About

Born and raised in the mountains of Switzerland, I started my expat life in 2003 and spent my time between China and North America.

I have a BA in Chinese Studies and History of Religions and a MA in Environmental Studies. Over the past 12+ years, I have traveled extensively throughout China, conducted academic research and fieldwork in remote parts of the country, designed and lead travel itineraries for clients, and worked for several years as a project manager in the import / export industry.

Over the past couple of years, I have traveled to more than 60 ancient villages and alternative travel destinations in southwest China. When I created this website, Travel Cathay, my main goal was to introduce to foreign travelers this alternative travel destinations and show that there is an authentic China beyond the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the pandas of Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing.

If you want to say hello, you may contact me