Stef Hoffer

Stef Hoffer

Stef Hoffer

Traveling filmmaker, interested in the world but Asia and the Middle East in particular. Thanks for watching!
For footage licensing/business inquiries, please email stefhoffer(at)outlook(dot)com

Jeddah Old City Al Balad - History in Saudi Arabia جدة المملكة العربية السعودية البلد‎

 Al Balad is known as the Old City of Jeddah. It has a unique atmosphere with pedestrians only streets, and historic architecture. Its main drawcard is the splendid architecture of old multi-story merchant houses, built from local material including coral. The first structures were built in the 7th century and served as the center of Jeddah for many centuries. In modern times, the area became less popular, and many buildings were neglected. However, Al Balad was granted Unesco World Heritage status in 2014, and has seen a revival in activity since. Today, many buildings are being renovated and restored, attracting people from all generations and walks of life. These are scenes that I filmed on my two week journey across Saudi Arabia. I also uploaded a 6 part vlog style series that you can watch here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above, click here: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/

Jeddah Old City Al Balad - History in Saudi Arabia جدة المملكة العربية السعودية البلد‎

 Před 3 dny

 Al Balad is known as the Old City of Jeddah. It has a unique atmosphere with pedestrians only streets, and historic architecture. Its main drawcard is the splendid architecture of old multi-story merchant houses, built from local material including coral. The first structures were built in the 7th century and served as the center of Jeddah for many centuries. In modern times, the area became less popular, and many buildings were neglected. However, Al Balad was granted Unesco World Heritage status in 2014, and has seen a revival in activity since. Today, many buildings are being renovated and restored, attracting people from all generations and walks of life. These are scenes that I filmed on my two week journey across Saudi Arabia. I also uploaded a 6 part vlog style series that you can watch here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above, click here: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/

Saudi Arabia from Above - An Aerial Drone Film المملكة العربية السعودية جوي طائرة بدون طيار فيلم

 Did you ever see Saudi Arabia from above? In this short film, I travel through the country and explore some beautiful regions with a drone. Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks. I also brought a small drone and captured shots from several regions, including: Riyadh, the Edge of the World, parts of the desert, Al Ula (camel races), Jeddah, the road to Mecca, Umluj and the Red Sea, and the ruins of Khaybar city. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ I also edited a 6 episode vlog style series previously about my travels through Saudi Arabia. Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html

Saudi Arabia from Above - An Aerial Drone Film المملكة العربية السعودية جوي طائرة بدون طيار فيلم

 Před 10 dny

 Did you ever see Saudi Arabia from above? In this short film, I travel through the country and explore some beautiful regions with a drone. Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks. I also brought a small drone and captured shots from several regions, including: Riyadh, the Edge of the World, parts of the desert, Al Ula (camel races), Jeddah, the road to Mecca, Umluj and the Red Sea, and the ruins of Khaybar city. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ I also edited a 6 episode vlog style series previously about my travels through Saudi Arabia. Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html

Jeddah City Tour - The Liberal Saudi Arabia? Middle East Travel جدة مدينة المملكة العربية السعودية

 Welcome to Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. A more liberal and cosmopolitan city than other parts of the country? I traveled here on the last leg of my journey and visited the stunning Unesco World Heritage Al Balad area, the bustling Central Fish Market, a modern shopping mall, and the beautiful Cornice stretching for kilometers along the Red Sea Coast. A personal tour through a fascinating city. This is the last episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For previous episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above, click here: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Jeddah City Tour - The Liberal Saudi Arabia? Middle East Travel جدة مدينة المملكة العربية السعودية

 Před 17 dny

 Welcome to Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. A more liberal and cosmopolitan city than other parts of the country? I traveled here on the last leg of my journey and visited the stunning Unesco World Heritage Al Balad area, the bustling Central Fish Market, a modern shopping mall, and the beautiful Cornice stretching for kilometers along the Red Sea Coast. A personal tour through a fascinating city. This is the last episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For previous episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above, click here: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia - Middle East Travel سباق الهجن المملكة العربية السعودية رياضة

 Camel racing holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Saudi people. The origin of the sport dates back as far as the 7th century. These days, the camel races seem ever more popular, as a symbol of wealth and a celebration of traditional culture. While traveling through Saudi Arabia, I was lucky enough to come across a local camel race near the town of Al Ula, where I was provided with a unique insight into the sport by the friendly camel owners and handlers. I was invited to watch the races inside a jeep, and also filmed some aerial drone shots. This is the fifth episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia - Middle East Travel سباق الهجن المملكة العربية السعودية رياضة

 Před 24 dny

 Camel racing holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Saudi people. The origin of the sport dates back as far as the 7th century. These days, the camel races seem ever more popular, as a symbol of wealth and a celebration of traditional culture. While traveling through Saudi Arabia, I was lucky enough to come across a local camel race near the town of Al Ula, where I was provided with a unique insight into the sport by the friendly camel owners and handlers. I was invited to watch the races inside a jeep, and also filmed some aerial drone shots. This is the fifth episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Middle East Travel - Tropical Paradise in Saudi Arabia? Umluj islands أملج المملكة العربية السعودية

 Umluj is an island group on the tropical Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia. It is known for its unspoiled islands and beautiful beaches. There are a total of 104 islands here, varying in size. Some people have nicknamed Umluj as the Maldives of Saudi Arabia. In this video, I travel to the islands with a local fisherman, and explore the islands from various angles. This is the fourth episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Middle East Travel - Tropical Paradise in Saudi Arabia? Umluj islands أملج المملكة العربية السعودية

 Před měsícem

 Umluj is an island group on the tropical Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia. It is known for its unspoiled islands and beautiful beaches. There are a total of 104 islands here, varying in size. Some people have nicknamed Umluj as the Maldives of Saudi Arabia. In this video, I travel to the islands with a local fisherman, and explore the islands from various angles. This is the fourth episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Medina as Non Muslim - Solo Travel in Saudi Arabia المدينة المنورة المملكة العربية السعودية أجنبي

 Medina is the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca, and one of the most visited places in Saudi Arabia. As a non Muslim, it was unsure whether I could travel to the city center, reading conflicting reports beforehand. I decided to check for myself, and found that I was allowed to visit everywhere, except inside the main mosque, the Al Masjid an Nawabi. Medina is known as the City of the Prophet, and considered the second holiest site in Islam after Mecca. This is where Islam’s main Prophet, Muhammad, lived and was eventually laid to rest. All able Muslims are supposed to make the journey to Medina and Mecca once in their life. This is the third episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of the religion of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Medina as Non Muslim - Solo Travel in Saudi Arabia المدينة المنورة المملكة العربية السعودية أجنبي

 Před měsícem

 Medina is the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca, and one of the most visited places in Saudi Arabia. As a non Muslim, it was unsure whether I could travel to the city center, reading conflicting reports beforehand. I decided to check for myself, and found that I was allowed to visit everywhere, except inside the main mosque, the Al Masjid an Nawabi. Medina is known as the City of the Prophet, and considered the second holiest site in Islam after Mecca. This is where Islam’s main Prophet, Muhammad, lived and was eventually laid to rest. All able Muslims are supposed to make the journey to Medina and Mecca once in their life. This is the third episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html For a view of Saudi Arabia from above: ch-me.org/videos/video-G5KCKKia61o.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled solo to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, Jeddah and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of the religion of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Saudi Arabia Desert - Edge of the World Day Trip from Riyadh 🇸🇦 المملكة العربية السعودي سياحة

 In this second episode of my journey through Saudi Arabia I travel to the Edge of the World, located in the rocky deserts, an adventurous day trip from Riyadh. This is arguably one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Saudi Arabia, and part of the much larger Tuwaiq Escarpment. It earned its nickname because of the clear uninterrupted views of the horizon. I traveled here with a tourist guide (Mr. Ismael) who explained me more about this fascinating place. There are no clear pathways and signs, so if you travel to this region please be very careful. After hiking around the Edge of the World, we also visited a cave hidden in the ground, and eventually a camel market on the way back to Riyadh. This is the second episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Jeddah, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ in the Middle East for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Saudi Arabia Desert - Edge of the World Day Trip from Riyadh 🇸🇦 المملكة العربية السعودي سياحة

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 In this second episode of my journey through Saudi Arabia I travel to the Edge of the World, located in the rocky deserts, an adventurous day trip from Riyadh. This is arguably one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Saudi Arabia, and part of the much larger Tuwaiq Escarpment. It earned its nickname because of the clear uninterrupted views of the horizon. I traveled here with a tourist guide (Mr. Ismael) who explained me more about this fascinating place. There are no clear pathways and signs, so if you travel to this region please be very careful. After hiking around the Edge of the World, we also visited a cave hidden in the ground, and eventually a camel market on the way back to Riyadh. This is the second episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 1 - One Day in Riyadh: ch-me.org/videos/video-ollH45NDXu0.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Jeddah, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, and the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ in the Middle East for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Saudi Arabia Travel - One Day in Riyadh 🇸🇦 المملكة العربية السعودية مدينة الرياض السفر سياحة أجنبي

 Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Jeddah, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, and the Red Sea coast. In this video I travel to Riyadh, the capital city in the center of the country. After visiting a mosque for Friday prayer and eating lunch with the locals, I tour to modern shopping malls, museums, traditional bazaars, a construction site with migrant workers, the famous Sky Bridge Kingdom Tower, and finally the Riyadh Season Festival, designed to promote tourism and culture. While I spent almost 3 days in Riyadh, I comprised the video to make it into one single day. This is the first episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Saudi Arabia Travel - One Day in Riyadh 🇸🇦 المملكة العربية السعودية مدينة الرياض السفر سياحة أجنبي

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 Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Jeddah, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, and the Red Sea coast. In this video I travel to Riyadh, the capital city in the center of the country. After visiting a mosque for Friday prayer and eating lunch with the locals, I tour to modern shopping malls, museums, traditional bazaars, a construction site with migrant workers, the famous Sky Bridge Kingdom Tower, and finally the Riyadh Season Festival, designed to promote tourism and culture. While I spent almost 3 days in Riyadh, I comprised the video to make it into one single day. This is the first episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here: Episode 2 - Journey to the Edge of the World: ch-me.org/videos/video-CZAn_fcc96w.html Episode 3 - Medina as Non Muslim: ch-me.org/videos/video-9np1b4C3XnE.html Episode 4 - Umluj Islands in the Red Sea: ch-me.org/videos/video-pENDOEzqRFM.html Episode 5 - Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia: ch-me.org/videos/video-9troDjhph2M.html Episode 6 - Jeddah City Tour: ch-me.org/videos/video-kqvDL68JrmI.html Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.

Impressions of Cuba - Travel to the Caribbean Islands

 Impressions of Cuba, from the narrow cobblestone streets of Trinidad, the tobacco industry in rural Vinales, the lively alleys of old Havana, sugarcane harvest in the central area of the island, nightlife in the bigger and smaller cities, generally a glimpse into the daily lives of the average Cuban as it is playing out on the streets. Since tensions between Cuba and the United States eased recently, the country has seen an increase in popularity. Numbers of visitors are expected to rise, while large scale investment and the advent of internet are set to make big changes in Cuban society. Contrasts between old and new are visible everywhere.

Impressions of Cuba - Travel to the Caribbean Islands

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 Impressions of Cuba, from the narrow cobblestone streets of Trinidad, the tobacco industry in rural Vinales, the lively alleys of old Havana, sugarcane harvest in the central area of the island, nightlife in the bigger and smaller cities, generally a glimpse into the daily lives of the average Cuban as it is playing out on the streets. Since tensions between Cuba and the United States eased recently, the country has seen an increase in popularity. Numbers of visitors are expected to rise, while large scale investment and the advent of internet are set to make big changes in Cuban society. Contrasts between old and new are visible everywhere.

