Articles Tagged ‘China’

11 Dangerously Perched Cliff-Side Monasteries

11 Dangerously Perched Cliff-Side Monasteries June 4, 2012 | Featured | Read More
Placed on the tops of mountains, perched on steep hillsides, and nestled among sharp rocks, the precarious location of these monasteries offered protection from invaders and the chance for worshipers to feel close to god. By modern-day standards the construction of such compounds seems daunting –...

Postcard Perfect: Wangfujing Market in Beijing

Postcard Perfect: Wangfujing Market in Beijing April 13, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
Wangfujing, one of Beijing’s most popular and famous shopping streets, is located in the Dongcheng District of the city. The street has long been known for its commercial activities, having existed since the middle of the Ming Dynasty. Food stalls are densely packed along the street, offering a...

Postcard Perfect: Mountaineering in Sichuan

Postcard Perfect: Mountaineering in Sichuan April 11, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
The Sichuan province is one of the major agricultural areas of China, where rice and wheat production is some of the highest in the country. But as can be seen in the photo above, it also offers a glorious landscape, with snow-covered mountains in the winter. In western Sichuan mountainous ranges have...

Postcard Perfect: T’ai-Chi on the Bund – Shanghai, China

Postcard Perfect: T’ai-Chi on the Bund – Shanghai, China March 16, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
The Bund refers to a portion of Shanghai’s waterfront that runs along the banks of the Huangpu River. The 52 building and many wharves in this area are some of the most beloved tourist spots in Shanghai, and it’s easy to see why. Art Deco, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture make for beautiful...

Postcard Perfect: Girl in Tajikistan

Postcard Perfect: Girl in Tajikistan February 17, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
Tajikistan is a small country sandwiched in between Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China. Most of the population is part of the Persian-speaking Tajik, who shares language and culture with Afghanistan and Iran. The country became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991 and still maintains...

Postcard Perfect: Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, Southern China

Postcard Perfect: Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, Southern China February 10, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
Located in the southern tip of China is the city of Guilin, named after the sweetly-smelling Osmathus tree that grows throughout in the area. The city is a hub of tourism and is known for its spectacular scenery. One of the most popular tourist spots is the Reed Flute Cave. This limestone cave is over...

7 Totally Bizarre Mega-Statues

7 Totally Bizarre Mega-Statues December 14, 2011 | Featured | Read More
There’s something about a massive towering statue that both excites us and totally freaks us out. Their sheer size is mind boggling, their design questionable, and taste level…you’ll see what we mean. 1. Emperors Yan and Huang – Zhengzhou, Henan, China Image: en.wikipedia.com Image:...

The Great Wall of China in Serious Danger from Mining

The Great Wall of China in Serious Danger from Mining November 9, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
That great wall that many of us want to visit may not be there by the time we get to visit. Yep, all of the changes that have happened in China in the past couple of decades, including the intense development of business and infrastructure, is threatening the country’s most famous landmark. The...

12 Incredible Cave Cities

12 Incredible Cave Cities September 8, 2011 | Featured | Read More
There were two recurring themes that surprised us while researching cave dwelling cultures from around the world: 1. Mongols. 2. George Lucas. Read on to see where we’re going with this. 1. Cappadocia, Turkey Image: Curious Expeditions/Flickr Image: sputnik 57/Flickr The Cappadocia region of central...

9 Miniature Versions of Real Places

9 Miniature Versions of Real Places August 18, 2011 | Featured | Read More
Plane tickets, neck roll, passports and visas — wow, what a hassle! There’s got to be a better way! Are you wary of trying new things? Had enough of learning local customs, tasting scary delicacies, and dealing with just plain unfamiliar smells? Sick and tired of not being understood when...