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501 Orchard Rd #02-20 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Threadbare & Squirrel has grown from its little nook up a poky staircase along Haji Lane into a much bigger store. Correspondingly, it now curates some of the hipper designer local and Asian brands, and it has become one of my "must-visits"...
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100 Beach Rd, Singapore 189702
The Tong Tong shop is a darling little corner in the aging Shaw Towers complex. You can't help but notice this mysterious-looking tunnel that directs you to places unknown! The tunnel leads you into a cute little shop that sells a range of...
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Singapore
There are oodles and oodles of options at this 24/7 food center. Try the signature noodle dish at Wanton Kee noodle stall—the queue moves quickly so you can dive right in to the chewy heap. Noodles, roasted pork and meats, waffles, dumplings,...
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Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quang Nam Province 560000, Vietnam
At Morning Glory restaurant, there is a plethora of local dishes to choose from -- morning glory salad, Cao Lau and White Rose (banh bao vac) to name a few. Or a highlight in itself is to rise early in the day and sit outside and sip on Vietnamese...
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68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
For a morning or afternoon retreat from center city Kuala Lumpar, take public transit or a 15-minute taxi ride to the Batu Caves. There's no charge to climb the 200+ stairs of this Hindi worship landmark and see the remarkable statue, take in the...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
AFAR note: map would not let me point to location of photo, it is: Indein, Inle Lake, Myanmar. Mountain biking around the sublime setting of Inle Lake was something I've wanted to do for years and was far more incredible than I'd imagined. The...
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38 Shelley St, Mid-level, Hong Kong
After several weeks in Asia, we were hungry for some European flavours and a great glass of wine to wash it all down with. We stumbled upon the lively Bacar Tapas and Wine Bar, just off the Central Mid-Levels Escalators. The service was friendly...
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號 1 樓, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
Finding a decent steak in Hong Kong is a difficult and pricey affair. However, after weeks of living on local flavours, we were craving a juicy cut of beef. The reviews we read on-line lead us to Tango Argentinian Steakhouse, in the Mid-Levels...
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Hong Kong, 九龍城龍崗道19號G
When a Hong Kong foodie friend agreed to take us on a tour of Kowloon restaurants, we jumped at the chance. Dodging a downpour, we ducked into Chao Phraya Thai restaurant. "I don't care what else you order," he said, "but we must get the...
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Rd No 1.5, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
Kinyei or Street 1 1/2 as it is also know serves quite possibly the best americanos or cappuccinos in Cambodia. There is also a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to sit and veg out or read. If you are craving a taste of home, they have...
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30 Raffles Ave, Singapore Flyer, Singapore 039803
In Singapore, love is in the air. Many young people live with their parents, so courting is all about being out on the town. For a grand, romantic gesture, sweep your partner off his or her feet (literally) and reserve a four-course Sky Dining...
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9028-2 Shennan Ave, RenMin NanLu, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
What's not to love about a restaurant called King's Dumpling? This place has great dumplings (duh) including Shanghai-style soup dumplings, but it's also well-known for its dim sum. If you come here on the weekend, be prepared to wait. This highly...
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Shennan Ave, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
I have to admit, I'm not a very good art appreciator. I usually visit museums and galleries just because I feel I should. Holy Cow! Now, this is my kind of gallery! The whole building is devoted to hexagons, from the hexagon glass frame on the...
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9028 Shennan Ave, DongMen, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
This shopping center is at the heart of the Windows of the World/OCT area in Shenzhen. It sits at the intersection of the Shekou and Luobao Metro Lines, and it is also home to the lovely 5-star Westin Hotel. While this center has some great shops...
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Coastal City, Wenxin 5th Rd, HouHai, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518054
China is much more famous for manufacturing than design, but that is changing fast. Emoi is a great example of that. This brand has exploded in China in the past two years. With their sleek, minimal design and trademark green and white color, you...
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5 Xiangshan E St, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000
This place is popular with travelers at the nearby youth hostel, and it's easy to see why. Donkey Bar is more cafe than bar. The decor is a beautiful Tibetan theme, with Buddhas watching you serenely from every corner. You can borrow a book from...
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Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, 518053
If Godzilla ever came to China it would be a lot like a visit to Miniature China. You can take great pictures of your friends and family stomping along the Great Wall or the Forbidden City. It is really amazing to see the level of detail in the...
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9013 Shennan Ave, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
This is just China's second modern art museum, and well worth a visit. A short ten-minute walk from Windows of the World and the Westin Hotel, you'll be sure to want cross over the land bridge that serves as the entrance to this museum. Some of...
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China, Guangdong Sheng, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, HuaQiaoCheng, Shennan Ave, 9028-2号益田威斯汀酒店 邮政编码: 518053
My husband and I come to the Grange Grill every couple of months for a "date night." It's one of the hippest, sexiest restaurants in Shenzhen. The furniture is all leather and sleek wood, and the entire restaurant looks out over the city. This...
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555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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On a trip to Hong Kong a couple of years ago I dined at Ming Court, which was at the time a 2 Michelin star restaurant, located on the 3rd floor of the Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kok on the Kowloon side. I went with the "Frog Trio," which...
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Dong Fang Hua Yuan, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Province, China, 518000
When the Shenzhen summer is at its hottest, you'll want to stop at a little kiosk or flag down a wandering fruit seller to buy a fresh coconut. I've found that nothing quenches heat-induced thirst quite like sipping from a giant coconut. I...
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China, Guangdong, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, HuaQiaoCheng, 华侨城LOFT创意文化园F-1栋101-104号 邮政编码: 518053
Two different people have taken me here to eat these amazing pineapple buns, so I'm pretty confident declaring them the best pineapple buns in Shenzhen. I love pineapple buns. Contrary to their name, pineapple isn't an ingredient. The...
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9028-2 Shennan Ave, RenMin NanLu, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
If you walk away from Windows of the World on Shennan Road, you'll quickly notice these quirky statues everywhere. The remarkably lifelike statues make it seem as if someone came and froze dozens of people in bronze. It's quite a sight to see real...
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Xinglong N Rd, Longsheng Gezuzizhixian, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China
In the Longji Rice Terraces in Yunnan Province, China, people plant rice in thin, flooded strips that hug the hills as far as the eye can see. Water buffalo and farmers like this man traipse through the mud together to plow them, back and forth...
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11, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
With a name like "The Bread Shop," it stands to reason that the bread at this little establishment must be something special. And, sure enough, it is. This bakery cafe is located in the residential area of Bukit Damansara, hidden amidst a short...
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Though first-time visitors to Thailand will often flock to the overdeveloped town of Phuket, speak to the locals and they’ll all recommend a visit to Krabi province instead. Not only is Krabi home to the beautiful town of Ao Nang, just south is...
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Japan, 〒618-0071 Kyōto-fu, Otokuni-gun, Ōyamazaki-chō, Ōyamazaki, Ryūkō, 字大山崎小字竜光53−2
Mo-an is one of the great cafe experiences of the world--located up a hill, behind a temple, with views that look out over the surrounding area. It is perfect and serene.
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Japan, 〒900-0014 Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Matsuo, 2 Chome−5−1 2F
Japanese generally don't like very spicy food, except for the Okinawans. Koregusu is the hot sauce of this island chain, made with vinegar and very hot peppers, and poured on top of everything from stewed pork to Okinawan soba noodles.
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68/1 ซอยหลังสวน ถนนเพลินจิต แขวงลุมพินี เขตปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
Gaggan serves a strange and beguiling combination: Traditional Indian, creative Indian, and Indian Italian. Okay, the Indian Italian just seems strange...but I didn't try it yet. The Indian parts of the menu are simply superb--as good or better...
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24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
Two of the cooks who worked with me at Nahm in London opened a dinner-only spot named Bo.lan. Bo and Dylan prepare traditional but often hard-to-find dishes, such as stir-fried chicken thighs with bamboo shoots, and red curry of pork hock. —David...
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ตลาดพระเครื่อง อ.ต.ก.3 , ห้อง 181, 14 ถนนเลี่ยงเมืองนนทบุรี, บางกระสอ, เมืองนนทบุรี, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand
Or Tor Kor is the best market in Bangkok, hands down. Though it's more expensive than other markets, it's bright, clean and has a phenomenal selection of all kinds of foods. The small food court in the back hosts a bunch of vendors, most of whom...
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Sihui Bridge, ShiLiPu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
The first blue sky after 100 hours heavy pollution .
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1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Left to right: ice lemon tea, tea milkshake, Teh Tarik (or 'stretched tea'). Just three of the many choices you can find at the Cameron Valley Tea House in the Publika shopping mall. The best thing about the Teh Tarik is that it's bottomless,...
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2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
For the best collection of Malaysian paintings and sculptures, the only place to go to is the National Visual Arts Gallery. It houses a vast collection, ranging from renown artists pioneering the Pop Art movement in the '50s right up to the grunge...
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昂平 路111號, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
I had a long layover in Hong Kong so I set out to explore. From the airport I took the S1 bus to Tung Chung and hopped on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. It was raining and foggy but the views are awesome. By the time I got to Ngong Ping Village it...
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China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Tianhe Qu, TianHe GongYuan, Zhongshan W Ave, 东圃镇
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While there's only one location marked here, you'll see dozens of these small noodle shops throughout Guangzhou, recognizable by wood-and-marble tables, a standard green-and-yellow sign (look for the characters 兰州 and 面), and picture menus posted...