Israel & the West Bank

 Israel and the Palestinian Territories (including the West Bank) are located at the intersection of Asia, Europe, and Africa, in both geographical and cultural terms. The country, officially the State of Israel, has for centuries been a meeting place of cultures, empires, and religions. Today, the region is split into three distinct sections, although all three are mostly administered by Israel. This video shows some footage that was shot in Israel and the West Bank in October and November of 2016. Due to security concerns, it was not possible to visit the Gaza strip. The clip is not an attempt to convey any political or religious message, just a portrayal of some of the topics I came across. You will find material from: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Golan Heights (all in Israel proper), and Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea (West Bank). Thanks for watching. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Israel & the West Bank

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 Israel and the Palestinian Territories (including the West Bank) are located at the intersection of Asia, Europe, and Africa, in both geographical and cultural terms. The country, officially the State of Israel, has for centuries been a meeting place of cultures, empires, and religions. Today, the region is split into three distinct sections, although all three are mostly administered by Israel. This video shows some footage that was shot in Israel and the West Bank in October and November of 2016. Due to security concerns, it was not possible to visit the Gaza strip. The clip is not an attempt to convey any political or religious message, just a portrayal of some of the topics I came across. You will find material from: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Golan Heights (all in Israel proper), and Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Jericho, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea (West Bank). Thanks for watching. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Jerusalem - Sukkot at the Western Wall

 The Western Wall in Jerusalem marks one of the holiest spots in Judaism, and (due to political reasons) is the holiest place where Jewish people can pray. At certain times the wall feels somewhat like an 'open air synagogue', as men and women (separated in different sections) come here to pray. Priestly blessings take place on a daily basis in most synagogues across Israel. Twice a year, however, a mass priestly blessing is held at the Western Wall (Birkat Kohanim). Tens of thousands of people gather to take part in this event. This video was made during the Sukkot holiday in 2016, and shows some of the atmosphere during the Birkat Kohanim.

Jerusalem - Sukkot at the Western Wall

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 The Western Wall in Jerusalem marks one of the holiest spots in Judaism, and (due to political reasons) is the holiest place where Jewish people can pray. At certain times the wall feels somewhat like an 'open air synagogue', as men and women (separated in different sections) come here to pray. Priestly blessings take place on a daily basis in most synagogues across Israel. Twice a year, however, a mass priestly blessing is held at the Western Wall (Birkat Kohanim). Tens of thousands of people gather to take part in this event. This video was made during the Sukkot holiday in 2016, and shows some of the atmosphere during the Birkat Kohanim.

China From Above

 China is a vast country with a seemingly endless variety of landscapes. From the modern skylines of Shanghai and Hong Kong to the ancient city walls of Xi'an, the former capital of the 'Middle Kingdom'. Imposing rice terraces contrast with stark desert scenery, massive coal factories rub shoulders with newly built cities. I have been privileged to visit China a number of times in the last decade or so, usually with a photo- and or video camera in hand, trying to capture glimpses of this ever evolving nation. Earlier this year, I took the opportunity to travel across the country for another 3 months, focusing primarily on aerial photography and filming. This little adventure took me from the Northern 'rust belt provinces' to the beautiful mountain landscapes of national parks like Zhangjiajie (often named as an inspiration for the popular Avatar movie) and Jiuzhaigou. I also visited some cities to gain an aerial perspective of China's urban development, and came across several major infrastructure projects. The rural backwaters in Guangxi province were a personal favorite to explore, with the surreal Dragon's Backbone rice terraces and karst scenery around Guilin. I edited some of this material into one single clip, trying to show some of the diversity I came across. The drone I traveled around with was the DJI Phantom 4. You will find footage from the following places in this clip (in no particular order): Zhangjiajie national park, the Yangtze River (Three Gorges), Dunhuang (sand dunes and solar panels), Guazhou (wind turbines), Hebei province (Great Wall of China), Dazhai (Dragon's Backbone rice terraces), Fujian province (Hakka 'tulou' round houses), Pingyao, Changsha (Mao Zedong memorial), Liaoning province (several industrial sites and 'ghost cities'), Guangzhou (Evergrande football stadium), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jishou (Aizhai bridge), Hainan island, Chongqing, Guilin, Jiuzhaigou national park, Zhengzhou, Linxia (golden domed mosque), Zhangye national park, Macau, Hukou waterfalls, and Shenzhen. Comments and suggestions are always appreciated, thanks for watching! Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media Footage in this clip is available for licensing via: Pond5: www.pond5.com/artist/stefhoffer#1/2063/china,drone Shutterstock: goo.gl/lwUxXy Videoblocks: vblocks.co/x/ChinaFromAbove

China From Above

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 China is a vast country with a seemingly endless variety of landscapes. From the modern skylines of Shanghai and Hong Kong to the ancient city walls of Xi'an, the former capital of the 'Middle Kingdom'. Imposing rice terraces contrast with stark desert scenery, massive coal factories rub shoulders with newly built cities. I have been privileged to visit China a number of times in the last decade or so, usually with a photo- and or video camera in hand, trying to capture glimpses of this ever evolving nation. Earlier this year, I took the opportunity to travel across the country for another 3 months, focusing primarily on aerial photography and filming. This little adventure took me from the Northern 'rust belt provinces' to the beautiful mountain landscapes of national parks like Zhangjiajie (often named as an inspiration for the popular Avatar movie) and Jiuzhaigou. I also visited some cities to gain an aerial perspective of China's urban development, and came across several major infrastructure projects. The rural backwaters in Guangxi province were a personal favorite to explore, with the surreal Dragon's Backbone rice terraces and karst scenery around Guilin. I edited some of this material into one single clip, trying to show some of the diversity I came across. The drone I traveled around with was the DJI Phantom 4. You will find footage from the following places in this clip (in no particular order): Zhangjiajie national park, the Yangtze River (Three Gorges), Dunhuang (sand dunes and solar panels), Guazhou (wind turbines), Hebei province (Great Wall of China), Dazhai (Dragon's Backbone rice terraces), Fujian province (Hakka 'tulou' round houses), Pingyao, Changsha (Mao Zedong memorial), Liaoning province (several industrial sites and 'ghost cities'), Guangzhou (Evergrande football stadium), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jishou (Aizhai bridge), Hainan island, Chongqing, Guilin, Jiuzhaigou national park, Zhengzhou, Linxia (golden domed mosque), Zhangye national park, Macau, Hukou waterfalls, and Shenzhen. Comments and suggestions are always appreciated, thanks for watching! Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media Footage in this clip is available for licensing via: Pond5: www.pond5.com/artist/stefhoffer#1/2063/china,drone Shutterstock: goo.gl/lwUxXy Videoblocks: vblocks.co/x/ChinaFromAbove

Rural China from the Sky

 Rice is the quintessential staple dish in most Asian countries and China is no exception. Rice fields are found across the country, from the plain waterways of Zhejiang province to the mountainous regions in Guangxi, boasting some of the most picturesque terraced paddy fields in the world. Guangxi is where Longji (Dragon's Backbone) rice terraces are located. The area has been a crucial part of the agricultural sector in the region, and is now also becoming a popular tourist attraction. With an altitude ranging from 300 to 1100 meters, the rice terraces dominate the surrounding hills. Several small villages (such as Dazhai) are linked via small pathways, although development is underway for several narrow roads. A little further in the video you will find shots of the so called 'Fujian tulou'. These are traditional Chinese rural dwellings, built by the Hakka people between the 12th and 20th centuries. The structure itself is a large enclosed and fortified earthen building, mostly round or rectangular in shape. Tulou vary in size, the largest have over 100 separate rooms. Many of the buildings were also constructed as an effective stronghold for defense against armed bandits that roamed the region in previous centuries. These clips were shot on the DJI Phantom 4 earlier this year, mostly in the Guilin, Yangshuo, and Dazhai region in Guangxi, as well as around Yongding county in Fujian province. Music: 'Days are long' from CH-me royalty free audio library. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rural China from the Sky

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 Rice is the quintessential staple dish in most Asian countries and China is no exception. Rice fields are found across the country, from the plain waterways of Zhejiang province to the mountainous regions in Guangxi, boasting some of the most picturesque terraced paddy fields in the world. Guangxi is where Longji (Dragon's Backbone) rice terraces are located. The area has been a crucial part of the agricultural sector in the region, and is now also becoming a popular tourist attraction. With an altitude ranging from 300 to 1100 meters, the rice terraces dominate the surrounding hills. Several small villages (such as Dazhai) are linked via small pathways, although development is underway for several narrow roads. A little further in the video you will find shots of the so called 'Fujian tulou'. These are traditional Chinese rural dwellings, built by the Hakka people between the 12th and 20th centuries. The structure itself is a large enclosed and fortified earthen building, mostly round or rectangular in shape. Tulou vary in size, the largest have over 100 separate rooms. Many of the buildings were also constructed as an effective stronghold for defense against armed bandits that roamed the region in previous centuries. These clips were shot on the DJI Phantom 4 earlier this year, mostly in the Guilin, Yangshuo, and Dazhai region in Guangxi, as well as around Yongding county in Fujian province. Music: 'Days are long' from CH-me royalty free audio library. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rainbow mountains drone footage - travel China

 The Zhangye Danxia National Geopark is located in China's Northwestern Gansu province and is becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction. It is famous for its surreal looking rock formations and beautiful mountain landscape. The 'Rainbow Mountains' are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over the span of 24 million years according to some sources. Music credits: 'Delta' by Moonove via Creative Commons license. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rainbow mountains drone footage - travel China

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 The Zhangye Danxia National Geopark is located in China's Northwestern Gansu province and is becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction. It is famous for its surreal looking rock formations and beautiful mountain landscape. The 'Rainbow Mountains' are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over the span of 24 million years according to some sources. Music credits: 'Delta' by Moonove via Creative Commons license. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Great Wall of China - drone footage

 The Great Wall of China was built over 2000 years ago in the Qin dynasty, after China was unified under emperor Qin Shi Huang. Several existing walls built by independent kingdoms were linked. While the Great Wall never really served as the line of defence it was meant to become, it did prove a very efficient way to transport goods, equipment and people. Today, remains of the Wall can be found across China, decayed, renovated, or in some cases even completely rebuilt. This aerial video was shot in the Gubekou and Jinshanling sections of the Wall, about a 2 hour drive from Beijing. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Great Wall of China - drone footage

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 The Great Wall of China was built over 2000 years ago in the Qin dynasty, after China was unified under emperor Qin Shi Huang. Several existing walls built by independent kingdoms were linked. While the Great Wall never really served as the line of defence it was meant to become, it did prove a very efficient way to transport goods, equipment and people. Today, remains of the Wall can be found across China, decayed, renovated, or in some cases even completely rebuilt. This aerial video was shot in the Gubekou and Jinshanling sections of the Wall, about a 2 hour drive from Beijing. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Religion in Taiwan - Longshan temple Taipei

 Religion in Taiwan is mostly a mix between Taoism, Buddhism, and the belief system Confucianism. These would fall under the group of 'Chinese folk religions' and are widely practiced in Taiwan. The Longshan (Mountain dragon) temple is a good example of a temple where Chinese folk religion is practiced. The temple is a popular place of worship for many locals, who can attend regular public prayer sessions. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Religion in Taiwan - Longshan temple Taipei

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 Religion in Taiwan is mostly a mix between Taoism, Buddhism, and the belief system Confucianism. These would fall under the group of 'Chinese folk religions' and are widely practiced in Taiwan. The Longshan (Mountain dragon) temple is a good example of a temple where Chinese folk religion is practiced. The temple is a popular place of worship for many locals, who can attend regular public prayer sessions. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China - Robots & Technology trade show

 China is making great advances in technology and robotics. In 2015 I had a chance to visit two trade shows in China, one in Shanghai, and the other in Shenzhen. Both focused on robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, alternative energy, smart cities, and related topics. In this short video, you will see robots playing games against humans, robots drawing classic Chinese dragons, but also some electric vehicles, and people playing games with virtual reality glasses. It may provide a tiny glimpse into what the future could look like. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China - Robots & Technology trade show

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 China is making great advances in technology and robotics. In 2015 I had a chance to visit two trade shows in China, one in Shanghai, and the other in Shenzhen. Both focused on robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, alternative energy, smart cities, and related topics. In this short video, you will see robots playing games against humans, robots drawing classic Chinese dragons, but also some electric vehicles, and people playing games with virtual reality glasses. It may provide a tiny glimpse into what the future could look like. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China - army parade college students

 First year Chinese students of the Wuhan University take part in a large army parade at the start of the new semester. These types of military exercises take place across the country, and are meant to create companionship, increase discipline, and also to 'experience the hardship of former generations'. Usually led by military or navy drill sergeants, the training normally lasts one to two weeks. This is the second time I came across an event like this. 5 years ago I witnessed a similar parade in Qingdao, where I was studying at the time. Here's that short video: ch-me.org/videos/video-veCM7eAjmWc.html Music that was used: March of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China - army parade college students

