangrove forests, as well as the typical fields of Asian farmers. The one of the main reasons to come here are of course the white beaches, which will not be as crowded as in nearby Thailand, the turquoise sea, the excellent cuisine and the beautiful nature.


'Running Free' by Kieron Long


The great attraction of the island is the cable car to the Gunung Mat Cincang mountain and the 125 mm long and 100 m high Langkawi Sky Jungle Bridge, one of the longest curved suspension bridges in the world. Add to that the duty-free zone, which means one can get the cheapest alcohol in all of Asia.


Mt. Kinabalu
Located in the province of Sabah, Mt. Kinabalu is not only the highest mountain on the island of Borneo, but also the highest summit in Malaysia and in the whole of Southeast Asia, at an altitude of 4,095 m above sea level.


'Mount Kinabalu' by Patrizia Soon

Mt. Kinabalu is considered to be one of the easiest four-thousanders to climb.
The hike is usually split into two days with an overnight stay at one of the trekking lodges. It is best to reach the top of the mountain at sunrise, which offers a magnificent natural sunrise scenery and if the weather is clear, one can see from the summit as far as Philippines.


Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Borneo is home to many species of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. But the beautiful dense rainforest is slowly disappearing and so is the life in it. That is why conservationists have built an orangutan rehabilitation centre, an orangutan orphanage, less than 30 km from the town of Sandakan in northern Borneo. Its main aim is to care for injured or young orangutans found on nearby plantations or confiscated from smugglers, poachers and animal traffickers, and then return them to the wild.
The facility is part of a large sanctuary that is home to dozens of orangutans ranging from tiny babies to old clan leaders.


'After a playful day (Orangutan baby)' by Antje Werner-Braun


For visitors, there is a wooden walkway in the first part of the reserve that takes visitors through the jungle to an observation platform close to where orangutans are "fed" about twice a day.


A Golfer's Paradise.
Malaysians are crazy about golf. There are more than two hundred high-quality golf courses throughout the country, most of which offer the priciest golf rates in all of Asia.


'On the round' by Miro Susta

Many golfers, especially from Europe, Japan and South Korea, fly to Malaysia every year for their game of golf.

Malaysia truly Asia
According to Tourism Malaysia, the slogan portrays the essence of the country's unique diversity and sums up the distinctiveness and allure of Malaysia that make it an exceptional tourist destination where all the colours, flavours, sounds and sights of Asia come together.


'City lights' by Miro Susta


In short, Malaysia has a lot to offer to both the adventurous and those who want to relax on the beach.  
What is more, English is easily spoken around the country. And Malaysia is also a photographer's paradise.


'River flows in you' by Jordan Lye


There is no reason to say no to Malaysia. I lived there for many years and it never let me down.
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Thanks a lot for the article and the collection of the beautiful works! I had visited the country many years ago before I started photographing landscapes seriously. It is a great country! Appreciate your works.
Thank you very much for your kind appreciation dear Wanghan, we are glad to see that you like it
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Many wonderful works that deeply touch people's hearts. The beauty of natural light is very attractive. I also deeply felt that this is a valuable piece of work that captures the nostalgic splendor of Asia, the locations that I would like to preserve in the future, and the smiles of the people who live there. Thank you very much for introducing this wonderful work.
Many thanks for your great words of praise dear Miharu
Beautiful selection, stories and information !! ... by the way many thanks for sharing some of my shoots of my personal experience in your country
Thank you very much for your appreciation Fulvio.
Thank you, an immensely informative and enjoyable article and images!
Many thanks for your words of praise Patrick
Thank You for the opportunity, It is a great article, and I am deeply honored.
Many thanks Muhammad
Thank you for this article, so full of content and so well illustrated. Congratulations to the authors of the beautiful images
Many thanks for your nice words of appreciation dear Montserrat
Thank you for featuring two of my photos to accompany this great article. I am deeply honoured.
You are welcome Kieron, thanks for your nice words
Many thanks Eduardo