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Zhusigang 2nd Rd, DongShanKou, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Laobanzhang is an old Chinese restaurant opened by a veteran, and the waitstaff are usually attired in camouflage pants. Military themes aside, the signature dish is Guan Tang Bao Zi (Steamed Bun with Hot Gravy) and Chinese millet congee (a...
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China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Haizhu Qu, 新港东路畔江花园外街1号
Tiny tea shops are scattered throughout the city, and all offer free tastings for potential buyers, but for an elegant tea-drinking experience, the Zizaitang Tea House can't be beat. It's a peaceful teahouse with traditional Chinese furniture and...
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Yuejiang W Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Oyster eating is deeply rooted in Guangzhou's food culture, and it is historically one of the most popular Guangzhou street foods. Lingnan cuisine—the predecessor to modern Cantonese culture—discovered the oyster over 1,000 years ago. (During the...
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Haizhu, Guangzhou, China
I've given up trying to count the number of Chinese cuisines, but I haven't given up trying to eat them all. Ami's Inn offers up Chongqing-style dishes in a hip setting along the Pearl River. Like many of the best dishes in China, the food here is...
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China, Guangdong Sheng, Guangzhou Shi, Haizhu Qu, 小洲东路138号 邮政编码: 510006
A 320-acre botanical park in the midst of Xiaozhou Island, the Yingzhou Ecological Park has over 50,000 fruit trees and plants. Dozens of varieties of fruit from South China can be found here: dragon eyes (similar to lychee), starfruit, bananas,...
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161 Qianjin Rd, JiangNan DaDao, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Chinese porcelain is globally recognized, and Guangzhou is home to some of the most colorful enamel styles (described locally as Cantonese colorful pottery). While picking up some rare, original pieces may break the bank, you can make and decorate...
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China, Guangdong, Guangzhou, Huangpu, 长洲岛
The Whampoa Military Academy, founded by the Kuomintang under Sun Yat-Sen in 1924, was an important piece of Chinese Military history. The site was destroyed in the 1930s by the Japanese, but rebuilt in the 60s. Today, it has been preserved as a...
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China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Panyu Qu, Daxuecheng Outer Ring W Rd, 新造镇
Lingnan is one of the backbones of modern Cantonese culture, and the Lingnan Impression Garden, a part-historical museum, part-theme park site located on the University City Island, brings that history to life. Visitors can see reconstructions of...
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China, Guangzhou Shi, Haizhu Qu, 琶洲街新港东路石基村黄埔古港 邮政编码: 510330
It's hard to imagine a fresher farm-to-table experience, and here it is within the confines of one of the world's largest cities. Just outside the Huangpu Village, on-farm restaurants offer fresh-made meals, served up at tables inside their...
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Yuejiang W Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
One of the first nights I went out in Guangzhou, I met up with some friends at The Clock, a spot along the bar-dense Party Pier. The crowd was a lot like our table: Chinese white-collar workers, local Chinese students, European and American...
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128 Yuancun 4th Cross Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Bring a camera and prepare to wander up and down alleyways of what was once one of the largest factories in Asia. Art galleries, major design studios, boutique and couture clothing shops, cafes and restaurants fill out shady tree-lined streets....
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160 Wenming Rd, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Cantonese food is astonishingly good, and it's hard to find a bad meal in Guangzhou. But a friend recommended one dish I hadn't heard of that seems more Tiki Bar than authentic Chinese: braised chicken cooked inside of a coconut. The best spot to...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
On a deck overlooking the Nam Khan River and with just 6 tables, Rosella Fusion Restaurant is a secret favourite with expats in Luang Prabang. The restaurant offers amazing value for tasty Thai and Lao dishes like pad thai and spicy Lao beef...
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Jl. Petitenget No.77, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Located just outside mainstream Kuta in the Seminyak district, Bali Catering Company Gourmet is tucked away in the middle of local homes and holiday villas, just feet from the coastline. The menu has all-day breakfast, as well as a variety of...
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Wu Dao Ying Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
A not-too-long hutong (lane) flanked with eateries of diverse cuisines and interesting curio shops, one can leisurely stroll or take a sip in one of its many cafes. Nearby is the famous Yonghegong Lama Temple as well s the Confucius Temple....
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Stayed at the lovely Saynamkhan Hotel just a stone's throw away from the Saynamkhan River. The River is quite interesting with so many things going on. What I love about travelling is watching the locals do the everyday things. I took this shot by...
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Vientiane, Laos
Rent a bike or ride a tuk-tuk to visit the gold reclining Buddha in Vientiane. It's a bit out of the way, but definitely worth seeing. The golden stupa, temples and pagoda are also within the vicinity.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
The Elephant Village Sanctuary in Luang Prabang gives rescued elephants a safe, new home where they are free from abusive work. Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but the elephant in Laos is now a profoundly endangered species. Some...
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Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Despite the heat, the experience of walking through the ancient city of Angkor was rather humbling. As I walked through the ruins, I imagined what it would've looked like back in the day when it was first built. I was blown away by the fact that...
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Huazhou Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
A centuries-old village, islanded by the various river streams and tributaries of the Pearl River that crisscross the region, Xiaozhou Village today is a magnet for arts and culture in Guangzhou. New shops, cafes, stone streets, and historic...
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Huazhou Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Another find within the picturesque Xiaozhou Village, this clothing and accessories shop is tucked into at an old village house. Many of the items for sale are traditional to China’s minority group; you'll find clothes, wallets, shoes, jewelry,...
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26 Tonghu Rd, HuanXiHu ShangQuan, Gulou Qu, Fuzhou Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 350001
From authentic dishes to inventive fusion creations, Fuzhou boasts a unique pan-Asian food scene. With a long history as a port city, it comes as no surprise that their mix of cuisines has been influenced by regional and foreign visitors. If...
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8 Xiyang Rd, NanMen ShangQuan, Taijiang Qu, Fuzhou Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 350001
Situated among Chinese and Western-style buldings, the Chating (茶亭) shopping district is perfect for picking up handicrafts and all other retail goods. While a few shops used to sell local products, like these traditional combs created from the...
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2 Zhujiang E Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510620
The Guangdong Museum is, first and foremost, a gorgeous building. One of the many unusual structures that lines the new Zhujiang New Town Plaza, the Guangdong Musuem is an easy one to enter on your own time and own terms. Browse exhibits on...
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EZ Café is the place to satisfy your Western food cravings while in China, and they regularly change the menu to keep the wide range of international staples fresh. Instead of dining in, pick up a pastry from their to-go bakery (aptly named "Take...
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21 Xianta St, DongJieKou ShangQuan, Gulou Qu, Fuzhou Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 350001
Most areas of the city can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty but have been modernized. On Bayiqi road, though, you'll find yourself in one of the older and more immersive shopping districts in Fuzhou. With walking streets and entire roads that...
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Yuejiang W Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Part of the Zhujiang Brewery's "Party Pier" development, the Dream Bar is in a prime location on the second floor, overlooking the river. Domed white structures (that are the brainchild of an architect-turned-bartender owner) and patio furniture...
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Lianjiang, Fuzhou, China
Chinese hot springs share a 1,000-year history dating back to the Tang Dynasty; their development and utilization has been a unique resource for relaxation and well being, especially in Fuzhou. Pools are kept at different temperatures, so there's...
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135 Xingang W Rd, BinJiang Lu, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Sun Yat-sen University—also known as Zhongshan University—is one of the Top 10 universities in China, and the very best in Guangdong. It's also one of the most beautiful, I think! The university was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-Sen, an important...
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Ying Bin Lu, Panyu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 511430
Chimelong Circus claims that to be the largest circus in the world—and with a 7,000-person seating capacity, they are probably right. Circus performers come from all over the world, putting on extravagant shows that feature everything from...
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Binjiang E Rd, BinJiang Lu, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
One of my favorite things about Guangzhou is the electric night skyline. Along the banks of the Pearl River, the newest of the city's several impressive downtown districts glitters with hundreds of thousands of LED lights in multiple colors....
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Huazhou Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Located in Xiaozhou Village, behind a hundred-year old huge tree, this little shops sells original works by local artists, including hand-drawn postcards and maps and crafts. Nearly everything in the shop is "one of a kind," and prices are very...
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St. Lawrence's Parish, Macau
People flock to Macau to gamble. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's a shame when time at the roulette wheel takes away from exploring what is otherwise a brilliant little colonial-era treasure. Macau's old cobbled streets are brimming with...
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Sandu, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
The air smelled of wet earth, cotton candy and fried pork as we waded through mud to help celebrate the Duan festival in Longtai. Children laughed and jumped in the inflatable tent, and the adults lifted their voices in warning when a water...
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After browsing strings of pearls of every shape, size, and color, I picked the ones I liked and the shopkeeper here made them into a necklace for me. I got to pick the clasp and knotting style, too. This is shop No. 29 on the third floor in the...
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1881 Bao'an S Rd, CaiWuWei, Luohu Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000
The Penthouse on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt is my favorite bar in Shenzhen. The views are unreal, and the bar itself is comfortable, chic, and well-managed.
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Whether you're an artist or not, this is a great spot to surround yourself in good design and get a taste of the contemporary art scene in Shenzhen. There are many restaurants and cafes, galleries, and shops to browse. Don't confuse this area with...