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 First year Chinese students of the Wuhan University take part in a large army parade at the start of the new semester. These types of military exercises take place across the country, and are meant to create companionship, increase discipline, and also to 'experience the hardship of former generations'. Usually led by military or navy drill sergeants, the training normally lasts one to two weeks. This is the second time I came across an event like this. 5 years ago I witnessed a similar parade in Qingdao, where I was studying at the time. Here's that short video: ch-me.org/videos/video-veCM7eAjmWc.html Music that was used: March of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Ordos - China's most famous 'ghost city'

 Ordos is one of China's most well known 'ghost cities'. It has become an example of China's building surge in recent years. Lavish apartment buildings, multiple lane highways, sports stadiums, shopping malls are all found here. Yet, few of these amenities are used, simply because there are very few inhabitants. Some argue many of these 'ghost cities' will be populated in the future, others fear that it has been a way for the Chinese government to keep economic growth artificially high. In 2015, I spent 2 days strolling the streets of Ordos city and the Kangbashi new area. What I found mostly resembled my expectations, although it felt somewhat eerie at times to visit nearly empty shopping malls, and walk through the quiet streets. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Ordos - China's most famous 'ghost city'

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 Ordos is one of China's most well known 'ghost cities'. It has become an example of China's building surge in recent years. Lavish apartment buildings, multiple lane highways, sports stadiums, shopping malls are all found here. Yet, few of these amenities are used, simply because there are very few inhabitants. Some argue many of these 'ghost cities' will be populated in the future, others fear that it has been a way for the Chinese government to keep economic growth artificially high. In 2015, I spent 2 days strolling the streets of Ordos city and the Kangbashi new area. What I found mostly resembled my expectations, although it felt somewhat eerie at times to visit nearly empty shopping malls, and walk through the quiet streets. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Journey through Iran

 In late 2013 I had the chance to travel through Iran for around 5 weeks, a great possibility to see more of a country that captivated my attention in previous years. Mostly making headlines for all the wrong reasons, there had to be more to a country with such a long and diverse history. This travel video is a modest attempt to show some of the diversity that exists in Iran. It was edited in early 2014 and should be seen in a different (political) context than today's. The economic sanctions, that have recently been eased, were still very much in place. Many people were struggling to make a living, yet there always seemed a way to make things happen. The openess and welcoming attitude of the Iranian people were probably the things that most impressed me. Walking the ancient bazaars was a great way to meet people and talk about daily life. Almost everywhere I went, I was received with a smile and in many cases a fresh cup of tea. The video starts with a brief introduction of Iran's modern history. It then shows some different aspects of society, from the rural areas to the cities, from the country's broader economic picture to the role of religion. It is by no means an attempt to give a full overview of Iran. You would have to read dozens of books, watch countless documentaries, and do more research. The best advice I can give if you want to learn more about this fascinating country, however, is to visit for yourself. No doubt, you will be surprised. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Journey through Iran

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 In late 2013 I had the chance to travel through Iran for around 5 weeks, a great possibility to see more of a country that captivated my attention in previous years. Mostly making headlines for all the wrong reasons, there had to be more to a country with such a long and diverse history. This travel video is a modest attempt to show some of the diversity that exists in Iran. It was edited in early 2014 and should be seen in a different (political) context than today's. The economic sanctions, that have recently been eased, were still very much in place. Many people were struggling to make a living, yet there always seemed a way to make things happen. The openess and welcoming attitude of the Iranian people were probably the things that most impressed me. Walking the ancient bazaars was a great way to meet people and talk about daily life. Almost everywhere I went, I was received with a smile and in many cases a fresh cup of tea. The video starts with a brief introduction of Iran's modern history. It then shows some different aspects of society, from the rural areas to the cities, from the country's broader economic picture to the role of religion. It is by no means an attempt to give a full overview of Iran. You would have to read dozens of books, watch countless documentaries, and do more research. The best advice I can give if you want to learn more about this fascinating country, however, is to visit for yourself. No doubt, you will be surprised. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Visit to Macau

 Macau is a former Portuguese colony and now part of the People's Republic of China. It is a popular tourist destination, perhaps best known for its casinos. Gambling is officially illegal in mainland China, but not in Macau. As a result, many domestic Chinese come to Macau to gamble. This short video was shot on a day trip to Macau (from Hong Kong). I visited the historic old part of the city, and then had a look around the casinos (from the classic Lisboa Casino to the modern Venetian, the largest casino resort in the world). Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Visit to Macau

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 Macau is a former Portuguese colony and now part of the People's Republic of China. It is a popular tourist destination, perhaps best known for its casinos. Gambling is officially illegal in mainland China, but not in Macau. As a result, many domestic Chinese come to Macau to gamble. This short video was shot on a day trip to Macau (from Hong Kong). I visited the historic old part of the city, and then had a look around the casinos (from the classic Lisboa Casino to the modern Venetian, the largest casino resort in the world). Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China historic landmark - Birthplace of Mao Zedong

 Shaoshan is a small village of which tens of thousands exist across China. What sets Shaoshan apart, however, is that it is the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China. Despite the Great Helmsman's political miscalculations (that had severe social and economic implications for the Chinese people), Mao is still widely popular in the country. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China historic landmark - Birthplace of Mao Zedong

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 Shaoshan is a small village of which tens of thousands exist across China. What sets Shaoshan apart, however, is that it is the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China. Despite the Great Helmsman's political miscalculations (that had severe social and economic implications for the Chinese people), Mao is still widely popular in the country. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China Tourism - Ancient Fenghuang town

 Ancient Fenghuang, a village in central China, used to be a frontier town, separating the Han civilization from the Miao and Dong minorities. It was an important regional center for trade and cultural exchange. The riverside setting of the village, with its wooden stilt houses and narrow mysterious back alleys, makes it one of the most attractive places in the region. These days, it has become a major tourist destination. While some traditions remain, much of the town has been set up to cater for the influx of new visitors, in some ways changing the face of the village beyond recognition. Either way, Fenghuang provides an interesting glimpse of the many challenges and contrasts that exist in China today. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China Tourism - Ancient Fenghuang town

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 Ancient Fenghuang, a village in central China, used to be a frontier town, separating the Han civilization from the Miao and Dong minorities. It was an important regional center for trade and cultural exchange. The riverside setting of the village, with its wooden stilt houses and narrow mysterious back alleys, makes it one of the most attractive places in the region. These days, it has become a major tourist destination. While some traditions remain, much of the town has been set up to cater for the influx of new visitors, in some ways changing the face of the village beyond recognition. Either way, Fenghuang provides an interesting glimpse of the many challenges and contrasts that exist in China today. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China tourism - crowds of people visit Forbidden City

 The Forbidden City is the former imperial palace from the Ming dynasty until the Qing dynasty, ending in 1912. Located in the very center of today's Beijing, the Forbidden City attracts millions of visitors on a yearly basis. In recent times, the local government decided to cap the number of daily visitors to help alleviate the problem of overwhelming crowds during peak seasons. This video was shot in September 2015, on a relatively busy day in the City. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

China tourism - crowds of people visit Forbidden City

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 The Forbidden City is the former imperial palace from the Ming dynasty until the Qing dynasty, ending in 1912. Located in the very center of today's Beijing, the Forbidden City attracts millions of visitors on a yearly basis. In recent times, the local government decided to cap the number of daily visitors to help alleviate the problem of overwhelming crowds during peak seasons. This video was shot in September 2015, on a relatively busy day in the City. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Asia at night - time lapse travel

 A short night time lapse video of some of the largest cities in East Asia. You may recognize the following places: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Hanoi. I spent about 4 months traveling through this area, mostly shooting regular footage. Whenever I found some time, however, I decided to create some time lapses. All clips were shot on a Sony RX100 IV camera, and edited in Adobe Lightroom and Premiere CC. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Asia at night - time lapse travel

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 A short night time lapse video of some of the largest cities in East Asia. You may recognize the following places: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Hanoi. I spent about 4 months traveling through this area, mostly shooting regular footage. Whenever I found some time, however, I decided to create some time lapses. All clips were shot on a Sony RX100 IV camera, and edited in Adobe Lightroom and Premiere CC. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rural India

 India is a vast country with many different faces. This short video shows glimpses of life in the countryside, particularly of people at work. There are shots of people harvesting rice, milking buffaloes, planting potatoes, the Pushkar Camel Fair, tea plantations, and some other scenes. All material was shot in 2014 across India (including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Odisha. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rural India

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 India is a vast country with many different faces. This short video shows glimpses of life in the countryside, particularly of people at work. There are shots of people harvesting rice, milking buffaloes, planting potatoes, the Pushkar Camel Fair, tea plantations, and some other scenes. All material was shot in 2014 across India (including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Odisha. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Doha - Qatar

 A short impression of Qatar's capital Doha, made in January this year. There are shots from the city's skyline, the old dhow harbor, the West Bay financial district, traffic, construction sites, a jet ski competition, the Museum of Islamic Art, and more. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Doha - Qatar

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 A short impression of Qatar's capital Doha, made in January this year. There are shots from the city's skyline, the old dhow harbor, the West Bay financial district, traffic, construction sites, a jet ski competition, the Museum of Islamic Art, and more. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Dalai Lama public teaching in McLeod Ganj, India

 In October 2014 I was fortunate enough to attend a public teaching lesson of the Dalai Lama, held in his current home McLeod Ganj, India. These are some impressions of the lessons, which were open to the public (upon registration), and organized by a Taiwanese sponsor. Therefore you will also hear Chinese translations of the Dalai Lama's speech throughout the video. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Dalai Lama public teaching in McLeod Ganj, India

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 In October 2014 I was fortunate enough to attend a public teaching lesson of the Dalai Lama, held in his current home McLeod Ganj, India. These are some impressions of the lessons, which were open to the public (upon registration), and organized by a Taiwanese sponsor. Therefore you will also hear Chinese translations of the Dalai Lama's speech throughout the video. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Amritsar - Golden Temple

 The 'Harmandir Sahib', perhaps better known as the Golden Temple, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar in India. It is the spiritual center for those who follow Sikhism, a religion based on the principles of honesty, purity, equality of all religions, fidelity, and self control. The entire complex comprises of a large number of buildings, including the Golden Temple itself, guestrooms, a museum, and a big communal kitchen, the 'langar'. Providing free meals, the kitchen is open to people from all backgrounds and religions. It is estimated that between 60,000 and 80,000 pilgrims come to eat inside the langar after prayer every day. The footage in this clip was made in October 2014, on a visit to Amritsar and other parts of India. Shot on a Panasonic GH4. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Amritsar - Golden Temple

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 The 'Harmandir Sahib', perhaps better known as the Golden Temple, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar in India. It is the spiritual center for those who follow Sikhism, a religion based on the principles of honesty, purity, equality of all religions, fidelity, and self control. The entire complex comprises of a large number of buildings, including the Golden Temple itself, guestrooms, a museum, and a big communal kitchen, the 'langar'. Providing free meals, the kitchen is open to people from all backgrounds and religions. It is estimated that between 60,000 and 80,000 pilgrims come to eat inside the langar after prayer every day. The footage in this clip was made in October 2014, on a visit to Amritsar and other parts of India. Shot on a Panasonic GH4. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

 The Pashupatinath temple complex is located on the holy Bagmati river in Kathmandu, and is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Pilgrims from all over Nepal, and neighboring countries like India, come here to worship. The temple complex is also the final resting place for many Hindus, and public outdoor cremations are held in the temple complex on a daily basis. After the funerals, the remains of the cremated bodies are 'offered' to the sacred Bagmati river. Around the temple and on the complex itself reside many sadhus, these are religious ascetics or holy persons. Sadhus have important mythological and spiritual meaning, and dedicate their lives to achieving 'moksa' (liberation), through meditation and contemplation. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

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 The Pashupatinath temple complex is located on the holy Bagmati river in Kathmandu, and is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Pilgrims from all over Nepal, and neighboring countries like India, come here to worship. The temple complex is also the final resting place for many Hindus, and public outdoor cremations are held in the temple complex on a daily basis. After the funerals, the remains of the cremated bodies are 'offered' to the sacred Bagmati river. Around the temple and on the complex itself reside many sadhus, these are religious ascetics or holy persons. Sadhus have important mythological and spiritual meaning, and dedicate their lives to achieving 'moksa' (liberation), through meditation and contemplation. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Tibetan religion in Nepal - walk around the stupa

 Boudhanath is an important place of worship for Buddhists and Tibetans, and the largest stupa in Asia. It is located on the edges of Kathmandu in Nepal. This short video portrays a morning (and afternoon) walk around the stupa, where some of the daily rituals can be seen. Thousands of people visit the stupa every day, including Tibetan pilgrims, local monks, and tourists from around the world. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Tibetan religion in Nepal - walk around the stupa

