Discovering Little Switzerland in Asia

Our dear friends Oli and Rafael are quite the globetrotter couple: They have taken an entire year off to explore the world, and they are sharing their experience with the rest of us!

While crossing Asia and North America, they have come across cutesy "Little Switzerland" communities with cutesy Swiss restaurants, Swiss cable cars and even a Swiss ice rink!

Swiss Cable Car in Hong Kong


Swiss Chalet in Tokyo, Japan

It seems that abroad, stereotypes about Switzerland appear in an amplified fashion. I think that this is understandable though, because the further (and longer) someone is separated from their "Heimat", the more these stereotypical memories prevail.

At least this is what I experienced while living abroad: Over the years, memories of Switzerland boil down and become ever more generic. Swiss foods, holidays and traditions become essential. And even occasional Swiss folk music becomes an option!

Swiss Ice Rink in Manila, Philippines

Bruno's Cafe & Restaurant in Baguio, Philippines

Replica of Interlaken in Shenzhen, China

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Also check out Oli and Rafael's update from Little Switzerland in North America or South America!

(Pictures courtesy of Oli & Rafael, copyright by TIME)


Grown up near Zurich as a half-Japanese, half-Swiss, Olivia loves to explore the world! So in 2011, she traveled the globe with her boyfriend. But after any journey, Olivia always loves to come back to Switzerland which is her home and homebase - no matter what.