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China, Guangdong Sheng, Guangzhou Shi, Liwan Qu, Shamian S St, 1号白天鹅宾馆 邮政编码: 510000
On an island in the Pearl River this hotel is elegant and claims to have hosted presidents who have visited the city. I have enjoyed each of the 9 visits I have made to this hotel...the service is excellent.
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R. da Felicidade, Macau
On the opposite side of Senado square, walk up the little street, the first right street is rua da felicidade, Macau's former red light district - also how the street got its name "Happiness Street" from its former seedy, heady colonial past....
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Sha Mian Nan Jie, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Shamian Island was a former port where Europeans used to live during the Qing dynasty. The island is filled with colonial mansions and old buildings with tree lined avenues and a park that offers respite from the crazy busy streets of Guangzhou....
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St. Lawrence's Parish, Macau
You could lose your shirt at one of Macau's ostensibly ostentatious casinos, or you could lose your way along Rua de Tercena, an old Macanese street where colonialism continues to crawl under cobblestones. Here, proprietors are more interested in...
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Macau
The A-Ma Temple is a famous Macau landmark, and though it can be crowded at times, it's worth a visit - the temple grounds are beautiful, and the atmosphere is rich. I loved photographing these cards - the red set against candlelight was striking...
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R. da Felicidade, Macau
Once known as a "red light district" for sailors passing through Macau, Rua da Felicidade has revitalized into an area for bakkwa - a sweet meat in flat, sheet-like forms - among other boutique restaurants, shops, and cafes.
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163 Tianhe N Rd, TianHeBei, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510620
Whether it’s DJs busting out beats, live music rocking the house, or models strutting down the runway, there’s always something going on at Catwalk. This large club has a variety of seating options from VIP down to the dance floor. If in a group,...
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Liwan, Guangzhou, China, 510000
Nestled amongst shopping districts in Haizhu and Liwan districts, the Hualin Temple is peaceful refuge from the hectic surrounding city life. Visitors are welcome and you might get the chance to observe some of the monks’ daily rituals and...
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Dongguan, Guangdong, China
82 degrees at 5:45am. Jet lag has led me outside to this peaceful place. Sometimes business trips do have moments of serenity, despite the humidity! Amazing hotel and grounds.
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Panyu, Guangzhou, China
Da Fu Mountain, or in Mandarin, Da Fu Shan, is a large park in Panyu District, on the outside of downtown Guangzhou. Still within the city limits of metropolis Guangzhou, it feels a world away with bike paths, hiking, picnic areas and paddle...
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China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Huangpu Qu, 港湾路368号
It’s rare to find a rooftop patio in Guangzhou, and 1920s Restaurant and Bar has a expansive one at its Taojin location. Head up to the top at night when the sun’s strong rays are gone for the day, and catch the cool breeze that is nonexistent on...
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3 Shamian S St, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Once you cross the bridge to Shamian Island, you feel transported to a different country. The architecture is European and the shop owners speak English. Chinese and foreigners stroll through the quiet streets and lush parks. The most well known...
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China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Yuexiu Qu, BeiJingLu, Qiaoguang Rd, 泰康街 邮政编码: 510000
The Christmas holiday is gaining huge popularity in China. The Christmas Market in Guangzhou has anything and everything related tis the season: trees, decorations, Santa costumes, wrapping paper. Even if you don't need to buy anything, it's an...
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Japan, 〒250-0407 Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, Ninotaira, 二ノ平1121
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This is the view inside the Symphonic Sculpture by Gabriel Loire at the Hakone Open Air Museum (彫刻の森 in Japanese) in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. The spectacular grounds,...
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Japan, 〒104-0045 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Tsukiji, 5 Chome−2−1
The Tsukiji Market is the world's largest seafood market, with more than 2,000 tons of seafood moving through it daily. There are two parts to the operation: the inner market, or jonai, accessible after 10 a.m., and the outer market, or jogai,...
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6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
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This restaurant was recommended by the "Tokyo Guide" iPhone app I was using. It looked great, and I love dumplings. When we walked in, we were a bit worried because everything was in Japanese, even the menu. Donna, who knows Chinese, was trying to...
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Japan, 〒160-0004 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, 新宿区Yotsuya, 1 Chome−1−11 陽臨堂ビル 1F
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When I took my beautiful wife to Tokyo to celebrate her birthday in March, because we only had three days in town we had to very carefully curate our dining choices. While we did visit an old favourite, most of the restaurants we visited were new...
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104-0061, Japan
The Ginza district is home to Tokyo's oldest and most prestigious shopping department stores and high-high end luxury retailers. Chuo-Dori, the main artery in the tony shopping district of Ginza, is worth a walk-down if you're drawn to streets...
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5 Chome-2 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Fresh anago eel battered and deep-fried until crispy. The tempura anago is then dipped into a savory soy broth and placed over a steaming bowl of rice. Tenfusa Tsukiji 5-2-1, Building #6
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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

You can spend a lot of money on food in Tokyo. Or you can spend a little. And get food shaped like a fish and filled with delicious sweet bean paste.Andthesmiling woman who'swhipping up those tasty little fish, called taiyaki,might even give your...

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Japan, 東京都新宿区新宿3丁目
I had one free night in Tokyo—only one chance to connect with a Japanese acquaintance from a dive trip on Midway Atoll 10 years earlier. Our mutual friend, Shintaido master Haruyoshi Fugaku Ito, suggested we meet at the Shinjuku rail station and...
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3f, アメ横センタービル 4 Chome-7-8 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005, Japan
Here is tako (octopus) for sale at one of the many merchant stalls dotting the Ame-yoko shopping street in Ueno, Tokyo. Ameyoko (アメ横) is a busy market street along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. The name "Ameyoko"...
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Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
Under the tracks of the Yamanote line train, running from Tokyo to Shinbashi stations, you'll find hidden, unique dining experiences. Down here locals serve everything from specialty Japanese cuisines to unique international tastes—Thai, French,...
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Saiwaicho, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 286-0028, Japan
I had an eight-hour layover in Tokyo (Narita). After doing a lot of research, I realized that I wouldn't have enough time to go into Tokyo without feeling incredibly rushed to get back to the airport to catch my connection home. Instead, I decided...
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Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, 東京都 渋谷区宇田川町4−3
Noticeable by a bright yellow sign with a pig eating Ramen, Hakata Tenjin offers the best affordable Ramen in Shibuya. Perfect for the day after a late night out in one of the many bars in Shibuya. Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-5-4
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Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza, 3丁目5−8 銀座らん月地階
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I was with friends who wanted to learn about sake. Our biggest challenge was finding someplace open for lunch. Sake no Ana in Ginza was not only a great find, the variety and selection of sake was amazing. The sake sommelier here, Sakamoto-san (no...
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Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
It didn't seem to bode well that nearly a dozen buses were idling in the huge parking lot outside the giant modern building that overlooks Tokyo Bay from Kanaya Harbor. But the "tourists" that piled out of the buses were all Japanese, most from...
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Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
What do you do with a nine-hour layover in Japan? Take the train one stop to downtown Narita, and eat your way around town. I was surprised by how lovely this city was, especially for being so close to the airport. The little cobblestone streets...
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Japan, 〒106-0032 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 6−10−1 六本木ヒルズ ヒルサイド 2F
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This two-Michelin-starred restaurant by Joel Robuchon is a replica of the L'Atelier in Paris and Las Vegas. Here they reinterpret French dishes with a bit of a Japanese influence. Counter seating makes any meal an event as you watch the chefs at...
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Japan, 〒111-0031 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Senzoku, 3 Chome−20−2 吉原神社
My wife and I were in Japan for her first visit, and we had resolved to stay in Japanese-style ryokans instead of Western-style hotels to save money as well as for the new experiences. Needless to say, before GPS, this resolution made it...
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
The colorful Asakusa district is a laid-back, fun, colorful neighborhood where you can buy crappy kitsch and kitschy crap (there are a lot of kitchenware shops, for some reason). Asakusa is also home to Tokyo's most well-known temples and 45...
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Japan, 〒299-2100 千葉県Awa-gun, Kyonan-machi, Motona, 安房郡鋸南町鋸山
After riding the ropeway cable car up the mountain from the fishing port of Kanaya, and taking in the view of Tokyo Bay, a short hike up the forested mountainside leads to this five-story Kannon (aka Avalokitesvara and Guanyin) carved into the...
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Japan, 〒110-0005 Tokyo, 台東区 上野4丁目
Absolutely must-visit market - super super packed with tons of local and tourist a like. Still charming with all the crowds. This scene is of an 'auction' of sorts - what I gather is that the price is fixed and you 'bid' for a bagful of goodies....
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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

I knew I was going to have great noodles in Japan, but these were amazing! I couldn't believe just how much better the noodles I had at a completely random restaurant in a mall were.

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2 Chome-5-2 Kyobashi, 中央区 Tokyo 104-0031, Japan
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Tempura Don for lunch at Fukamachi Restaurant in Tokyo.
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9, 千代田区丸の内1丁目9−1
of our US vending machines - we first experienced cell phone payments for vending during a trip to Japan in 2004. most interestingly you could procure many goods from the machines - not just the seemingly endless variety of tea and coffee shown at...
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Japan, 〒299-1861 Chiba Prefecture, Futtsu, Kanaya
The Fish is an enormous complex on the Chiba side of Tokyo Bay. While the restaurant attracts tour buses, they are dropping off Japanese diners and shoppers, not Westerners. The restaurant serves impeccably fresh seafood, and the marketplace...