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 Boudhanath is an important place of worship for Buddhists and Tibetans, and the largest stupa in Asia. It is located on the edges of Kathmandu in Nepal. This short video portrays a morning (and afternoon) walk around the stupa, where some of the daily rituals can be seen. Thousands of people visit the stupa every day, including Tibetan pilgrims, local monks, and tourists from around the world. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Bhaktapur - Nepal

 Bhaktapur is one of Nepal's ancient three cities, located in the Kathmandu Valley. Being a Unesco World Heritage site, it is known for its temples, religious architecture, and narrow cobblestone streets. Perhaps its most famous landmark is the Potters' Square, a small square used exclusively by potters. It is the heart of Bhaktapur's ceramic industry. Some of the monuments in this video may have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Bhaktapur - Nepal

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 Bhaktapur is one of Nepal's ancient three cities, located in the Kathmandu Valley. Being a Unesco World Heritage site, it is known for its temples, religious architecture, and narrow cobblestone streets. Perhaps its most famous landmark is the Potters' Square, a small square used exclusively by potters. It is the heart of Bhaktapur's ceramic industry. Some of the monuments in this video may have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Nepal - Better Days

 As you will know, Nepal got hit by a major earthquake in April 2015. In this tragic event, thousands of people lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands of Nepalis got affected. Many homes collapsed during the quake, trapping people who were caught in the disaster that happened in only a few moments. Villages near the epicenter were hit hard, but places in the Kathmandu Valley as well. In fact, the earthquake could be felt in neighboring countries like India, Bangladesh, and China, and claimed lives there too. In January of this year, I was fortunate enough to visit some of the beautiful historic and cultural places in Nepal, especially in the Kathmandu Valley. Many of the buildings are Unesco World Heritage sites. Many of these buildings also collapsed or got severely destroyed. Places like the Boudhanath stupa for its Buddhist culture, or the Pashupatinath temple complex for its importance in Hinduism, are landmarks in Kathmandu. This little clip shows some of these buildings, the streets, and people months before the earthquake happened. These were, so to speak, better days for Nepal. I hope this clip can somehow serve as a modest tribute to all those who are affected by the quake. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Nepal - Better Days

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 As you will know, Nepal got hit by a major earthquake in April 2015. In this tragic event, thousands of people lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands of Nepalis got affected. Many homes collapsed during the quake, trapping people who were caught in the disaster that happened in only a few moments. Villages near the epicenter were hit hard, but places in the Kathmandu Valley as well. In fact, the earthquake could be felt in neighboring countries like India, Bangladesh, and China, and claimed lives there too. In January of this year, I was fortunate enough to visit some of the beautiful historic and cultural places in Nepal, especially in the Kathmandu Valley. Many of the buildings are Unesco World Heritage sites. Many of these buildings also collapsed or got severely destroyed. Places like the Boudhanath stupa for its Buddhist culture, or the Pashupatinath temple complex for its importance in Hinduism, are landmarks in Kathmandu. This little clip shows some of these buildings, the streets, and people months before the earthquake happened. These were, so to speak, better days for Nepal. I hope this clip can somehow serve as a modest tribute to all those who are affected by the quake. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Dussehra Festival - Burning Ravana Effigies in Amritsar, Religion in India

 Dussehra is the final day of the Navaratri festival, one of the major Hindu religion festivals celebrated across India. It is essentially a battle of good versus evil, whereby the evil is depicted by the demon Ravana. All over India, and especially in the North, huge Ravana effigies are built in central areas of cities and towns. As the sun goes down, the effigies are set on fire, creating a massive display of fireworks. This video was made in October 2014 in Amritsar from a rooftop, overseeing a central park. Huge crowds gathered here to watch the giant puppets (effigies) explode. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Dussehra Festival - Burning Ravana Effigies in Amritsar, Religion in India

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 Dussehra is the final day of the Navaratri festival, one of the major Hindu religion festivals celebrated across India. It is essentially a battle of good versus evil, whereby the evil is depicted by the demon Ravana. All over India, and especially in the North, huge Ravana effigies are built in central areas of cities and towns. As the sun goes down, the effigies are set on fire, creating a massive display of fireworks. This video was made in October 2014 in Amritsar from a rooftop, overseeing a central park. Huge crowds gathered here to watch the giant puppets (effigies) explode. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Victory day of Bangladesh

 Victory Day in Bangladesh is a national holiday marking the victory of today's Bangladesh over Pakistan in 1971. The now independent countries were part of one governmental structure, headquartered in Islamabad, a political outcome of the demise of British India. A nine month bloody war was fought between West and East Pakistan, the latter being aided by Indian forces. It is estimated that around 3 million people have died in the 9 month long war, which eventually led to independence and recognition of a sovereign Bangladesh. The shots in this video were made during Victory Day in Dhaka, on 16 December 2014. This marked my first day in Bangladesh, and was an interesting and somewhat overwhelming introduction to the country and its recent history. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Victory day of Bangladesh

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 Victory Day in Bangladesh is a national holiday marking the victory of today's Bangladesh over Pakistan in 1971. The now independent countries were part of one governmental structure, headquartered in Islamabad, a political outcome of the demise of British India. A nine month bloody war was fought between West and East Pakistan, the latter being aided by Indian forces. It is estimated that around 3 million people have died in the 9 month long war, which eventually led to independence and recognition of a sovereign Bangladesh. The shots in this video were made during Victory Day in Dhaka, on 16 December 2014. This marked my first day in Bangladesh, and was an interesting and somewhat overwhelming introduction to the country and its recent history. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Dhaka - Bangladesh

 Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh. With an estimated 15.5 million people living in greater Dhaka, it is also the tenth largest city in the world. In December 2014, I spent several days in this city, and was at times overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the place. Gladly, the people I met along the way were usually incredibly friendly and helpful. In this video, there are shots of the Buriganga river that meanders through the city, clips from the streets, people at work, a shipyard, one of the busy bazaars, the Baital Mukarram mosque during Friday prayer, and Ramna Park where Dhaka's youth come to play cricket. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Dhaka - Bangladesh

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 Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh. With an estimated 15.5 million people living in greater Dhaka, it is also the tenth largest city in the world. In December 2014, I spent several days in this city, and was at times overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the place. Gladly, the people I met along the way were usually incredibly friendly and helpful. In this video, there are shots of the Buriganga river that meanders through the city, clips from the streets, people at work, a shipyard, one of the busy bazaars, the Baital Mukarram mosque during Friday prayer, and Ramna Park where Dhaka's youth come to play cricket. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran - Ashura in Zanjan

 Ashura marks the martyrdom of Imam Hossein and is the most intense, passionate date on the Shia Muslim calendar, particularly in Iran, where the vast majority of the people are Shia. It is celebrated with religious theatre and sombre parades, in which men self flagellate, and animals are sacrificed. But it is also a time of the year where people get together, at home and in the streets. The images in this video were taken on the streets of Zanjan, in Northwestern Iran, in 2013. All audio was recorded live at the scene. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran - Ashura in Zanjan

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 Ashura marks the martyrdom of Imam Hossein and is the most intense, passionate date on the Shia Muslim calendar, particularly in Iran, where the vast majority of the people are Shia. It is celebrated with religious theatre and sombre parades, in which men self flagellate, and animals are sacrificed. But it is also a time of the year where people get together, at home and in the streets. The images in this video were taken on the streets of Zanjan, in Northwestern Iran, in 2013. All audio was recorded live at the scene. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Visit to Qom - Iran

 Qom is located in Central Iran, just South of the capital Tehran. It is one of the holiest places in the country, and Shia scholars and students from around the world come here to study in the religious schools (madrasehs). Pilgrims visit the important Hazrat-e Masumeh, which is easily recognized as the centre piece of the city. I visited Qom in the days leading up to Ashura, the most important religious event on the Shia calender. The city seemed even busier than my guidebook had told me, and the emotions running through the shrine and beyond were overwhelming. Although somewhat off the general 'tourist radar', visiting Qom provided an interesting glimpse into the religious heartland of Iran, and therefore well worth the effort. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Visit to Qom - Iran

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 Qom is located in Central Iran, just South of the capital Tehran. It is one of the holiest places in the country, and Shia scholars and students from around the world come here to study in the religious schools (madrasehs). Pilgrims visit the important Hazrat-e Masumeh, which is easily recognized as the centre piece of the city. I visited Qom in the days leading up to Ashura, the most important religious event on the Shia calender. The city seemed even busier than my guidebook had told me, and the emotions running through the shrine and beyond were overwhelming. Although somewhat off the general 'tourist radar', visiting Qom provided an interesting glimpse into the religious heartland of Iran, and therefore well worth the effort. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rural Iran - Shots from the Countryside

 Iran is a vast country, with large cities, small villages, high mountains, and arid deserts. This video shows some of the rural places that I came across during a 5 week visit. Shepherds in the desert and on snowy hilltops, men making bread in a small village, women picking tomatoes in the fields, men collecting and processing wheat, and some more. Wheat, barley, and rice are major crops in Iran. But the wide range of temperatures and different climatic conditions make cultivation of large numbers of other crops possible as well. Fruits that are particularly popular are dates, figs, pomegranates, grapes and melons. Livestock is dominated by sheep, but also includes other animals such as goats and cattle. Since the 1990s, Iran has been self sufficient in food production, after a period of struggle and shrinking output. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Rural Iran - Shots from the Countryside

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 Iran is a vast country, with large cities, small villages, high mountains, and arid deserts. This video shows some of the rural places that I came across during a 5 week visit. Shepherds in the desert and on snowy hilltops, men making bread in a small village, women picking tomatoes in the fields, men collecting and processing wheat, and some more. Wheat, barley, and rice are major crops in Iran. But the wide range of temperatures and different climatic conditions make cultivation of large numbers of other crops possible as well. Fruits that are particularly popular are dates, figs, pomegranates, grapes and melons. Livestock is dominated by sheep, but also includes other animals such as goats and cattle. Since the 1990s, Iran has been self sufficient in food production, after a period of struggle and shrinking output. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran - Qeshm Island

 These are a collection of clips taken at Qeshm island, off the coast of Bandar Abbas in Southern Iran. Other than its attractive beaches and magrove forests, the island is also home to the minority Bandari people. Qeshm island retains some of the traditions that many other parts of the Persian Gulf have lost. In this video you will see the construction of old 'lenj' vessels, wooden cargo boats that used to criss cross the Gulf. There's also some shots of a small fishing village. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran - Qeshm Island

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 These are a collection of clips taken at Qeshm island, off the coast of Bandar Abbas in Southern Iran. Other than its attractive beaches and magrove forests, the island is also home to the minority Bandari people. Qeshm island retains some of the traditions that many other parts of the Persian Gulf have lost. In this video you will see the construction of old 'lenj' vessels, wooden cargo boats that used to criss cross the Gulf. There's also some shots of a small fishing village. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran traditional sports - Zurkhaneh training session

 Zurkhaneh means 'house of strength' in Farsi (Persian), and is a ancient sport in Iran. It is perhaps best described as a traditional style of body building. It is usually performed inside a covered structure, lit by a single opening in the ceiling. This video gives a quick impression of a training session inside the Saheb A Zaman Club Zurkhaneh in Yazd, in Central Iran. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran traditional sports - Zurkhaneh training session

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 Zurkhaneh means 'house of strength' in Farsi (Persian), and is a ancient sport in Iran. It is perhaps best described as a traditional style of body building. It is usually performed inside a covered structure, lit by a single opening in the ceiling. This video gives a quick impression of a training session inside the Saheb A Zaman Club Zurkhaneh in Yazd, in Central Iran. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran - Glimpses of Isfahan

 Isfahan (اصفهان in Farsi) is probably the number one tourist destination in Iran, and for good reason. The city has an incredible number of attractions to explore, and the people are generally friendly and welcoming. The majestic 'Naqsh-e Jahan Square' (also called Imam Square) is the centre piece of the city, and becomes a popular place to visit in the late afternoon, by both locals and visitors. The square is the second largest in the world (only Tiananmen in Beijing is bigger), and it is surrounded by beautiful mosques and buildings. Around the square lies the bazaar, another fascinating place to wander through. Getting lost is part of the fun, and you'll encounter plenty of curious Iranians for a chat or a fresh cup of tea. Other places that can be seen in this video include the bridges to the South of the city centre (the river is mostly dry these days, unfortunately), the Chehel Sotun palace, and production of 'gaz' (a refined version of nougat). These shots were made on a trip through Iran in October and November 2013, and only show a small part of the city. There is, indeed, a lot more to explore! Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran - Glimpses of Isfahan

