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

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

MacLehose Trail – Hong Kong GeoPark

On my most recent trip to Hong Kong, I accompanied a friend from Beijing to the LDS temple for his first time. It was a glorious experience. I am glad I was able to be there to support him. That … Continued

Acropolis and Parthenon

The crowning experience of our short visit to Athens was, of course, the Acropolis and Parthenon. We could see this architectural and historical gem from the roof of our hotel. Amazing! Acropolis Museum The outstanding Acropolis Museum sits at the … Continued

Delphi

Zeus sent two eagles in opposite directions. Where they met would be the center of the world. They met at a rock in a place called Delphi. The rock is called the omphalos or navel. With a legend like this … Continued

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