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1 Chome-1-4 Rokkenmachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken 350-1113, Japan
Kawagoe is a small city in Saitama Prefecture located roughly half an hour from Ikebukuro by express train on the Tobu Tojo line. It is known for its well-preserved kura (storehouses) dating back to the Edo period. The Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan...
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Japan, 〒151-0051 Tokyo, 渋谷区千駄ヶ谷5丁目24−24−2
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Deep-fried oysters, available only in the cold winter months, at Inaba Wako at Shinjuku Takashimaya. Inaba Wako is on the 13th floor of Takashimaya.
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9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0052, Japan
Here I captured reflections of surrounding buildings off of a plate-glass ceiling of the basement of the Tokyo Midtown shopping and office complex in Roppongi, Tokyo. At 6.1 million square feet, the complex was completed in March 2007. It includes...
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Japan, 〒180-0003 Tokyo, Musashino, 吉祥寺南町1丁目6−7
Base Café is located at the top of 2 flights of narrow stairs, both of which are sudden, dark and very mysterious - all wonderful qualities. Suddenly you’re there; the main room is modest and cozy, accommodating an open kitchen and the assortment...
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Japan, 〒111-0035 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Nishiasakusa, 3 Chome−3, シャリオかっぱ橋
An Osaka speciality, takoyaki is the ultimate street food—grilled (yaki) balls of dough stuffed with octopus (tako), covered with whatever you want (I recommend bonito flakes, a sweet soy sauce, mayo and egg—fantastic), served hot and cheap! See...
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Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
On the way out the door to the Tsukiji Fish market, I tossed a CLIF bar in my bag. I had read somewhere that sushi is breakfast food in Japan and I had also read about the excellent places to pick up fresh sushi near the fish market (imagine such...
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5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0045, Japan
Tsukiji fishmonger, en route to outer market
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Japan, 〒102-0073 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kudankita, 1 Chome−9−12 九段下 ビル 1 階
We watched as customers walked up to the vending machine, inserted some Yen, pressed a few buttons, and handed ejected tickets to a hostess who wrote down their orders on a clipboard. After a few minutes in line, the hostess led the customers into...
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義富ビル1F, 1-17-1 Jingumae, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
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Michelin Star-decorated and celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s business thrives well in Japan. True to its name, Wolfgang Puck Express serves up a quick, practical menu comprised of quick, easy dishes: salads, burgers, pasta and roast chicken. While...
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Japan, 〒111-0035 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Nishiasakusa, 3 Chome−3, シャリオかっぱ橋
Nom nom nom!
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Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
Dining streetside under the train station in Chicken Alley. Best yakitori!
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Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This stall was selling moist chocolate cake. When we ordered some, the lady doused our cake with a thick chocolate sauce. Needless to say, it was sinfully scrumptious!
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China, Fujian, Fuzhou Shi, Yongtai Xian, 青云山景区
Atop Qingyun Mountain, overlooking the terraced hillsides, you'll forget you're just outside the bustle of Fuzhou. The mountain offers various ways to immerse yourself in nature: stroll through flowery meadows, visit ancient sites, hike to the...
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Tenganan, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
The Bali Aga people are similar to the Amish in America. Most of their communities do not encourage visitors and are religiously and ceremonially unique, but in Tenganan they actively promote tourism and encourage the purchasing of their artwork....
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28 Gibson St, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow G12 8NX, UK
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This West End spot is known for its haggis, but on my first night in Scotland, I wasn't quite up to that traditional savory pudding of sheep's pluck, oatmeal, onions, and spices encased in stomach lining and then stewed into submission. Instead, I...
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1-1 Hamarikyūteien, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0046, Japan
If you're lucky, you'll get to Japan when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. I was kinda lucky to be there at the tail end. Some trees were still hanging on to spring and just beautiful. Others were seeing their final days and falling...
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Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Ten United States military bases dominate the real estate on this historic island in the East China Sea. Although best known for its strategic location beginning in World War II, Okinawa is very rich with cultural reasons to visit this fascinating...
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Japan, 〒299-5503 Chiba-ken, Kamogawa-shi, Amatsu, 1072
The Torii Arch reaches skyward on a small islet off the Pacific coast of Amatsu-kominato in the Boso Peninsula of Chiba. I came across this after walking around the breakwater of the fishing port located in front of Tanjoji Temple, birthplace of...
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Lake Chūzenji, Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1661, Japan
The Chuzenji Temple in Oku-nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was originally founded in 784 by a Buddhist monk known as Shodo-shonin and is located on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, which is approximately 1,300 meters above sea level. In the middle of the...
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Mount Nokogiri, Kanaya, Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture 299-1861, Japan
Trademark notch at the top of Nokogiriyama ("Saw Mountain") near Futtsu in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The mountain features a distinctive sawtoothed profile of a Japanese saw, due in part to the mountain's history as a stone quarry during the Edo...
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1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Even in the middle of winter, the Imperial Palace Gardens are well worth a stroll. There are plants from all the prefectures of Japan, and the bamboo is lush year-round. The palace is about a 10-minute walk from Tokyo Station, and it's a...
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Japan, 〒603-8361 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kita-ku, Kinkakujichō, 1
Built in the 14th century as a villa for a powerful shogun, Kinkaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion, is an easy bus ride from the main bus terminal in Kyoto. The temple is one of the most popular buildings in...
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Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Less than an hour south of Tokyo, Kamakura is a popular coastal town and home to the Great Buddha. This bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple, has a height of 13.35 meters. It is the second tallest bronze...
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Yoshi-Sushi is located in Osaka's Tsuruhashi neighborhood, adjacent to the wholesale fish market. It opens for business at 6am and caters mostly to fish buyers and sellers, who eat here before, during, or after work. Unlike Tokyo's Tsukiji, there...
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Nanba, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan
A must go for foodie - the delicious Jiyuken Curry in Osaka. They even made rice crackers out of Jiyuken Curry flavor! Words can't describe the flavor... See all of our ideas for where to go in 2015.
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Ureshino, Saga Prefecture, Japan
I love tea but never visited a place where it grew until my Japanese friend told me about Ureshino. I expected to see factories and machines and outlet stores. But hey, this is Japan, not America. Ureshino is a quiet town known not only for its...
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Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
What's not to love in a covered arcade, jam-packed with stalls selling pickle, roast fish, toasty rice crackers, fresh fish, grilled meat, every fruit and vegetable, roasted chestnuts, freshly grilled mochi, sashimi on a stick, kushikatsu, green...
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Touring Tokyo via Rickshaw is something I never thought I would do. For whatever reason it always seemed wrong to have a man standing where a horse would be in other cultures. But then again, every country is different and I soon learned that this...
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Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
No, those two scoops aren't vanilla ice cream. They're butter. This fish lying on a bed of vegetables was served on a sizzling hot plate. It was topped with two scoops of butter. What you had to do was spread the butter over the fish and then stir...
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Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan
On a small side street, near the Palace Side Hotel, a small traditional house hides a gastronomical gem - sukiyaki! Shuck your shoes, step up onto the tatami map, sit on a cushion around a low, circular table and point to the sukiyaki of your...
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4 Chome-4-13 Shibakōen, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0011, Japan
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Tokyo Tower may not be exactly the Eiffel Tower, but at night it is pretty damn close! Sitting near the base of this enormous TV tower is an amazing restaurant that offers fine tofu cuisine in a traditional Japanese garden setting and dojo-style...
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浅草 新仲見世商店街 Asakusa Shin-Nakamise, 1 Chome-26 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
Stray from the path to some more modern and atmospheric shopping. Here bolts of silk are displayed for sale at one of the many kimono shops lining the Shin-nakamise covered shopping pavilion in front of the iconic Senjoji Temple. If you're...
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3 Chome-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023, Japan
In the outer market of Tsukiji, I bought a knife at this amazing shop and the experience stuck with me. Any cook knows a great knife makes all the difference, and here they have such a vast variety of knives, at various prices, that anyone can...
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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9-19 Wakamatsuchō, 若松町 Hakodate-shi, Hokkaidō 040-0063, Japan
I've been quite adventurous with food in most cases, I eat sashimi (raw), both fish and meat in fact. But for some reason, Uni (Japanese for sea urchin) was one of the things that I never dared to try. Maybe it's the color, maybe it's the texture,...
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Japan, 〒556-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa Ward, 惠美須東3-5-3
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Kushikatsu, deep-fried skewers, are an Osaka specialty. The dipping sauce is communal and so the need arises for signs that can convey the most essential kushikatsu commandmant: No Double Dipping.
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1 Chome-19-7 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0053, Japan
A lovely window-shoppers paradise, this is a great area to stroll and watch the world go by (or buy).
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1458 Iwanouecho, Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture 859-5121, Japan
Perched above Hirado Bay, the five-story Hirado Castle is surrounded on three sides by water. Once occupied by the Matsura Samurai clan, the castle’s exhibits showcase items from Japan’s feudal period including, documents, drawings, armor, and...
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On our way from Sapporo to Lake Toya in Hokkaido, Japan, what emerged from the road ahead was this beautiful snow-capped mountain that looks very much like the famous majestic Mt. Fuji (highest mountain in Japan). And as we jokingly called out Mt....