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 Isfahan (اصفهان in Farsi) is probably the number one tourist destination in Iran, and for good reason. The city has an incredible number of attractions to explore, and the people are generally friendly and welcoming. The majestic 'Naqsh-e Jahan Square' (also called Imam Square) is the centre piece of the city, and becomes a popular place to visit in the late afternoon, by both locals and visitors. The square is the second largest in the world (only Tiananmen in Beijing is bigger), and it is surrounded by beautiful mosques and buildings. Around the square lies the bazaar, another fascinating place to wander through. Getting lost is part of the fun, and you'll encounter plenty of curious Iranians for a chat or a fresh cup of tea. Other places that can be seen in this video include the bridges to the South of the city centre (the river is mostly dry these days, unfortunately), the Chehel Sotun palace, and production of 'gaz' (a refined version of nougat). These shots were made on a trip through Iran in October and November 2013, and only show a small part of the city. There is, indeed, a lot more to explore! Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran Travel - Tehran City Tour

 Tehran is the largest city in Iran, and a fascinating place to visit. From bustling bazaars to historic monuments and buildings, this city has an incredibly diverse character. I spent some days exploring this massive city, and felt welcome at almost every corner. Those familiar with Tehran will recognize the Milad Tower, the Freedom Tower, the main bazaar and perhaps some other places. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Iran Travel - Tehran City Tour

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 Tehran is the largest city in Iran, and a fascinating place to visit. From bustling bazaars to historic monuments and buildings, this city has an incredibly diverse character. I spent some days exploring this massive city, and felt welcome at almost every corner. Those familiar with Tehran will recognize the Milad Tower, the Freedom Tower, the main bazaar and perhaps some other places. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, Japan

 These shots were made at the Tsukiji fish market (築地市場), the world's biggest seafood market in the world. It is located in central Tokyo, Japan. The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood, ranging from tuna to small sardines and seaweed. It usually opens around 3 am, with the arrival of products by ship, truck and plane. The auction houses then estimate the value and prepare incoming products for the auctions. The auctions begin around 5 am and bidding can only be done by licensed participants. The tuna auction is probably the most spectacular one to watch, although access is only granted to a number of tourists (back in 2012 at least). Around 7 am, the purchased fish is either loaded onto trucks to be shipped to their next destinations, or put on small carts and moved to the many shops inside the market. This is where the shop owners cut and prepare the products for retail. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, Japan

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 These shots were made at the Tsukiji fish market (築地市場), the world's biggest seafood market in the world. It is located in central Tokyo, Japan. The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood, ranging from tuna to small sardines and seaweed. It usually opens around 3 am, with the arrival of products by ship, truck and plane. The auction houses then estimate the value and prepare incoming products for the auctions. The auctions begin around 5 am and bidding can only be done by licensed participants. The tuna auction is probably the most spectacular one to watch, although access is only granted to a number of tourists (back in 2012 at least). Around 7 am, the purchased fish is either loaded onto trucks to be shipped to their next destinations, or put on small carts and moved to the many shops inside the market. This is where the shop owners cut and prepare the products for retail. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Genocide Memorial Day - Yerevan, Armenia

 'Genocide Memorial Day' (or Remembrance Day) takes place each year, at the 24th of April, to commemorate the victims of the Armenian genocide. At the night prior to this event, people gather in Yerevan's city centre before walking towards the 'Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial' monument. The images in this video were made on the 23rd and 24th of April 2013 in Yerevan, capital city of Armenia. Audio in this clip was recorded live at the scene. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Genocide Memorial Day - Yerevan, Armenia

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 'Genocide Memorial Day' (or Remembrance Day) takes place each year, at the 24th of April, to commemorate the victims of the Armenian genocide. At the night prior to this event, people gather in Yerevan's city centre before walking towards the 'Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial' monument. The images in this video were made on the 23rd and 24th of April 2013 in Yerevan, capital city of Armenia. Audio in this clip was recorded live at the scene. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Central Asian Journey - Traveling the 'Stan' Countries

 This short travel clip takes you from the Caspian Sea to the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. It was made on a trip crossing the 'Stan' countries in Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and finally Kazakhstan. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the countries are now following distinctly different paths. Kazakhstan is probably the most promising of the Stans, at least in terms of 'our' Western economic model. Traditions remain strong in certain areas, but the Russian influence is apparent in almost all corners of this region. Traveling in the area doesn't come without challenges, but if you prepare well, it's quite likely you'll have the trip of a lifetime. From the streets and palaces of Ashgabat to the empty highlands of the Pamir ranges, from the Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan to the modern office towers in Astana, and from the waves of the Caspian Sea to the green pastures of Kyrgyzstan. The music that accompanies the images was made by Kevin MacLeod, as part of the Creative Commons series. 'Autumn Day' by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Central Asian Journey - Traveling the 'Stan' Countries

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 This short travel clip takes you from the Caspian Sea to the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. It was made on a trip crossing the 'Stan' countries in Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and finally Kazakhstan. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the countries are now following distinctly different paths. Kazakhstan is probably the most promising of the Stans, at least in terms of 'our' Western economic model. Traditions remain strong in certain areas, but the Russian influence is apparent in almost all corners of this region. Traveling in the area doesn't come without challenges, but if you prepare well, it's quite likely you'll have the trip of a lifetime. From the streets and palaces of Ashgabat to the empty highlands of the Pamir ranges, from the Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan to the modern office towers in Astana, and from the waves of the Caspian Sea to the green pastures of Kyrgyzstan. The music that accompanies the images was made by Kevin MacLeod, as part of the Creative Commons series. 'Autumn Day' by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Baku - Where Oil Flows

 This mini clip shows glimpses of some of the old oil fields that are found in and around Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan is often thought of as one of the 'birthplaces' of the oil industry and its history is linked to the fortunes of petroleum. Some of the oil derricks and installations stand literally in the backyard of residents, creating a surreal atmosphere. Pollution in these parts of the city is a major issue, yet the petroleum industry also provides a major boost to the economy. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Baku - Where Oil Flows

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 This mini clip shows glimpses of some of the old oil fields that are found in and around Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan is often thought of as one of the 'birthplaces' of the oil industry and its history is linked to the fortunes of petroleum. Some of the oil derricks and installations stand literally in the backyard of residents, creating a surreal atmosphere. Pollution in these parts of the city is a major issue, yet the petroleum industry also provides a major boost to the economy. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Beautiful Kyrgyzstan - travel Central Asia

 Kyrgyzstan is a small, landlocked country in Central Asia, bordering Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. It is particularly well known for its 'nomadic way of life', as the Kyrgyz actually came to this region some 400 years ago, on horseback from Mongolia. Kyrgyzstan is becoming a popular destination for travelers, not only to get an idea of how nomads used to live, but also for its spectacular landscape. Soaring mountain peaks, rough terrain, high altitude alpine lakes are some of the things you can expect when visiting this country. This mini clip gives a glimpse of the nomadic lifestyle that many travelers seek when visiting Central Asia. Staying in yurts, witnessing eagle hunters from up close, riding horses, hiking through the mountains, there's really an abundance of opportunities. The footage was shot across the country, in places like Song Kol, in villages around Lake Issyk, Tash Rabat, and in the Suusamyr valley. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Beautiful Kyrgyzstan - travel Central Asia

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 Kyrgyzstan is a small, landlocked country in Central Asia, bordering Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. It is particularly well known for its 'nomadic way of life', as the Kyrgyz actually came to this region some 400 years ago, on horseback from Mongolia. Kyrgyzstan is becoming a popular destination for travelers, not only to get an idea of how nomads used to live, but also for its spectacular landscape. Soaring mountain peaks, rough terrain, high altitude alpine lakes are some of the things you can expect when visiting this country. This mini clip gives a glimpse of the nomadic lifestyle that many travelers seek when visiting Central Asia. Staying in yurts, witnessing eagle hunters from up close, riding horses, hiking through the mountains, there's really an abundance of opportunities. The footage was shot across the country, in places like Song Kol, in villages around Lake Issyk, Tash Rabat, and in the Suusamyr valley. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Uzbekistan - Culture & Traditions

 Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia, once a crucial 'hub' on the Silk Road. This is the region's cradle of culture for more than two millennia, where cities like Samarkand and Bukhara evoke images of once great empires. Rulers like Genghis Khan and Timur, however ruthless their rule, seem to resonate in many corners of Uzbekistan. Before becoming part of the Russian empire in the 19th century, Uzbekistan was conquered by nomads who spoke Eastern Turkic languages, which is the foundation of today's Uzbek language. In the 20th century, Uzbekistan became part of the Soviet Union until it collapsed in the early 90s. Surprisingly, many people have managed to hold on to their traditional culture, despite the long Russian influence. Islam is still the main religion, and the vast majority of the population are Muslim. In 2013, I traveled across Uzbekistan, visiting places like Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, and the Fergana Valley. Despite the current political and economic situation in the country, the Uzbek people I met remained good spirited, and showed an incredible hospitality. The people of Uzbekistan are the main theme in this clip, at work, in restaurants, in busy bazaars, and other places. I used a traditional song to accompany the images. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Uzbekistan - Culture & Traditions

 Před 6 lety

 Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia, once a crucial 'hub' on the Silk Road. This is the region's cradle of culture for more than two millennia, where cities like Samarkand and Bukhara evoke images of once great empires. Rulers like Genghis Khan and Timur, however ruthless their rule, seem to resonate in many corners of Uzbekistan. Before becoming part of the Russian empire in the 19th century, Uzbekistan was conquered by nomads who spoke Eastern Turkic languages, which is the foundation of today's Uzbek language. In the 20th century, Uzbekistan became part of the Soviet Union until it collapsed in the early 90s. Surprisingly, many people have managed to hold on to their traditional culture, despite the long Russian influence. Islam is still the main religion, and the vast majority of the population are Muslim. In 2013, I traveled across Uzbekistan, visiting places like Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, and the Fergana Valley. Despite the current political and economic situation in the country, the Uzbek people I met remained good spirited, and showed an incredible hospitality. The people of Uzbekistan are the main theme in this clip, at work, in restaurants, in busy bazaars, and other places. I used a traditional song to accompany the images. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Showreel 2013 - Also in our World

 This video is a short compilation of some of the places I visited in 2013, and also includes takes that were filmed earlier. The short trailer has clips in it from China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Iran, Central Asia, and some more countries. Music by 'brownhousemedia', royalty free license as purchased from Pond5. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Showreel 2013 - Also in our World

 Před 6 lety

 This video is a short compilation of some of the places I visited in 2013, and also includes takes that were filmed earlier. The short trailer has clips in it from China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Iran, Central Asia, and some more countries. Music by 'brownhousemedia', royalty free license as purchased from Pond5. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Pamir - 'Roof of the World'

 The Pamirs are a mountain range in Central Asia stretching from Afghanistan into Tajikistan. They are among the world's highest mountains, its translation in ancient Persian meaning 'Roof of the World'. This short clip gives an impression of this beautiful region. It was shot during a one week trip driving from Khorog through the Wakhan Valley, onto Murgab in Eastern Tajikistan. The background music is made by Kevin MacLeod, and is called 'The Long Road Ahead' Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Pamir - 'Roof of the World'

 Před 6 lety

 The Pamirs are a mountain range in Central Asia stretching from Afghanistan into Tajikistan. They are among the world's highest mountains, its translation in ancient Persian meaning 'Roof of the World'. This short clip gives an impression of this beautiful region. It was shot during a one week trip driving from Khorog through the Wakhan Valley, onto Murgab in Eastern Tajikistan. The background music is made by Kevin MacLeod, and is called 'The Long Road Ahead' Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

The Uyghurs

 The Uyghur people are a Turkic ethnic group living in Central Asia for the most part. The vast majority of the Uyghurs live in what is today called 'Xinjiang', part of the People's Republic of China. Considerable Uyghur communities also live in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. This video was made in China's Xinjiang province (some Uyghurs prefer the term 'East Turkestan'), and gives an impression of the traditions and remaining culture I encountered while traveling through the region. There are images of Kashgar, Hotan and smaller villages in the area. I used a traditional Uyghur song to accompany the images. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

