“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018), The Left Hand of Darkness

West rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona by orchidus

Site History

金馬的旅行 Journey of the Golden Horse (former name: 出行 Journey) has evolved from several experimental digital forms throughout the years (since 2006) but the premise and spirit of this blog has remained the same.

Through this medium, I would like to share my experiences as a traveler, creator, and, of course, an individual throughout my journey.

The domain name, 金馬的旅行 (pinyin: jin ma de luxing) Journey of the Golden Horse, is a reference to my zodiac sign, gold/metal horse.  According to China Highlights, a gold or metal horse is described as “kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends.”


I am orchidus also known as xingqun. I am an INFJ, an art and history appreciator (European Renaissance and ancient China); amateur photographer, and life-long learner.

» Published Works:

July 2019 Letter to Grandfather (给爷爷的信) for Legacies: An Asian American Anthology.

September to December 2018 A Gathering of Heroes web series: Anhu (wuxia fantasy collaboration with Taki)

“Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. If you stay in the center and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.”

~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Photography and art by orchidus/xingqun (unless stated otherwise).

» Web material from web * citron. Pixel art by Soft SpaceMitsurin Search Project, and プリモプエル.

» Banner art: Rozemyne and Ferdinand from Miya Kazuki’s Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō) — commissioned art by Raichana

» Chibi Xinglong — commissioned art by Raichana