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Japan, 〒060-0042 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Ōdōrinishi, 12 Chome, 第3合同庁舎内
Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, doesn't appeal as a place to visit for a peaceful and relaxing time. Sure enough, the fifth largest city in Japan was bustling when I got there. So in order to photograph scenes of tranquility, I got up early one...
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Japan, 〒990-8540 Yamagata-ken, Yamagata-shi, Hatagomachi, 2 Chome−3, 旅篭町2丁目3−25
Tempura prawn soba noodles in winter.
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Midoricho-1613 Tsuruga, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture 380-8512, Japan
Shiga kogen national park near the town of yudanaka in nagano.
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Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
In Japan, food rarely is what it appears to be. Whether you try to discern it from the artistically crafted plastic displays out front, or from the signs, you don't always get what you expect. I passed by these signs many times in the Shimbashi...
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Tokyo, Japan
While visiting Tokyo, I was really happy to attend a traditional Kabuki performance at the Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre. I bought my tickets online before my arrival in Japan (at the box office, you must present the credit card that you purchased the...
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1 Chome-4-1 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 171-0031, Japan
Tokyo has a ton of vending machines. After sushi we went to buy some snacks and drinks. Fun!
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2 Chome-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
From Shinjuku’s bar scene to Roppongi’s polished cigar bars and Shibuya’s all night karaoke, Tokyo nightlife offers something for everyone. Dogenzaka’s Love Hotel Hill is sprinkled with small Love Hotels, Japan’s kitschy themed rent by the hour...
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200-2 Yamashitachō, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0023, Japan
Yokohama's Chinatown is Japan's largest, developing quickly after the city's port opened to foreign trade in 1859. It teems with restaurants offering steamed buns and myriad noodle dishes. But just as appealing are the illuminated decorations...
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Ohara, Isumi, Chiba Prefecture 298-0004, Japan
Ohara is a small town known for its fishing port (in fact, roughly 60 percent of all of the ise-ebi, or Japanese spiny lobster, caught in Japan comes from Ohara Port). It is about a 1 1/2 hour train ride from Tokyo Station on the Wakashio express....
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Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Jizo Bodhisattva is the guardian spirit of Buddhism tasked with protecting children and rescuing souls from hell. The hats and bibs are hand sewn by faithful visitors who want a chance to interact with Jizo in hopes of gaining his protection. I...
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Japan, 〒542-0081 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo, Minamisenba, 2丁目 長堀地下街2-8
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Indian Curry offers only one dish--Japanese style beef curry, which comes very hot by Japanese standards. There are two sizes and one optional add-on: a raw egg to be mixed into the hot curry. It's a tiny counter-service place that's both cheap...
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Japan, 〒248-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, 小町Komachi, 1 Chome−1
I toured this 500-year-old temple in Kamakura with my oldest son in 2012. A very humbling and spiritual visit!
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Japan, 〒604-0923 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Kamikorikichō, 木屋町通御池上る
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The nested jubacko boxes were unfolded and opened like Russian matryoska dolls on the granite countertop: sushi grade sashimi and tamago, steamed vegetables in all shades of nature’s color-wheel, crispy ethereal tempura vegetables, miso soup: this...
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Japan, 〒605-0074 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Minamigawa, 京都市 東山区祇園町南側529
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We walked through the narrow alleyways of Gion looking for a place to rest our feet during the pre-dinner hours, after visiting Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), then walking the sakura-lined Philosopher’s Path. We...
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Japan, 〒600-8234 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, ホテルグランヴィア京都 烏丸通塩小路下ル東塩小路町901
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Kitcho has 3 Michelin stars and they serve Kaiseki style meals in private dining rooms facing formal Japanese gardens. Our Kitcho adventure involved a tight time frame, a frantic run to the bullet train and the most luxurious meal I've ever had...
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2495-3 大字荻町 Shirakawa-mura, Ōno-gun, Gifu-ken 501-5627, Japan
Shirakawago is a historic mountain village located in the Gifu prefecture of central Japan. The village is well-known for its thatched-roof houses and traditional mountain lifestyle. Stay in one of the many traditional Japanese guesthouses...
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Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
The Japanese omelette is truly an art form. At our hotel in Noboribetsu, we were in awe as we stood by and watched the chef create his masterpiece. He started by pouring the egg mixture into a square pan. He spread out the mixture and as the egg...
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Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
When traveling in Japan I like to stay in ryokans, a type of traditional Japanese inn that originated in the Edo period. Breakfast and dinner are usually included in the ryokan price so even though it may seem expensive it actually is a deal. You...
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Tokyo, Japan
Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita. All across Japan you'll find machines selling all sorts of items—coffee in cans (hot or cold), sushi, umbrellas, alcohol, pornography, trinkets, noodles, books, eggs, and so much more....
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Jian Guo Xi Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
I was in Shanghai for work, but decided to do a bit of exploring for soup dumplings. I came across this place via a local food blogger and decided to try it out. It was quite honestly, incredible. The place is pretty small, with only a handful of...
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650 Gongyuan Rd, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201700
This street is next to the Yu Garden (on your way), and store after store are endless gift shop and eateries. I went there in a rainy day, but still - look how crowded it is!
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Lhasa, Tibet, China
Just before dawn, I’d set out to explore Chakpori—the “Iron Hill”—highest promontory in Lhasa. On its summit, Sangye Gyatsho, seventeenth century regent of Tibet, built the Mentsikhang, a medical college that turned out doctors until it was...
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Tibet, China
In a snowstorm at Pethang Ringmo I was invited into a felt tent for yak butter tea with a drögpa, a nomadic herder. His blackened hands carved off a chunk of butter with a long knife, which he melted into a battered teapot over a dung fire. As he...
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People's Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
Yu Garden - This is the traditional Chinese garden, a very large garden. The feel is very zen. Again, I went there in pouring rain, but still very pretty. There are other major sights that you should go once in Shanghai: 1. The Cheng Huang Temple...
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3 Chongwenmen Outer St, ChongWenMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
One of my favorite moments in Beijing was sitting around the cozy circular bar at Noodle Bar for front-row action of the chef pulling our noodles by hand. The menu is simple and straightforward: all noodle soup with your choice of brisket, tendon...
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
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28 Xianning W Rd, JiaoDa ShangYe JieQu, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
11 April, 2012 - Jiaotong University - Xi'an, China. The Wutong trees (called "Parasol" or "Phoenix" trees in English) are just now getting their leaves. In a few more weeks the leaves will be as large as oak or maple leaves. Jiaotong University...
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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Zhujiajiaozhen, Qingpu, Shanghai, China
On a trip to Shanghai, I took a few days to visit nearby water villages which are considered to be suburbs of Shanghai. These are the places where the canals dominate the village landscape. Often, getting from point A to point B requires transport...
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Longsheng, Guilin, Guangxi, China
It’s hard to believe as I pour a cup of crisp white grains into boiling water that they began their journey to the stove in a place as serene as the terraced hills at Longsheng, outside Guilin, China. The Longji rice terraces cover the rolling...
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Stairways, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Late that afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Rongshar and Menlung rivers, where a promontory of ancient glacial shelf rises several hundred feet above the two swollen rivers. On its summit, the blackened tin roof and broken adobe walls of...
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People's Square, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200000
Far away from the bustle of Shanghai is this lovely quiet and peaceful water village. We rode up the canal to the harmony of this lovely chinese lady singing away!
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Only one and a half hours by train from Xian, the ancient China capital, "Huashan is the most beautiful mountain in China” I was told by many mainland travelers. After a strenuous 5 hours climb, I arrived the snow capped East Peak at 2100m for...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 景山前街4号 邮政编码: 100006
There is a saying that the walkway between the tall walls are "the road of the Yin and Yang" - because no matter what time of the day, there is always one side bright and one side in dark shadow. *and don't ask about what happen during the night...
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24 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Explore the back streets near Andingmen Station for a glimpse of everyday life in the hutongs of Beijing. While in the area, stop for a drink at the unexpectedly hip Siif Cafe. As the sign out front says, they have good coffee, along with...
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100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Tucking into Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), throwing back cocktails along The Bund, strolling with locals in Fuxing Park, trolling for antique treasures in the shops on Dongtai Road, and taking in the past and present at one of the many museums...
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168 Fangbang Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Before it was reincarnated as a dumpling and noodle joint back in 1972, Din Tai Fung was a cooking oil business. That doesn't sound so promising in the flavor department, but it turns out these xiao long bao are some of the best in Shanghai....
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Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Unbelievably, the first of China's National Parks is unknown to many of those travelling through China. Located in the Hunan Province of mid-southern China, Zhangjiajie National Park has clusters of karsts poking out over the landscape as if they...
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Fenghuang, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
This was the view from a gorgeous terrace in Fenghuang, China, a city in Hunan province. The ancient town is distinctive, with its buildings, alleys, bridges, and towers clinging to the atmospheric riverside. But visitors should also know that...
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417 Xizang S Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
With a name like "Flower, Bird, Fish, & Insect Market," why wouldn't you want to check this out?? Just south of People's Square, this market is practically hidden within an entire city block. There are entrances on each side of the block, and it...
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70 South St, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710001
Nice place to visit and see Xi'an
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Ximianqiao Alley, WuHouCi, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610041
The bustling capital city of Chengdu, Sichuan is known for it's huge variety of street food (often very spicy). I stumbled across this cheery vendor in a hectic market selling all sorts of cheap, colourful clothing. He was selling deep fried bread...