The Uyghurs

 Před 6 lety

 The Uyghur people are a Turkic ethnic group living in Central Asia for the most part. The vast majority of the Uyghurs live in what is today called 'Xinjiang', part of the People's Republic of China. Considerable Uyghur communities also live in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. This video was made in China's Xinjiang province (some Uyghurs prefer the term 'East Turkestan'), and gives an impression of the traditions and remaining culture I encountered while traveling through the region. There are images of Kashgar, Hotan and smaller villages in the area. I used a traditional Uyghur song to accompany the images. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Haputale - Hill Country

 Haputale is a small town in central Sri Lanka, largely populated by the Tamil minority. The area has a rich bio-diversity dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Haputale is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations, and due to its elevation it is often much cooler than other places in the region. Haputale can be reached by road or train, but the railways are often a much better and rewarding mode of transportation, with fabulous views of the mountains along the way. The town makes for a good base for exploring the surrounding valleys and mountains as well as several small towns. The material in this clip was made with a Canon HV20 during a short visit to Sri Lanka in 2008. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Haputale - Hill Country

 Před 6 lety

 Haputale is a small town in central Sri Lanka, largely populated by the Tamil minority. The area has a rich bio-diversity dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Haputale is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations, and due to its elevation it is often much cooler than other places in the region. Haputale can be reached by road or train, but the railways are often a much better and rewarding mode of transportation, with fabulous views of the mountains along the way. The town makes for a good base for exploring the surrounding valleys and mountains as well as several small towns. The material in this clip was made with a Canon HV20 during a short visit to Sri Lanka in 2008. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Miyajima Island - Japan

 Miyajima (宮島) is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. Miyajima is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views and is frequently visited by domestic and foreign tourists. This video shows some of the mood and atmosphere at the island, where I traveled in October 2012. There's footage of the floating torii gate at high tide, but also of people visiting the gate at low tide. The beautiful forests of the island also get some attention. To support the video I used royalty free stock audio and the following two Creative Commons tracks: - "Devastation and Revenge" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - "Vibe Ace" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Miyajima Island - Japan

 Před 7 lety

 Miyajima (宮島) is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. Miyajima is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views and is frequently visited by domestic and foreign tourists. This video shows some of the mood and atmosphere at the island, where I traveled in October 2012. There's footage of the floating torii gate at high tide, but also of people visiting the gate at low tide. The beautiful forests of the island also get some attention. To support the video I used royalty free stock audio and the following two Creative Commons tracks: - "Devastation and Revenge" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - "Vibe Ace" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Tokyo Rush

 Tokyo is the capital of Japan and with 35 million people officially the largest city in the world. While it may seem chaotic at times, Tokyo is actually one of the best organized major cities on our planet. Building vertically is the norm and there is not a lot of space for cars, wide lanes and heavy traffic. Therefore, the city relies on an outstanding public transportation system that carries passengers to and from the suburbs and right through the heart of the city, to well known areas such as Shibuya and Shinjuku. This video shows some of the early morning rush, but also includes videos of crowds of people near temples, timelapse videos of the Tokyo's skyline, and the famous Shibuya crossing. It only provides you with a glimpse of a place that is often described as 'the most beautiful ugly city in the world'. To support the images I used the following Creative Commons soundtrack: - 'Layover on the Moon' by Spinnaface (www.spinnaface.com) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Tokyo Rush

 Před 7 lety

 Tokyo is the capital of Japan and with 35 million people officially the largest city in the world. While it may seem chaotic at times, Tokyo is actually one of the best organized major cities on our planet. Building vertically is the norm and there is not a lot of space for cars, wide lanes and heavy traffic. Therefore, the city relies on an outstanding public transportation system that carries passengers to and from the suburbs and right through the heart of the city, to well known areas such as Shibuya and Shinjuku. This video shows some of the early morning rush, but also includes videos of crowds of people near temples, timelapse videos of the Tokyo's skyline, and the famous Shibuya crossing. It only provides you with a glimpse of a place that is often described as 'the most beautiful ugly city in the world'. To support the images I used the following Creative Commons soundtrack: - 'Layover on the Moon' by Spinnaface (www.spinnaface.com) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Journey through India

 The material in this travel video was made in 2008, the first time I used a video camera alongside a main DSLR, on a journey through India. It's a combination of pictures and footage and doesn't follow the trail of my journey (from Southern India to the North of the country). There are images of Mumbai, the Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan provinces, and more. All footage was made with an older Canon HV20, the pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 400D. I used the following 'Creative Commons' songs to support the images: - "Our Ego [Feat. Different Visitor]" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com/) - 'Big Mojo' by Incompetech (incompetech.com/) - "Cambodean Odessy" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - "The Time To Run" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Journey through India

 Před 7 lety

 The material in this travel video was made in 2008, the first time I used a video camera alongside a main DSLR, on a journey through India. It's a combination of pictures and footage and doesn't follow the trail of my journey (from Southern India to the North of the country). There are images of Mumbai, the Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan provinces, and more. All footage was made with an older Canon HV20, the pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 400D. I used the following 'Creative Commons' songs to support the images: - "Our Ego [Feat. Different Visitor]" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com/) - 'Big Mojo' by Incompetech (incompetech.com/) - "Cambodean Odessy" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - "The Time To Run" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Snow Monkeys in Japan

 The famous 'snow monkeys' in Japan have become a tourist attraction year round. When visiting the park in October 2012, there was no snow, yet the monkeys were attracted to the hot springs by the food thrown in. Even though most monkeys decided to stay away from the pool, some did go in and a few even took a swim. The monkeys live in the 'Jigokudani' national park (which translates roughly as 'Hell Valley'). In Winter, when low temperatures and snow hit the mountains, they warm themselves in the onsen, the water of which is heated naturally by the volcanic activity in the region. The music in this video is made by Alastair Cameron, as part of the Creative Commons series: - "bflat theme" by Alastair Cameron (www.cameronmusic.co.uk/) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Snow Monkeys in Japan

 Před 7 lety

 The famous 'snow monkeys' in Japan have become a tourist attraction year round. When visiting the park in October 2012, there was no snow, yet the monkeys were attracted to the hot springs by the food thrown in. Even though most monkeys decided to stay away from the pool, some did go in and a few even took a swim. The monkeys live in the 'Jigokudani' national park (which translates roughly as 'Hell Valley'). In Winter, when low temperatures and snow hit the mountains, they warm themselves in the onsen, the water of which is heated naturally by the volcanic activity in the region. The music in this video is made by Alastair Cameron, as part of the Creative Commons series: - "bflat theme" by Alastair Cameron (www.cameronmusic.co.uk/) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

One day in Mumbai

 The material in this clip was made in Mumbai (or Bombay) on a trip to India in 2008. Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total population of over 20 million. This was the first time I used a videocamera (Canon HV20) alongside a DSLR. I was therefore mostly experimenting with the camera to see what kind of quality it would generate. Most of the footage is on Mumbai's train network (Victoria station) and traffic in the city centre. There are also some other shots of Chowpatty Beach and Bombay University. The music that I used falls under the Creative Commons license: - 'Zomygoro' from the album 'Marieva's Project', downloaded from Jamendo. - "Z" by Tortue Super Sonic Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

One day in Mumbai

 Před 7 lety

 The material in this clip was made in Mumbai (or Bombay) on a trip to India in 2008. Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total population of over 20 million. This was the first time I used a videocamera (Canon HV20) alongside a DSLR. I was therefore mostly experimenting with the camera to see what kind of quality it would generate. Most of the footage is on Mumbai's train network (Victoria station) and traffic in the city centre. There are also some other shots of Chowpatty Beach and Bombay University. The music that I used falls under the Creative Commons license: - 'Zomygoro' from the album 'Marieva's Project', downloaded from Jamendo. - "Z" by Tortue Super Sonic Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Kanyakumari - Southern India

 This video was made in Kanyakumari in 2008, located at the southernmost tip of India. Also called 'Land's End', this is where the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet the Arabian Sea. People from all over India come here to pay tribute to Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Parvati. Getting up early, like the pilgrims do, is particularly rewarding. People dressed in their finest clothing await sunrise to fulfil their spiritual duties. The small beach in front of the main temple complex gets filled with large numbers of people in the afternoon. This is the first time I used a video camera instead of a (digital) SLR. The material was made in 2008 with a Canon HV20 and the clip is merely meant to give a short impression of the town. For music, I chose the following track (and all audio credits belong to the performers): - Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai - The U. Penn Masala Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media Thanks for watching!

Kanyakumari - Southern India

 Před 7 lety

 This video was made in Kanyakumari in 2008, located at the southernmost tip of India. Also called 'Land's End', this is where the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet the Arabian Sea. People from all over India come here to pay tribute to Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Parvati. Getting up early, like the pilgrims do, is particularly rewarding. People dressed in their finest clothing await sunrise to fulfil their spiritual duties. The small beach in front of the main temple complex gets filled with large numbers of people in the afternoon. This is the first time I used a video camera instead of a (digital) SLR. The material was made in 2008 with a Canon HV20 and the clip is merely meant to give a short impression of the town. For music, I chose the following track (and all audio credits belong to the performers): - Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai - The U. Penn Masala Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media Thanks for watching!

Good morning Shanghai - City Tour

 This video gives an insight into today's Shanghai. It also provides you with an idea of what the city looked like in the past, what changes are taking place, and what direction it is headed. The material was collected during a one week trip in 2010. While it may not be a complete story, I have attempted to show the different faces of Shanghai in a virtual tour around the city. There is footage of people, traffic, the Expo, the city's skyline, and much more. Shanghai is the largest city in China when it comes to population. It might also be symbolic for the rapid changes that the country is currently undergoing. As one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia, the city offers more than just a glimpse into the future. Although Shanghai may not have the rich cultural history of other large cities, like Beijing and Xi'an, its unique story alone is worth a visit. While European 'colonial heritage' can be found in 'the Bund', the skyline at the other side of the Huangpu river (Pudong) can be considered a showcase of modern growth and relative prosperity. In between, there are a thousand different worlds to be explored. I hope to 'reveal' some of these worlds with this short music video. I have chosen to use seven different music tracks to accompany the film, in order to create a certain mood. Six of these audio tracks were taken from the 'Creative Common' series, and I'd like to thank the respective contributors for sharing their work: - "Forever Pit" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) - "Friends" by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) - 'l'echeance' by Marieva's Project (www.jamendo.com/en) - "As Colorful As Ever" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com/) - "Aeropuerto" by Tortue Super Sonic (facebook.com/pages/TSS-Tortue-Super-Sonic/112892300650 - "Shangri-La (instrumental)" by YACHT (www.teamyacht.com/) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media Comments are always appreciated. Thank you for watching!

Good morning Shanghai - City Tour

 Před 7 lety

 This video gives an insight into today's Shanghai. It also provides you with an idea of what the city looked like in the past, what changes are taking place, and what direction it is headed. The material was collected during a one week trip in 2010. While it may not be a complete story, I have attempted to show the different faces of Shanghai in a virtual tour around the city. There is footage of people, traffic, the Expo, the city's skyline, and much more. Shanghai is the largest city in China when it comes to population. It might also be symbolic for the rapid changes that the country is currently undergoing. As one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia, the city offers more than just a glimpse into the future. Although Shanghai may not have the rich cultural history of other large cities, like Beijing and Xi'an, its unique story alone is worth a visit. While European 'colonial heritage' can be found in 'the Bund', the skyline at the other side of the Huangpu river (Pudong) can be considered a showcase of modern growth and relative prosperity. In between, there are a thousand different worlds to be explored. I hope to 'reveal' some of these worlds with this short music video. I have chosen to use seven different music tracks to accompany the film, in order to create a certain mood. Six of these audio tracks were taken from the 'Creative Common' series, and I'd like to thank the respective contributors for sharing their work: - "Forever Pit" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) - "Friends" by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) - 'l'echeance' by Marieva's Project (www.jamendo.com/en) - "As Colorful As Ever" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com/) - "Aeropuerto" by Tortue Super Sonic (facebook.com/pages/TSS-Tortue-Super-Sonic/112892300650 - "Shangri-La (instrumental)" by YACHT (www.teamyacht.com/) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media Comments are always appreciated. Thank you for watching!

