- Beautiful ValleyDehang (德夯), which means "beautiful valley" in Miao, one of the 50+ ethnic groups that makes up China, is a beautiful indeed. Surrounded by tall karst formations on both sides, the village is quietly tucked away about 3.5 hours from Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 10, 2015
- The Real PandoraZhangjiajie National Park, with its 3000+ of karst formations, is one of the top attractions in China. Uniquely formed from specific weather patterns and physical erosions it has been described as being on a different world.
In fact, Pandora in Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 9, 2015
- An ancient city with night clubsFengHuang (凤凰), a frontier town in ancient China between the Han and Miao, has been converted into a tourist attraction to display its ancient architecture and local traditions. While buildings are their restored version and most crafts are just for Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 8, 2015
- When the weather is bad..Many people moan at the idea of visiting a scenic place when the weather is bad, but what they miss by not going is another side of the beauty that most don't get to see.
Walking alone in the mountain Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 7, 2015
- Part 5: The trip back to Lhasa
After recovering from our trek, we started the drive back to Lhasa, stopping overnight at Lake Manasarovar, one of the few high altitude freshwater lakes sitting at an altitude of some 4,560 metres. Although pilgrims come to Posted by IvaS in A short trip in Tibet | May 7, 2015
- Hmmm, DogsDog meat, a delicacy in southern China, is detested by most western countries. Mainly due to dogs are viewed as pets, Western media has demonized the practice as savagery.
While not to defend the practice of eating dog meat (or Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 6, 2015
- PRIMA O POI...Per la serie 'prima o poi doveva succedere', non perché sia particolarmente speciale o importante ma semplicemente perché sono 'western' e qui accade a tutti (di solito su richiesta, a me invece è capitato a sorpresa!):
[b]sono sui muri Posted by Gamby in Travel Is My Nature | May 5, 2015
- Chairman MaoChairman Mao Zedong, the beloved founder and leader of CCP and the new China, is the most iconic figure in modern Chinese history. Having won the hearts of the peasants and the war against the KMT, he is also the Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 5, 2015
- 2nd generation high speed trainWelcome to the G class trains of China. At 3x the speed (and cost) of the typical K class train, these shiny new trains glide along at 300 kph.
At the end of this year, it is estimated that China Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 30, 2015
- Sea of cloudsAhh the sought after picturesque view of the sea of clouds. Forms only after rain showers at higher altitudes, these natural phenomenons inspire a feeling of awe.
At even higher altitudes, if you are lucky, looking out at it would Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 29, 2015
- Nap timeMuch like the siestas in Latin America, there is an afternoon rest period in most professions in China. Usually lasting between 2-4 hours (summer is longer due to heat in non air conditioned factories), one can either take a nap Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 28, 2015
- Meeting my younger selfThe other day at the hostel I met a younger version of myself: eager, ambitious, naive, and of course, good looking. He just started working (same profession) and talked about all the places he wanted to travel and explore. He Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 27, 2015
- FOTO + DOMANDAVoglio condividere una foto che ho fatto ieri e dalla quale ovviamente possono partire mille e mille riflessioni...
Contesto: negoziovenditutto (il "cianfrusagliaio" direbbe mio cognato!) in vetrina.
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- Why break a sweat when you can just ride the cable car?I talked to the old man who was carrying 50kg of rice up the 2.5 hour climb and he said he get paid about $13 per trip, which he makes twice per day.
There is a cable car right above Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 26, 2015
- Why not to marry a photographerReason not to marry a photographer?
We will go to great lengths and sometimes take great risks just to take a photo. Those who are prone to jealousy may think we love our hobbies/professions more than themselves, and sometimes that is Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 25, 2015
- 1st generation high speed trainD class trains are the Chinese first generation high-speed trains. It is the second fastest class train for long distances (also second most expensive) traveling at speeds of no more than ~200 kph. It used to travel at 300 kph, Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 24, 2015
- A Trip To Qing Cheng ShanBlog Entry 6
April 15, 2015
Last Thursday, I decided to take a walk and stumbled upon a traditional Chinese pharmacy. Glass cases filled with trays and bowls of herbs, roots, seeds and so on lined the walls. The scent Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Apr 24, 2015
- A good picnic spotAfter a train ride, 2 buses, a motorbike and a 6km hike, I have found myself a nice picnic spot.
Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 23, 2015
- Living the Chengdu LifeBlog Entry 5
April 7, 2015
Two Mondays ago, my Daoism class took another field trip. This time to a famous Buddhist temple. We arrived on a very special day; the local monks were about to perform an annual ceremony. Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Apr 23, 2015
- My First ExcursionBlog Entry 4
March 31, 2015
Two Sundays ago, I met a few friends for breakfast at a Muslim restaurant. Before I continue, let me say that I had no idea China has such a large Muslim population before coming. Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Apr 22, 2015
- Mountains in South China, Part 2Mount Sanqing (三清山), is the smaller brother of China's most famous mountain, Mount Huang (Yellow Mountain, 黄山). It is slightly shorter (by ~300m) but equally as spectacular as its bigger brother. And with the lesser status, it is much less Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 22, 2015
- Life in ChengduBlog Entry 3
March 22, 2015
On the afternoon of the day that I wrote my last blog entry, I got out of class and decided to join a couple of my French friends in going to Jinli, an ancient walking street Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Apr 21, 2015
- The First Week of ClassesBlog Entry 2
March 13, 2015
Time in Chengdu seems to fly by; already nine days since my last blog entry! On the fifth, I met a group of Chinese business students who had plans to walk the lantern-lit streets in Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Apr 21, 2015
- Sea of yellowRapeseed flower blooms are a popular tourist attraction in southern China. Used mostly for animal feeds, cooking oils and lubricants, rapeseed is one of the world's oldest vegetables.
During the full bloom (April) millions of tourists flock to southern Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Apr 21, 2015
- Becoming Culturally Immersed “Ring, Ring, Ring,” the last time I would hear my alarm go off in my Southern Vermont home for the next 98 days. After saying my final farewell to my brother and packing the Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Apr 20, 2015