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Khumjung 56000, Nepal
Going to Mount Everest is an experience that will leave you in awe of how big everything is in the Himalaya. Sleeping at 16,000+ feet is without a doubt a highlight not to be missed when in Tibet. Make sure you are reasonably fit and spend many...
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China, Shaanxi, Weinan Shi, Huayin Shi, Yuquan Rd, 集灵路 邮政编码: 714200
Health, happiness, and good fortune. Metal chains groan under the weight of this responsibility, of securing the good wishes each gold lock represents. Are you a friend? Are you family? Somewhere, out there, I wished the same for you.
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Yunnan, China
This picture was captured during a visit in a growing region of Yunnan Province. As much as parts of China are high tech, such as cities like Shanghai, some of the scenes like this one show how alot of the people still live in rural areas.
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China, Shanghai Shi, Zhabei Qu, HuoCheZhan, 恒丰路585号 邮政编码: 200000
Little roadside food counters are popular all over the city. I took this photo in the Old City of Shanghai, and munched on some tasty deep fried crab as I walked through the Yue Yuan gardens.
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Pingsong Rd, Songpan Xian, Aba Zangzuqiangzuzizhizhou, Sichuan Sheng, China
The colorful pools here in Huang Long (Yellow Dragon) National Park are formed by calcite deposits over the years. Some are in aqua blue, some are in dark blue, and some are in light shade of purple. On top of the park, the pools have five...
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Hongkou, Shanghai, China
Editor's note: So I'm no longer in Shanghai, but when I googled Caliburger for a friend recently, I've found out their address have changed. Here's the new location: Shanghai - Hongkou District, 1363 Sichuan Bei Lu, One Prime Shopping Mall, Level...
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Jinjiang, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
At this panda sanctuary outside of Chengdu, China, pandas live a great life. They sleep. They eat. They just look cute all of the time!
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Zoo, Xicheng, China, 100037
Traveling to Beijing over the Christmas holiday wasn't exactly my wisest decision. Despite ultra-warm layers, thickly-lined boots, and a massive scarf large enough to protect most of my face, the biting cold stymied my ability to hit all the spots...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Anfu Rd, 308号104室 邮政编码: 200000
Sunflour is a local favorite for breads, pastries, and brunch. Located in the former French Concession, it is a mix of expats and locals. Recently expanded, there is additional seating and outdoor tables are available when the weather is right....
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Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
My first visit to China would have been a disappointment had I not included Guilin. Shanghai and Beijing are traffic-choked international cities .... pretty much stripped of character. The area around Guilin (not too far from Hong Kong) is simply...
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It's 10:00 A.M. (China Standard Time) on the banks of the Karakul in China's far western Xinjiang province, but the sun has just barely risen. I watch a Kyrgyz family emerge from their stone houses to feed chickens and collect water in the long...
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Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Visiting the famous Terracotta Army was on my bucket list, and I was lucky enough to see it recently. As I entered the first pit, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right in front of me was the section holding the life-size terracotta warriors all lined...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, 上海老街 邮政编码: 200085
After getting your bearings from atop the world's highest observation deck at Shanghai World Financial Center, visit the other side of The Bund. Meander through the side streets and alleys of Old Shanghai, where you can find city life as it's been...
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1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
This Iconic grand scale shopping mall has over 230 stores from the mid-tier to the luxury brands of fashion and beauty including two department stores, a supermarket and a wide variety of food options. It is right above the Causeway bay MTR so it...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 瓷器库胡同2 邮政编码: 100006
Li Qun Duck Restaurant is hidden in a Qianmen hutong. (To find it, follow the ducks painted on the hutong walls!) The restaurant doesn't put on airs, and feels effortlessly authentic despite the fact that pictures of statesman and ambassadors who...
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Xigaze, Tibet, China
At the Tashilumpo Monastery complex, where golden pagoda rooftops blaze against the burnt umber hillside, a pall of defeat still hung in the crisp air. In April, Gedhun Choeki Nyima, the boy chosen by the Geluk-pa, and acknowledged by the 14th...
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Completed in 1994, the Oriental Pearl TV tower was the tallest building in Shanghai until 2007 and is still arguably one of the most recognizable towers in Shanghai’s skyline. The tower actually has 15 observation floors but the highest is...
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18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
When the sun goes down over Shanghai, the real spectacle begins. Make your way to the Bund, the city's historic waterfront, featuring early 20th century European style architecture. If you gaze across the Huangpu River at an area called Pudong,...
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China, Gansu Sheng, Jiuquan Shi, Dunhuang Shi, 敦月路
Imagine the surprise and delight our group experienced upon arrival to the rooftop terrace of the Silk Road Hotel in Dunhuang, China! This resplendent view of the Singing Sand Dunes at sunset is in the heart of the exotic lands of the ancient Silk...
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500 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Take advantage of the jetlag and get out really early on the Bund. Many people start their day before the sun rises with jogging, tai chi, or yoga. It is also a great spot to see the skyscrapers of the Pudong district, directly across the river.
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Wulong, Chongqing, China
Located in the Wulong National Geology Park, the Wu Long karsts form a range of stone bridges and deep mountain valleys in Wulong county of Chongqing municipality. The Wulong karsts, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are also home to the Three...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 南锣古巷85号 邮政编码: 100007
On my first trip to China, while in Beijing I stayed in a hostel nestled in a traditional hutong. It was a highlight even then. I loved stepping out the door and heading off into the maze of narrow alleys and unique architecture. There are so many...
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I caught this moment while traveling in the countryside of Guangxi, China, where there are spectacular terraced rice fields near Longsheng. The steepness of these hills does little to deter these farmers from cultivating them with rice, and I...
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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Tumen Shangquan, Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
We call this yang rou pao mo. It's a bread and lamb stew. It has a terrific smell and a terrific taste. Have a try, or your trip to Xi'an will be worthless.
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Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100006
One of my all-time favorite things about China was the candied fruit that was available in every night market. This was in WangFuJing in the very center of the city. Kebabs of grapes, kiwi, plums, crabapple, and much more, all dunked in hot sugar...
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Beiyuanmen Snacks Street, Lianhu, Xi'an, China, 710001
You can't visit Xi'an without having a dumpling feast. Defachang is considered one of the best dumpling houses in the region. Call ahead to request the 18-course dumpling banquet so you can sample the many varieties. One of my favorites is this...
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China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, SanYuan Qiao, E 3rd Ring Rd N, 东三环北路甲2号 邮政编码: 100027
It is said that a trip to Beijing can’t be complete without having a real Peking duck experience. I tried the Peking duck at the biggest Peking duck restaurant in the world—Quanjude (全聚德). This restaurant is assigned by the Chinese authorities to...
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Join throngs of locals on the five-minute ferry ride across Victoria Harbour between the Tsim Sha Tsui cruise pier in Kowloon, on the mainland side, and the Central Pier on Hong Kong Island (a slightly longer ride goes to Wan Chai on Hong Kong...
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Zhongshan Park, Changning, Shanghai, China, 200000
For fans of the Big Bang Theory, you would have to stop by the Bazinga Cafe. Located on 450 Huizhou Road right behind the Cloud Nine Mall, this two-storied cafe offers various types of cuisines ranging from steak, pasta, pizza to Asian dishes. The...
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670 Jindong Rd, NiuShiKou, Jinjiang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610066
Bai Jiu is a Chinese liquor that tastes strong of liquorice and is not very pleasant to drink. However, when I was traveling on the borders of Tibet, high in the mountains of Sichuan, I noticed all locals (even mothers) drinking this before bed....
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Xicheng, Beijing, China, 100006
I felt obligated to visit the Forbidden City while in Beijing as it tops every "must see" list. I sort of wish I hadn't. Even though I went early in the morning it was already mobbed with tourists. After about thirty minutes inside the compound...
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266 Old St, Tunxi Qu, Huangshan Shi, Anhui Sheng, China, 245000
From the Series Tunxi Old Street, Huangshan City, China Tunxi Old Street has many things to offer one is great food, authentic food, you wont get in the West aka American Chinese restaurants. Panda sauce excess express and the likes are total crap...
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China
Situated at the eastern border between Tibet and China, this national park is among the most beautiful I've ever seen. The variety of hues of blues and greens in the many lakes, the multiple waterfalls and the soaring surrounding mountains are...
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Huangshan, Anhui, China, 245800
Chinas Huangshan Mountains. Beautiful picturesk a must visit place for anyone that loves nature, hiking and something unforgettable. I wish i would have stayed 4 more days hiking the mountain. Huangshan is the subject of frequent traditional...
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Hualing Market Motorway Interchange, Shuimogou Qu, Wulumuqi Shi, Xinjiang Weiwuerzizhiqu, China, 830017
I was teaching language methodology in Urumqi for the summer and our host (the department head) decided to drive us out to Hami and Tulupan for the day. We had not left this city of over 1 million people in a month so th 4 hour trek out through...
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Xuhui, Shanghai, China
In our hurry around Shanghai to procure "authentic eats" it suddenly hit me that we were missing the true soul of the experience: the very people that make it happen. As I angled into this grim back alley my companions worriedly waved me back...
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Hong Kong
This is a do-not-miss dish for all the foodies want to try something different! Combined both eastern and western taste-bud. *Please do not count calories...