Shanghai in motion

 Shanghai is the largest city by population of the People's Republic of China, with a total population of 23 million people. The city is of major importance in the fields of commerce, culture, finance, media, technology, fashion, transport and other areas. In this video I used some experimental effects, in a clip that portrays some of the diverse traffic that flows through the city each day. While some roads are clogged with cars and traffic, other streets are used by people on bicycles and motorbikes. As background music I have used the following track (as part of the Creative Commons series): - "Goldfish" by Aoiroooasamusi (www.myspace.com/musie93) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Shanghai in motion

 Před 7 lety

 Shanghai is the largest city by population of the People's Republic of China, with a total population of 23 million people. The city is of major importance in the fields of commerce, culture, finance, media, technology, fashion, transport and other areas. In this video I used some experimental effects, in a clip that portrays some of the diverse traffic that flows through the city each day. While some roads are clogged with cars and traffic, other streets are used by people on bicycles and motorbikes. As background music I have used the following track (as part of the Creative Commons series): - "Goldfish" by Aoiroooasamusi (www.myspace.com/musie93) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Shanghai Expo at night

 The Shanghai Expo was held in 2010 on both banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. The Expo provided China with another opportunity to show itself to the world, after the Beijing Olympics had been successfully completed in 2008. This clip shows some of the neon lights and entertainment that was offered during the night. The material in the video was made with my older Canon HV20, and parts of the footage contain some graining. I used the following audio track in this video, as part of the Creative Commons series on Vimeo: - "Perfect I Am Not" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Shanghai Expo at night

 Před 7 lety

 The Shanghai Expo was held in 2010 on both banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. The Expo provided China with another opportunity to show itself to the world, after the Beijing Olympics had been successfully completed in 2008. This clip shows some of the neon lights and entertainment that was offered during the night. The material in the video was made with my older Canon HV20, and parts of the footage contain some graining. I used the following audio track in this video, as part of the Creative Commons series on Vimeo: - "Perfect I Am Not" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Hong Kong City

 Hong Kong is a modern metropolis along the South China Sea. Formerly being part of the British empire, power was transferred back to the People's Republic of China in 1997. The city is known for its exceptional skyline, arguably one of the most beautiful in the world, its deep natural harbour, and is generally considered to be a fusion of Western and Chinese culture. The video is meant as an introduction into Hong Kong, and contains various topics, relating mostly to history, culture, and the economy. The material was made in 2010, on an overland trip from Qingdao in China to Karachi in Pakistan. Other than royalty free audio, I have used the following tracks as background music: - "Cambodean Odessy" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - "Train" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) - "The Lost Ones" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Hong Kong City

 Před 7 lety

 Hong Kong is a modern metropolis along the South China Sea. Formerly being part of the British empire, power was transferred back to the People's Republic of China in 1997. The city is known for its exceptional skyline, arguably one of the most beautiful in the world, its deep natural harbour, and is generally considered to be a fusion of Western and Chinese culture. The video is meant as an introduction into Hong Kong, and contains various topics, relating mostly to history, culture, and the economy. The material was made in 2010, on an overland trip from Qingdao in China to Karachi in Pakistan. Other than royalty free audio, I have used the following tracks as background music: - "Cambodean Odessy" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - "Train" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) - "The Lost Ones" by Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Impressions of the Yangshuo & Guilin area

 The Yangshuo and Guilin area attracts visitors and tourists from all across China beyond. It boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, unique in the world, and provides for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of urban China. The video provides a short introduction into the area, and how it is changing slowly. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Impressions of the Yangshuo & Guilin area

 Před 7 lety

 The Yangshuo and Guilin area attracts visitors and tourists from all across China beyond. It boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, unique in the world, and provides for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of urban China. The video provides a short introduction into the area, and how it is changing slowly. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Chongqing - the unofficial biggest city in the world

 This clip gives an introduction into Chongqing, to some accounts the biggest city, or municipality, in the world. While the urban population nears 10 million, the entire municipality currently has close to 32 million inhabitants. The city provides an insight into the rapid urbanization currently taking place in China. Migrant workers flock from the countryside to work in cities, where wages are often higher than in rural areas. Nevertheless, most of them end up making extremely long work days. China's government considers merging populations of large cities in belts of 'super cities'. Chongqing would form one of the major parts of such an urban sprawl, which would stretch all the way to Shanghai. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Chongqing - the unofficial biggest city in the world

 Před 8 lety

 This clip gives an introduction into Chongqing, to some accounts the biggest city, or municipality, in the world. While the urban population nears 10 million, the entire municipality currently has close to 32 million inhabitants. The city provides an insight into the rapid urbanization currently taking place in China. Migrant workers flock from the countryside to work in cities, where wages are often higher than in rural areas. Nevertheless, most of them end up making extremely long work days. China's government considers merging populations of large cities in belts of 'super cities'. Chongqing would form one of the major parts of such an urban sprawl, which would stretch all the way to Shanghai. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Ice skating on frozen canals in Amsterdam - Winter Travel in Holland

 Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with its beautiful canals, historic architecture, and relaxed vibe. On this day (in the Winter of 2012), the canals in the city were frozen completely, and crowds of locals (and tourists) came out to skate and have fun on the ice. A pretty unique sight in Holland these days, and definitely (many would argue unfortunately!) something you don't see every year. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Ice skating on frozen canals in Amsterdam - Winter Travel in Holland

 Před 8 lety

 Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with its beautiful canals, historic architecture, and relaxed vibe. On this day (in the Winter of 2012), the canals in the city were frozen completely, and crowds of locals (and tourists) came out to skate and have fun on the ice. A pretty unique sight in Holland these days, and definitely (many would argue unfortunately!) something you don't see every year. Instagram: instagram.com/eyeingasia/ Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Favorite time-lapse videos - China & Pakistan

 These are some of my favorite time-lapse videos made in China and Pakistan in 2010. The video includes a few cityscapes, rice terraces, snowcapped mountains, and complete panoramas. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Favorite time-lapse videos - China & Pakistan

 Před 8 lety

 These are some of my favorite time-lapse videos made in China and Pakistan in 2010. The video includes a few cityscapes, rice terraces, snowcapped mountains, and complete panoramas. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Kashgar Sunday Livestock Market

 The Kashgar Livestock Market, held every Sunday, is one of the most spectacular places to watch live trading as it was once intended. People, mostly from Uyghur origin, come to trade horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, and many more animals, providing for a unique atmosphere. I visited the market in 2005, and came back in 2010 with a video camera. This clip shows some of the entourage. The music that I used falls under the Creative Commons license. The song is called 'La Fuite' from the album 'Marieva's Project', and was downloaded from Jamendo. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Kashgar Sunday Livestock Market

 Před 8 lety

 The Kashgar Livestock Market, held every Sunday, is one of the most spectacular places to watch live trading as it was once intended. People, mostly from Uyghur origin, come to trade horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, and many more animals, providing for a unique atmosphere. I visited the market in 2005, and came back in 2010 with a video camera. This clip shows some of the entourage. The music that I used falls under the Creative Commons license. The song is called 'La Fuite' from the album 'Marieva's Project', and was downloaded from Jamendo. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

R.I.C.E.

 This clip is all about rice, the most important staple food in China, and in the whole of Asia. At the same time, agriculture provides a livelihood for hundreds of millions of Chinese. This clip includes people working in ricefields in the Yangshuo area, rice terraces near the Dragon's backbone terraces, and other agricultural scenes across China. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

R.I.C.E.

 Před 8 lety

 This clip is all about rice, the most important staple food in China, and in the whole of Asia. At the same time, agriculture provides a livelihood for hundreds of millions of Chinese. This clip includes people working in ricefields in the Yangshuo area, rice terraces near the Dragon's backbone terraces, and other agricultural scenes across China. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Attabad Lake - Pakistan

 Attabad Lake in Northern Pakistan was created in early 2010 when a massive landslide cut off the Hunza valley from the upper north. Twenty people are said to have died, and many more became victim of floods and irregular water flow. Additionally, the Karakoram Highway was blocked and aid from China, following after the floods in July of the same year, had to be transported over the lake. This footage shows the situation in September and October of last year, when I traveled through this region. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Attabad Lake - Pakistan

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 Attabad Lake in Northern Pakistan was created in early 2010 when a massive landslide cut off the Hunza valley from the upper north. Twenty people are said to have died, and many more became victim of floods and irregular water flow. Additionally, the Karakoram Highway was blocked and aid from China, following after the floods in July of the same year, had to be transported over the lake. This footage shows the situation in September and October of last year, when I traveled through this region. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Journey to Little Tibet

 Often nicknamed 'Little Tibet', the town of Xiahe in China's Gansu province, is the most important place of worship for Tibetans outside Tibet itself. Pilgrims from all around the world come to the Labrang monastery to perform prayer. The town is seperated in an old, highly spiritual part, and a modern new town. In this video the contrast is shown, and some commentary on Tibet and its people is also given. The audio I used came from the 'Tea with Flower Fragrance' series, others songs are royalty free, except for the final one, credits of which I was unable to verify. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Journey to Little Tibet

 Před 8 lety

 Often nicknamed 'Little Tibet', the town of Xiahe in China's Gansu province, is the most important place of worship for Tibetans outside Tibet itself. Pilgrims from all around the world come to the Labrang monastery to perform prayer. The town is seperated in an old, highly spiritual part, and a modern new town. In this video the contrast is shown, and some commentary on Tibet and its people is also given. The audio I used came from the 'Tea with Flower Fragrance' series, others songs are royalty free, except for the final one, credits of which I was unable to verify. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Along the Li River

 The Yangshuo and Guilin area is usually regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in China. The karst scenery is famous all around the world, and attracts millions of visitors and tourists each year. This short video gives an impression of the area, with the main theme being the Li River cutting its way through the impressive peaks. The music that was used is part of the 'Tea with Flower Fragrance' series. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Along the Li River

 Před 8 lety

 The Yangshuo and Guilin area is usually regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in China. The karst scenery is famous all around the world, and attracts millions of visitors and tourists each year. This short video gives an impression of the area, with the main theme being the Li River cutting its way through the impressive peaks. The music that was used is part of the 'Tea with Flower Fragrance' series. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Memories - Walking China's Backstreets

 This short black and white video shows some of the destruction that is taking place in the backstreets of many Chinese cities and towns. Old quarters and neighbourhoods are being broken down and make place for apartment blocks, shopping malls, and industrial areas. Some people praise these developments and argue they contribute to better overall living standards. Others insist that people are regularly evicted from their homes, and are sometimes left with no compensation. This clip gives an impression of what is taking place, without taking a stance towards either of the arguments. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Memories - Walking China's Backstreets

 Před 8 lety

 This short black and white video shows some of the destruction that is taking place in the backstreets of many Chinese cities and towns. Old quarters and neighbourhoods are being broken down and make place for apartment blocks, shopping malls, and industrial areas. Some people praise these developments and argue they contribute to better overall living standards. Others insist that people are regularly evicted from their homes, and are sometimes left with no compensation. This clip gives an impression of what is taking place, without taking a stance towards either of the arguments. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

The Karakoram Highway - from China to Pakistan

 The Karakoram Highway (KKH) runs from Kashgar in Western China to Islamabad in Pakistan, and isn't so much a highway as a 'high road'. It took a stunning 20 years to finish the road, and even today it continues to suffer from extreme weather and environmental disasters. The KKH runs through the highest concentration of soaring mountain peaks and raging rivers in the world, and is generally considered to be among the most spectacular areas on our planet. Traveling here isn't for the faint hearted, although transportation has improved significantly in the past decades. In October 2010 I had the chance to travel the Karakoram Highway. Although Pakistan had suffered its worst floods in recent history the same year, most parts of the road were still intact. Nevertheless, traveling the road proved a massive challenge and also a great adventure. As these events had scared off many tourists and travelers, I found myself among locals for nearly all of the time. (Other than royalty free audio, I also used a short part of the following song: Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai - by Penn Penn Masala) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

The Karakoram Highway - from China to Pakistan

 Před 8 lety

 The Karakoram Highway (KKH) runs from Kashgar in Western China to Islamabad in Pakistan, and isn't so much a highway as a 'high road'. It took a stunning 20 years to finish the road, and even today it continues to suffer from extreme weather and environmental disasters. The KKH runs through the highest concentration of soaring mountain peaks and raging rivers in the world, and is generally considered to be among the most spectacular areas on our planet. Traveling here isn't for the faint hearted, although transportation has improved significantly in the past decades. In October 2010 I had the chance to travel the Karakoram Highway. Although Pakistan had suffered its worst floods in recent history the same year, most parts of the road were still intact. Nevertheless, traveling the road proved a massive challenge and also a great adventure. As these events had scared off many tourists and travelers, I found myself among locals for nearly all of the time. (Other than royalty free audio, I also used a short part of the following song: Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai - by Penn Penn Masala) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Changing Kashgar - China

