Lee King-hin has been to more than 80 countries in six continents. He has visited the war-torn West Bank of Jerusalem, had altitude sickness on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and survived a forest fire in southern Greece. As one of the few full-time Chinese travel writers in Hong Kong, he spends three months of every year travelling. He has just returned from Sarawak in Malaysia. But his travels have not always been so exotic. His first trip outside Hong Kong was to Taiwan as a boy with his mother and grandmother. Even then, however, his trip was far from ordinary - his mother rented a car and they travelled the island by its country roads. 'My mum and dad really liked to travel,' said Lee. 'I guess they influenced me.' Ever since that first adventure, Lee has stuck to simple guidelines: don't join a tour ; use public transport whenever possible; and take the time to venture off the beaten track to experience local culture. Lee said these rules have led him to some of his most exciting and unusual destinations. There was, for example, the train graveyard at the town of Uyuhi in the Potosi region of Bolivia. 'I had not heard of this place before, but some fellow travellers told me to take a detour and visit it,' Lee said. Lee has collected his travel experiences into two volumes called See the World. He took all the photographs, wrote the stories and published them himself. One book covers his travels in Europe and the Americas, and the other, Africa and Asia. 'I wrote these books with a Chinese audience in mind. I want them to learn about other cultures,' he said. When he is not travelling or writing, Lee teaches tourism at The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a frequent guest speaker at secondary schools and on radio talk shows. He organises several photo exhibitions a year. Through his work, he hopes to inspire other people to travel and experience different cultures. 'If someone hears me speak or reads my books, and 10 or even 20 years later, realises that he wants to go to India, then I will have fulfilled my mission,' he declared. Ideally, however, the person wouldn't wait 20 years before packing their bags and booking a flight. 'I think young people empathise more with other cultures because their mindsets are not as rigid,' said Lee. 'If they can travel and see different cultures, they will build a better society and there will be a greater chance for world peace.'