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Doilungdeqen, Lhasa, Tibet, China
We were eating lunch near a stupa after our horseback ride up the Drechen Valley, a hours from Lhasa. As we sat in the sun we watched a group of Tibetan women lunching slightly below us on the hill. Their husbands were bathing at a nearby hot...
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Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
I went on a weekend trip to Shaoxing, a quaint and picturesque water town a few hours from Shanghai. It's resident's call it the Venice of China, although few people travel the canals by boat because it's a very walkable city. The town has some...
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Seeing Potala Palace at sunset was a highlight of our visit to Lhasa, Tibet. The Palace is amazing inside and out!
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242 Wuhouci St, WuHouCi, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610041
This hotpot in spicy Sichuan was so spicy, it made me cry.
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Han Kou Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Taking a stroll towards The Bund at sunrise in Shanghai, you can see, smell, and hear the beginning of the day for many locals. Shopkeepers prepare their goods. Food vendors prepare their food. Residents wash their laundry. A carefully...
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When I first visited Beijing in 1993 many of the locals looked at me like I was from another planet. Okay, I’m 2 meters tall so that might have had something to do with it. However, it still seemed as if they had never seen a foreigner before. And...
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Datang The Easy Lane, Yanta, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Terrific tower,isn't it?The trip with my honey impressed me.I love her forever,the same as this ancient city.It's worth a visit.Holding her hands,hugging her just like Titanic,standing on the top,felling wind breeze your face.What a impressive...
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Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China, 623400
Jiuzhaigou Valley (or Jiuzhaigou National Park) is located in Sichuan, China. It is one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is the longest hiking experience I've ever had - it took me two days to finish every part of the park! However, I...
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12 Guanlian Rd, Yangshuo Xian, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China
This is the perfect place to stay while in Yangshuo. It is located within walking distance to the busy West Street and the popular walking street where you can find street vendors, good food, and tour guides. The hostel staff are very friendly,...
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Anhui, China
Hongcun is an preserved traditional village in the Anhui province of China. It's a generally unvisited world heritage site, except by Chinese art schools students who paint the architecture during their field trips.
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Xianning W Rd, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
Young lovers stroll along Huan Cheng Nan Lu (South Ring Road) on the first warm Saturday night of the year (17 March, 2012), paralleling the south section of the old Xi'an city wall.
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Zhangjiabao Shangquan, Weiyang, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
We spent a great day with our German and Israeli friends biking the old city wall in Xi'an I had never biked on top of an old city wall before. The bikes were a little bit old and used, but it was a ton of fun! I definitely enjoyed it more than...
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Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
This picture is a view of Pit #1 at the Terra-Cotta museum in Xian...this is a huge site....and they haven't even touched the actual emperors tomb!
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Most big cities in China, of sufficient age and with sufficient mind to preserve the old, have a bell tower and a drum tower. Usually, these are in the town square or somewhere nearby. In Beijing, they are located on the city's famous center line...
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Beiyuanmen Snacks Street, Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710001
Located in the Muslim Quarter in Xi’an, China is the Great Mosque, the country’s oldest and most renowned mosque. The mosque dates back to 742 AD. From all outward appearances, it looks like a Chinese temple and not a mosque; pagodas have replaced...
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Longsheng, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Go to Guilin, China and then go north to Longsheng to the terrace farms. Find the Tian Ti Hotel and order the mushrooms. I don't know where they come from and I don't know what is on them, but I could eat a plateful by myself. In fact, I did......
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Shanghai's famed dumplings are an amalgamation of blazing hot oil juicy dumpling innards filled with tender pork making them the most delicious bite of foodie heaven. As much hype surrounds Yang's fried dumpling, don't take my word for it, try it...
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179 Xizang S Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
As a Shanghai native and someone who grew up truly loving Shanghainese food, nothing beats a round of dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao to satisfy your dumpling craving. This hole-in-the-wall chain restaurant (my favorite location is on Xizang Lu)...
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33 Tongjia Alley, Xincheng Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
This sign warning people of the danger near some stone stair steps in a new apartment courtyard in Xi'an, China might have been spelled properly... But the meaning was understood.
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Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
A few hours from Shanghai, Shaoxing's water-town area is exactly what you would envision China to look like prior to visiting. You can eat at restaurants with local specialties in windows above canals.
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Look no further than Tea Cozy for your Yanshuo vacation. Having lived and traveled extensively in China over the past five years, I can say this is as good as it gets. Expect to pay between US$60-US$120 a night depending on time of year. Instead...
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Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Roughly an hour's bus ride north from Yangshuo will take you to the small fishing village of Xingping. It's just south of the karst bluff viewpoint imprinted on the back of the 20 RMB note. Alternatively, you can reach the quaint village by...
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222 Yan'an E Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Doubt the value of the Environmental Protection Agency? Go visit Shanghai, China. The Consulate General of the United States in Shanghai posts an hourly air quality report on their website. Of the eighteen hourly postings I viewed on a random day,...
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Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China
On a clear day, they say, birds fly under water and fish swim in the sky. A dubious distinction, you say? But no. I stood on the shores of Mirror Lake. And it was true. Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan, China.
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Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Great street to walk by Drum & Bell Towers, Beijing
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West Lake, Xihu, Hangzhou, China
I took a weekend trip to Hangzhou, a city of one million an hour outside of Shanghai. The city surrounds West Lake, and the Chinese believe it to be the perfect fusion of people and nature. At the hotel I was staying at, my friend and I got...
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Gusu, Suzhou, China, 215000
Tucked down a very nondescript street in Suzhou is a secret garden. Cross over the threshold of the wooden doors and follow the pathway until a small pond and pavilion come in to view. Welcome to the Master of the Nets Garden, a masterpiece of...
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Dongcheng, China, 100006
After a beautiful bike ride in the West of Beijing, visit this 500+ year old village which was founded during the Ming dynasty. For an affordable group price you can have an inclusive private bike ride in the countryside and tour of this quaint...
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Wuhua, Kunming, Yunnan, China
I walked under this everyday when I was in Kunming.
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Deqen, Yunnan, China
Deqen, China, is the last outpost in Yunnan Province before the Tibetan border, and it attracts pilgrims and trekkers who set out on the many hiking trails that lead into the high country. Nearby Meili Snow Mountain is a misnomer. The “mountain”...
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Shanghai, China
To think that people would commute using these canals in 500 BC is amazing!
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Hongkou, Shanghai, China
I never thought I would get pork adobo except in the Philippines, but Luneta, the only Filipino restaurant in Shanghai (and run by Filipinos) fulfilled my craving. A delicious pork adobo dish along with a tasty bowl of shrimp-sauced rice. My...
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15 Nanshan Rd, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 310000
Leifeng Pagoda (Chinese: 雷峰塔; pinyin: Léi Fēng Tǎ) is a five story tall tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of West Lake in Hangzhou. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002, since...
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Panshi St, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Guangzhou's torrential growth has poured the city beyond its former borders, creating "islands" out of old villages that once lay far outside the city limits. Huangpu Village (or Huang Pu Cun) is one of the most unchanged in Guangzhou. Huangpu is...
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Gucheng, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Lijiang is China's Venice! My partner found it in a guide book- it's more popular with Chinese tourists. Be sure to take a day trip Tiger Leaping Gorge- the Grand Canyon pales in comparison!
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20 Guangdong Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
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Overlooking the Huangpu River, across from the iconic Pearl Tower, the M on the Bund is worth the visit for the view alone—add beautifully presented, delicious dishes and you have an unforgettable dining experience. Their menu is traditional with...
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100 Chongqing S Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Walking the streets of Shanghai can be quite a head turning event with numerous hot pots steaming and cooking all sorts of savory delights
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100 Country Rd, Jishou Shi, Xiangxi Tujiazumiaozuzizhizhou, Hunan Sheng, China
This quiet village can be reached by taking a 40 minute bus from Jishou that twists and turns through karst peaks. When we arrived the few people that live here seemed to be tucked away in their houses while the kids were hanging out in the...
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It gets pretty scarey when you head up there with hoards of Chinese tourists, it's amazing how this structure has withstood so much foot traffic!
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268 Zhaojiabang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200032
For the ultimate Chinese culinary experience take a cooking class at Cook In Shanghai. A typical lesson is a 4-hour market-to-plate experience: beginning with a trip to pick out fresh ingredients, followed by prep/cooking, then finished off with...
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Dongcheng, Beijing, China
In Beijing, hutongs—narrow lanes and walking streets that characterize some of the city's oldest neighborhoods—are a world in themselves. It's fun finding tidbits and losing yourself in these streets!
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13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
The Imperial College is where Chosen scholars (who had already passed the county and provincial examinations) would go to study for the national and palace examinations. As a teacher living in Beijing, I find China educational history fascinating;...
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Dengfeng Ave, Dengfeng Shi, Zhengzhou Shi, Henan Sheng, China
Wow! What a surprise. I thought it would be interesting, but I mainly headed off Luoyang to the Shaolin Temple, because the friend I was staying with had a lot of work to do that day. I thought I would go and spend an hour--I was so wrong. Aside...
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11 Nanjing W Rd, NanJing XiLu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Barbarossa's Moroccan cuisine, Arabian decor and dramatic warm lighting are like a scene out of Casablanca. However, positioned against Shanghai's skyline and a crowd of hip locals, dining here is a wholly modern Chinese experience. Stay for...
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Lugu Lake, China
In 2012, I went to southern China to learn about the Musuo tribe - the world's last matriarch society. In this culture, women inherit all property and money, and make all family decisions. The Musuo do not marry, instead women take as many lovers...