 Kashgar is located in Western China, and has been at a crossroad of civilizations for centuries. Once a thriving town along the Silk Road, it is changing quickly today, now that the Chinese government has initiated several plans to incorporate the area into the so called 'develop the West' program. The original population of Xinjiang, the Uyghur people, are under continuous pressure from growing Chinese influence, and see their traditional Muslim society being eroded rapidly. Old quarters are being destroyed, and make way for new, but hastily built apartment blocks. Uyghurs are under increasing scrutiny by the local and central government, and also face unfair competition on the job market from the many Han Chinese that now live in cities like Kashgar. At the same time, many Uyghurs manage to hold on to their traditional lifestyles, and some parts of town look the same as they did 100 years ago. I traveled to Kashgar in 2005, and got the chance to visit the town again in 2010, this time bringing a video camera. This clip gives an insight of the structural visible changes that are happening to the city, but it also shows what daily life in Kashgar is like today. This video contains only a part of the entire story, and I encourage you to read up on Kashgar's history and current situation. For this video I used traditional Uyghur music and stock free audio to support the images. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Changing Kashgar - China

 Před 8 lety

 Kashgar is located in Western China, and has been at a crossroad of civilizations for centuries. Once a thriving town along the Silk Road, it is changing quickly today, now that the Chinese government has initiated several plans to incorporate the area into the so called 'develop the West' program. The original population of Xinjiang, the Uyghur people, are under continuous pressure from growing Chinese influence, and see their traditional Muslim society being eroded rapidly. Old quarters are being destroyed, and make way for new, but hastily built apartment blocks. Uyghurs are under increasing scrutiny by the local and central government, and also face unfair competition on the job market from the many Han Chinese that now live in cities like Kashgar. At the same time, many Uyghurs manage to hold on to their traditional lifestyles, and some parts of town look the same as they did 100 years ago. I traveled to Kashgar in 2005, and got the chance to visit the town again in 2010, this time bringing a video camera. This clip gives an insight of the structural visible changes that are happening to the city, but it also shows what daily life in Kashgar is like today. This video contains only a part of the entire story, and I encourage you to read up on Kashgar's history and current situation. For this video I used traditional Uyghur music and stock free audio to support the images. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka

 The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is a government financed home for abandoned, wounded, and orphaned elephants. In this clip you will see baby elephants playing in the water, funny scenes like a mother playing with her kid, older elephants 'chatting', elephants reaching for trees, caretakers washing the elephants, eating elephants, diving elephants. Well, it's about elephants that's for sure! The footage was made in 2008, it marked the first time I used video instead of a photocamera on my travels. The music I used is from Darshan Ambient, the song's name is 'The Rapidity of Sleep', and the licenser is friendlymusic.com (license bought at 28 June 2011). Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka

 Před 8 lety

 The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is a government financed home for abandoned, wounded, and orphaned elephants. In this clip you will see baby elephants playing in the water, funny scenes like a mother playing with her kid, older elephants 'chatting', elephants reaching for trees, caretakers washing the elephants, eating elephants, diving elephants. Well, it's about elephants that's for sure! The footage was made in 2008, it marked the first time I used video instead of a photocamera on my travels. The music I used is from Darshan Ambient, the song's name is 'The Rapidity of Sleep', and the licenser is friendlymusic.com (license bought at 28 June 2011). Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Lahore - Cultural capital of Pakistan

 Lahore, located on the Eastern Pakistan border with India, is generally considered to be the cultural capital of the country, and thought of as the 'Heart of Pakistan' There is a definite vibe here, relating to Pakistan's recent and more distant history. This clip includes landmark structures like the Badshahi mosque and the Lahore fort, and also shows some of daily life in the city. Audio used: Pakistan Folk Music - Pushton Dhun (background) Gaayatri -- Chants of India (background) Pakistan Folk Music -- Punjab Folk Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Lahore - Cultural capital of Pakistan

 Před 8 lety

 Lahore, located on the Eastern Pakistan border with India, is generally considered to be the cultural capital of the country, and thought of as the 'Heart of Pakistan' There is a definite vibe here, relating to Pakistan's recent and more distant history. This clip includes landmark structures like the Badshahi mosque and the Lahore fort, and also shows some of daily life in the city. Audio used: Pakistan Folk Music - Pushton Dhun (background) Gaayatri -- Chants of India (background) Pakistan Folk Music -- Punjab Folk Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Three Gorges Dam - China

 The Three Gorges Dam in China is the world's largest and most expensive hydropower project, and seen by the Chinese government as a one of the country's most prestigious undertakings. The immense project started in 1993 and was completed a decade later. Today, it is said to have an approximate generating capacity of 20,000 Megawatt (MW). Regular concerns, however, are voiced in both international and domestic media, particularly about the large number of people that had to be relocated, the environmental costs, and more recently the safety of the dam. This informative video shows some of the different perspectives that exist on the project. All material was originally shot with a Canon HV20, with the exception of four pictures that were integrated in the clip. Additional credits: Background: 'Very scary music' - TV Show Theme Background music: 'Piccollo's theme' - Bruce Faulconer Portrait Sun Yat-sen: taken around 1912, K.T. Thompson, Wikimedia.com Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Three Gorges Dam - China

 Před 8 lety

 The Three Gorges Dam in China is the world's largest and most expensive hydropower project, and seen by the Chinese government as a one of the country's most prestigious undertakings. The immense project started in 1993 and was completed a decade later. Today, it is said to have an approximate generating capacity of 20,000 Megawatt (MW). Regular concerns, however, are voiced in both international and domestic media, particularly about the large number of people that had to be relocated, the environmental costs, and more recently the safety of the dam. This informative video shows some of the different perspectives that exist on the project. All material was originally shot with a Canon HV20, with the exception of four pictures that were integrated in the clip. Additional credits: Background: 'Very scary music' - TV Show Theme Background music: 'Piccollo's theme' - Bruce Faulconer Portrait Sun Yat-sen: taken around 1912, K.T. Thompson, Wikimedia.com Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Terracotta Warriors - Xi'an City

 Xi'an (simplified Chinese: 西安 ) is the capital city of the Shaanxi province, located in the geographical heart of China. It is one of the oldest places in the country and generally considered to be the cultural and historical capital. Xi'an therefore attracts many tourists, from overseas and domestically. The prime attractions are the Muslim quarter, where people usually take a stroll and a bite at the end of the day, the ancient city wall, and of course the world famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors, or Army (simplified Chinese: 兵马俑) are one of the most stunning archaeological findings of the 20th century. It was discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers digging a water well. China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang ( 秦始皇 ), decided to build a gigantic army, made of clay, to either protect himself from evil spirits after death, or continue his rule after he would die. The Army consists of horses, soldiers, archers, and infantry, and continues to attract people in large numbers. Music: Picking Flowers - Chinese Traditional Erhu Music Flowers in a Riot of Color - Chen Yue (background) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Terracotta Warriors - Xi'an City

 Před 8 lety

 Xi'an (simplified Chinese: 西安 ) is the capital city of the Shaanxi province, located in the geographical heart of China. It is one of the oldest places in the country and generally considered to be the cultural and historical capital. Xi'an therefore attracts many tourists, from overseas and domestically. The prime attractions are the Muslim quarter, where people usually take a stroll and a bite at the end of the day, the ancient city wall, and of course the world famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors, or Army (simplified Chinese: 兵马俑) are one of the most stunning archaeological findings of the 20th century. It was discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers digging a water well. China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang ( 秦始皇 ), decided to build a gigantic army, made of clay, to either protect himself from evil spirits after death, or continue his rule after he would die. The Army consists of horses, soldiers, archers, and infantry, and continues to attract people in large numbers. Music: Picking Flowers - Chinese Traditional Erhu Music Flowers in a Riot of Color - Chen Yue (background) Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Chinese students military parade

 Each year, new Chinese college and university students take part in a military parade to introduce themselves to their new school and get acquainted with their fellow students. Although China is becoming increasingly open to the world, the Communist history of the country is still visible in many parts of daily life, this video providing an obvious example. Nationalistic voices can be heard everywhere, usually between the lines, and particularly among China's younger generation, who are stuck in between different worlds. Having been brought up in a relatively traditional way, they see the world around them change rapidly. This video was made in the coastal city of Qingdao. Music used: China's National Anthem (March of the Volunteers). Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Chinese students military parade

 Před 8 lety

 Each year, new Chinese college and university students take part in a military parade to introduce themselves to their new school and get acquainted with their fellow students. Although China is becoming increasingly open to the world, the Communist history of the country is still visible in many parts of daily life, this video providing an obvious example. Nationalistic voices can be heard everywhere, usually between the lines, and particularly among China's younger generation, who are stuck in between different worlds. Having been brought up in a relatively traditional way, they see the world around them change rapidly. This video was made in the coastal city of Qingdao. Music used: China's National Anthem (March of the Volunteers). Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Street cricket in Karachi - Pakistan

 Street cricket in Karachi, Pakistan 's largest city, is being played every Sunday, when people all across town get together to play a competition & league and generally have fun. Like anywhere else in the world, people are having a great time playing the game they love. Cricket is pretty much the national sport of the country. Since most of Pakistan's population are also Muslim, you will see many people wearing traditional shalwar kameez, although jeans and t-shirts are just as common. Not often associated with tourism, Pakistan is a country with great diversity, and spending a few days in Karachi, or any other city, will teach you a lot about life in modern Pakistan. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Street cricket in Karachi - Pakistan

 Před 8 lety

 Street cricket in Karachi, Pakistan 's largest city, is being played every Sunday, when people all across town get together to play a competition & league and generally have fun. Like anywhere else in the world, people are having a great time playing the game they love. Cricket is pretty much the national sport of the country. Since most of Pakistan's population are also Muslim, you will see many people wearing traditional shalwar kameez, although jeans and t-shirts are just as common. Not often associated with tourism, Pakistan is a country with great diversity, and spending a few days in Karachi, or any other city, will teach you a lot about life in modern Pakistan. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Islamabad - Capital city of Pakistan

 Islamabad is Pakistan's capital city and political centre. It is located in the geographical heart of the country and has two very distinct parts, the planned and organized Islamabad and the older, and more authentic Rawalpindi, or simply Pindi. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Islamabad - Capital city of Pakistan

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 Islamabad is Pakistan's capital city and political centre. It is located in the geographical heart of the country and has two very distinct parts, the planned and organized Islamabad and the older, and more authentic Rawalpindi, or simply Pindi. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Wagah border ceremony

 Pakistan and India are two neighboring countries in Southern Asia. Sharing a common colonial history, the two countries sometimes clash on political, religious, and other grounds, a lot of which as to do with the disputed Kashmir region. This clip is a short display of the famous border ceremony taking place each day. It was filmed from the Pakistani side, near a town called Wagah, and hopefully sheds some perspective on the otherwise heated discussions and debates evolving around the two countries. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Wagah border ceremony

 Před 8 lety

 Pakistan and India are two neighboring countries in Southern Asia. Sharing a common colonial history, the two countries sometimes clash on political, religious, and other grounds, a lot of which as to do with the disputed Kashmir region. This clip is a short display of the famous border ceremony taking place each day. It was filmed from the Pakistani side, near a town called Wagah, and hopefully sheds some perspective on the otherwise heated discussions and debates evolving around the two countries. Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Beautiful Pakistan

 Beautiful Northern Pakistan boasts some of the most amazing natural scenery in the world. The Karakoram Ranges, outliers of the Greater Himalayas include some of the highest peaks. Hiking is a popular activity for those who visit this area, and there are many other outdoor activities that could be undertaken. This area of the world is perhaps one of the last 'hidden treasures' where you can travel without being disturbed by thousands of other tourists. This clip shows the natural beauty of a country that is often associated with all the wrong subjects. The camera model I used for shooting this material was a Sony HDR CX550 Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

Beautiful Pakistan

 Před 8 lety

 Beautiful Northern Pakistan boasts some of the most amazing natural scenery in the world. The Karakoram Ranges, outliers of the Greater Himalayas include some of the highest peaks. Hiking is a popular activity for those who visit this area, and there are many other outdoor activities that could be undertaken. This area of the world is perhaps one of the last 'hidden treasures' where you can travel without being disturbed by thousands of other tourists. This clip shows the natural beauty of a country that is often associated with all the wrong subjects. The camera model I used for shooting this material was a Sony HDR CX550 Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media

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