Gulangyu a.k.a. Kulangsu

Xiamen has been an important port city in China’s Fujian Province for several centuries. There were high and low periods. The latest, beginning in the mid-19th century, brought a colonial feel to the southern Chinese city now preserved as China’s … Continued

Fujian Tulou

Southern China was once plagued by roving bands of bandits causing the locals to build near-impenetrable homes known as the Fujian Tulou. These large rammed earth structures were essentially villages, some with around 1,000 people living in them. These UNESCO … Continued

Tianmen Mountain

Besides Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the other big attraction or destination in the area is Tianmen Mountain. If you’re familiar with Chinese, you might guess that the mountain has something to do with a door to heaven or the sky. … Continued

Huanglong Cave

After hiking down Tianzi Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, we still had some evening hours left, so we went to Huanglong Cave (Yellow Dragon Cave). This cave system is part of the UNESCO World Heritage designation and is very … Continued

Day 2 in Zhangjiajie – Tianbo Mansion and Ten-Mile Gallery

Our second day in Zhangjiajie took us back up the mountain to do some more hiking around the Yuanjiajie Scenic Zone and the Tianzi Mountain Scenic Zone. Both were recommendations from our hotel. Tianbo Mansion Tianbo Mansion is a set … Continued

Zhangjiajie – Yuanjiajie Scenic Area

Yuanjiajie, our next destination within the park, and final for the day, is probably the most popular and crowded section of the park. Hordes of bus tours crowded the trails squawking and barking and littering their way through. There were … Continued

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Slender stone columns reach out of canyons lush with forest transporting visitors to an otherworldly natural wonderland. It inspires the mind to think of alien landscapes from science fiction or the ethereal and mystical images from traditional Chinese ink paintings. … Continued

Manila Philippines

Manila, is great! It is humid and hot, but I lucked out and didn’t have to deal with any rainstorms where I was. It’s a big city that isn’t the easiest to get around unless you know it like the … Continued

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My adventure to Malaysia was only a couple of days, so I didn’t venture very far from Kuala Lumpur or KL. This is the capital city of Malaysia, but it isn’t very old, less than 200 years old. MUD Honestly, … Continued

Batu Caves

Malaysia is made up of a mixed, diverse group of people. Being a former British colony, many Indians found their way to Kuala Lumpur bringing, among other things, Hinduism. Just outside of KL is one of the most famous Hindu … Continued

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