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475 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
At the far northern end of the Bund, in Shanghai, stands an enormous monument and museum to the people of the city. Once a bustling industrial port, the Bund is now a major tourist attraction. If you arrive at sunrise, don't be surprised to find...
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Luohu, Shenzhen, China, 518000
Hubei Urban Village in Luohu is one of the few urban villages left in Shenzhen's city center. In the week following Chinese New Year, this small shrine in the village was still showing signs of the celebrations. You'll find this spot just outside...
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Dongbin Rd, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518054
Xibei is a clean, beautifully decorated restaurant in Shenzhen. They serve lots of lamb, noodles, and steamed breads and make their own tofu and yogurt in-house. This is definitely one of the best-run and tastiest local restaurants I've found in...
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Yangshuozhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China, 541900
While it was raining, a 20 minute hike up old stairs to Moon Hill offers a beautiful vantage point over the valley below. If you find yourself in Yangshuo rent a bike and make your way there.
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134 Jinxian Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
If I had to choose once place to eat in Shanghai aside from my Uncle's house, it would be Mao Long. Not only is this restaurant a authentic Shanghainese cuisine, but its local atmosphere also gives the restaurant a down-to-earth vibe. Be prepared...
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Yulong, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Many believe this canyon is the world's deepest. It makes the Grand Canyon pale in comparison. It is located near Lijiang...see my previous picture.
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Si Fang Lu, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Shinan Qu, Qingdao Shi, Shandong Sheng, China
A restauranteur on the market street went with us to buy the ingredients and then prepared them for a small additional fee. Tsingtao beer is available for cheap (you can drink it out of a plastic bag for takeaway). The food is filling and...
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Jingsi Road Shangquan, Shizhong, Jinan, Shandong, China, 250000
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Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Just a mile or so outside of touristy Yangshuo, we rode bikes along this country road and experienced rural life, as symbolized by this man and his animals.
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The Longji ("Dragon's Backbone") Rice Terraces in Longsheng, Guangxi province, China are spectacular throughout all four seasons (pictured here in early October). While most tourists go for the sites at Ping'An, a better option would be to ride...
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Xihu, Hangzhou, China
This is one post of many for Hangzhou, China Chinas Lingyin Temple located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province is absolutely beautiful and a do not miss if your in Hangzhou or passing by. As much as i hate to say this but if you only going to do one...
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Fengxin Rd, Baoan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 511700
After lychee picking nearby, we stopped at this small Guangming farm and bought a big bundle of Chinese long beans and some other greens.
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Yucun S Rd, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518067
Not having ever been to an open-air food market before, the first time I went to the Shekou "Wet" Market, the place disgusted and amazed me. They sell fresh seafood and meat, live poultry, fresh vegetables and herbs, and dried spices and nuts....
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E Ring Rd, Xianggelila Shi, Diqing Zangzuzizhizhou, Yunnan Sheng, China
Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡 – Hŭtiàoxiá) is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Its winding trails and vast cliffs lie only 60 kilometers outside of Lijiang. Apparently foreigners started hiking the gorge in the 1980s. Since then a well...
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E Ring Rd, Xianggelila Shi, Diqing Zangzuzizhizhou, Yunnan Sheng, China
The Tea Horse Guesthouse (phone: 13988717292, 13988707922) is located on the Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking trail, about a five to six hour hike from the entrance. We arrived after a leisurely six-hour hike, while taking photos and chatting with...
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333 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
One of the best ways to get to know a city is by bicycle. China Cycle Tours take you off-the-path, literally and figuratively. A half-day or full-day guided trip will take you down less-traveled streets (safely away from motorists on bike-paths)...
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Erhai Lake, Dali, China
Local transport by fishing boat took us across China's Lake Erhai and provided this etherial scene. Starting in old town Dali, a resident guide took us to a Yi village where the people and places we encountered were surprising and wonderful. From...
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My friend and I had spent the better part of a day climbing Qingcheng Shan, a UNESCO World Heritage mountain that was a cradle for Taoism. The mountain is host to dozens of temples and monasteries, and we started our trek in drizzly weather only...
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1 Tiandu Ave, Tunxi Qu, Huangshan Shi, Anhui Sheng, China, 245000
The "sea of clouds" is best observed just before and just after sunrise at the summit of Huangshan (especially in the area of "Refreshing Terrace" and "Lion Peak"). One needs to spend the night at the summit—or preferably several nights, as the...
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China, Hangzhou Shi, Xihu Qu, 梅家坞396
Behind the West lake, South west of all the tourist main spots, on River Melling South Rd you will find the beautiful fields of tea. Although you can take a bus to cover this area, the best way although a bit more work would be to bike through....
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Chengguan, Lhasa, Tibet, China, 850000
The heart of the city of Lhasa, Tibet is Barkhor Square. The place thrives with all sorts of commercial and religious activities that are uniquely Tibetan and it’s a great place to just watch a very fascinating world go by. While there are a few...
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Beiyuanmen Snacks Street, Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710001
The Great Mosque in Xi'an is unlike any other I've visited. We couldn't find the minaret and it turns out that's because there isn't one! There is a multi-story Chinese pavilion in its place which makes sense since the architecture and...
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Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Yangshuo's countryside is unreal. Just an hour and a half down the Li River from Guilin, Yangshuo is much more scenic and laid back. We actually stayed outside of Yangshuo in a farmhouse, and biked a beautiful 20 minute ride into town. The scenery...
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Shuguang Rd, Taijiang Qu, Fuzhou Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 350009
Not only is this savory treat delicious, the Fuzhou spinach dumpling is central to many regional customs and uses locally produced ingredients. These dumplings are sure to be present during ancestor worship festivals and celebrations, and on...
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Changle N Rd, DongQu ShangQuan, Jinan Qu, Fuzhou Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 350011
Outside Fuzhou on the White Cloud Peak of Gushan Mountain sits the Buddhist Yongquan Temple. While it is famed for its pottery pagodas, intricate architecture, and ancient Buddhist scriptures, it's a great place to eat as well. After the...
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Wuhua, Kunming, Yunnan, China
This market is listed in pretty much all travel guides for Kunming and does sell a lot of touristy-tat! However, if you are looking for somewhere to stroll around on a Sunday morning, to get lost in the noise and colour of Kunming's streets, among...
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Zhuo Zheng Yuan ( Nan Men ), Gusu Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 215121
Just over an hour outside of Shanghai is the beautiful city of Suzhou. Within its oldest part is the Humble Administrator's Garden. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, it is one of the more beautiful sites to visit in all of China. It has...
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Nanjiao, Datong, Shanxi, China, 37007
The city of Datong may not be the most exciting, but it is filled with amazing UNESCO-worthy sites like this: the Yungang grottoes, one of the Top 3 religious sculpture sites in China. Definitely worth a weekend trip if you're in the northern part...
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Gongshu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Snapshot from speed train leg of our trip from Shanghai to YongKang. The scenes of rigid city fade to a collection of farmland and winding rivers in the lowlands in this area.
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Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
My ideal habitat is a warm day on a tropical beach. I'm also a sucker for beauty in all its most unusual forms (part of the reason I'm on the Board of Burning Man). So, when I heard about the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival in northeast...
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5 Yiheyuan Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100080
After a meeting at Peking University, I had a few minutes to explore the campus. It felt much more like a park than a university, with expansive, open spaces, and was full of the beauty of its distinguished history.
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Dali, Yunnan, China
We discovered this place about 3 years ago and have returned many times since with family and friends. Nestled on the north east shore of Erhai Lake, Sky Sea Lodge has lovely airy rooms made with wood and fresh white washed walls. The shower and...
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No. 48 Shi Ban Qiao Village, Yangshuo, 阳朔县桂林市广西壮族自治区 China, 541900
This was a spectacular place to spend a few days away from Shanghai exploring the Yangshuo mountains and river valley. The burgers and veggie fried rice were tasty. They rent bikes and scooters which are the best way to get around the area. It can...
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Huanghelou E Rd, Wuchang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430061
I had no expectations when visiting this tower. All I knew was that it was old and that it was the symbol of the city of Wuhan. It turned out only one of those facts were true. The tower itself is only about 30 years old and is a recreation of the...
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China, Hunan, Xiangxi Tujiazumiaozuzizhizhou, Fenghuang Xian, 凤凰路凤凰路地税局大院 邮政编码: 416200
Fenghuang is a beautiful old city with preserved ancient architecture. Unfortunately, it's crowded with Chinese tourists, who, as seen in this photo, are not shy about taking endless photos in the many scenic spots. Try to go in the off season, or...
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Hong Kong
This is one of many seafood stalls along the causeway to the restaurants. Every imaginable edible sea creature is here, local as well as those shipped from faraway places like Alaska and Canada.
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Hong Kong
Look at the water in the tanks. It is micro-clear, unlike some of the live tanks in the U.S. I believe this allows the animals to de-toxify. I have never tasted a gritty clam here. They take great efforts to give you a quality product. It may cost...
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Hong Kong
No, this is not a plastic replica! No, this is not the most expensive item on the menu but it is awesome!!!
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Hong Kong
This was a 3.5 lb mirugai (geoduck) sashimi-style on a plastic bag of ice, at the perfect serving temperature. It was shipped all the way from Canada. It's briny, sweet and definitely mouth-watering, the best I've ever tasted. The chef took the...