Wake the Dragon
Collected by Sherry Ott, AFAR Ambassador
Dragons may be in the fictional world of the Game of Thrones, but plenty of dragons exist around the globe today!
218 Anren St, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Yu Garden is a must-go place in Shanghai, especially you like architecture. It is such a peaceful place to go, even in the rain... This dragon rooftop is inside the Yu (Jade) Garden in Shanghai. The dragon looks toward to the sky, and about to fly...
Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
[Dragon's Teeth is near a sacred and ancient burial ground. If you go to this area, please respect the locals and the burial ground]. The geological sites in Maui are fascinating...so many different things to see on such a small island. We walked...
South East Asia
When you visit the 700-square-mile Komodo National Park, you feel like you’re sailing through the Grand Canyon—but one that’s been flooded with crystalline water and fringed with reef. Underwater, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has more than...
Dragon's Back, Shek O, Hong Kong
On this day, we discovered there's way more to Hong Kong than high-end shopping and dining. I'll never forget these views and the sense of tranquility we found up here. We also spent some time at the lovely little Shek O beach, which you'll find...
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...
Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam is the home of the Forbidden Purple City - the Citadel, bombed out in the Tet Offensive during the war, there has been much rebuilding. Take a ride up river to a peaceful monastery, some imperial tombs, and craft villages where...
235 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
One of my favorite cocktails: Enter The Dragon - a margarita with passion fruit juice, cava, muddled hot peppers ... Yum! You can find it at Barrio. And there are pretty good eats at this place, too. Find it in Saint Paul by the lovely Mears Park,...
Carrer de Muntadas, 37, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Adjacent to Barcelona's main train station, Sants, this park is a great place to kill some time while you're waiting for the next train to Costa Brava. With plenty of benches, a massive reflecting pool, fountains and a life-size metal dragon...
Kelly Dr, Philadelphia, PA, USA
One of the highlights of the fall season in Philly is the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival. Held in early October, the race is a unique event, fun and exciting to watch. The next one is scheduled for Saturday Oct 4, 2014. Dragon...
1137 Seoraksan-ro, Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Look up when passing through the gate at the entrance of Shin-heung-sa temple; you'll see a dragon in the rafters. Near the entrance of Seoraksan National Park, you'll find this Buddhist temple on the valley floor. (Dating to the 7th century, it's...
Xishan Hwy, Xishan Qu, Kunming Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 650000
We had three days in Kunming, so I decided to go to the Xishan National Forest. We were short on time so we made our way up to Dragon Gate in the cold rain, but it was a nice trip up, seeing the vast amount of land, tunnels, temples. The whole...
Lotus Pond, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Enter the dragon's mouth and exit the tiger for good luck and prosperity at Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung. These colorful Chinese temples were built in 1960 as an extension to Ciji Temple on the opposite side of the street. Lotus Lake is probably the...
Kearny St, San Francisco, CA, USA
The San Francisco Chinese New Year parade is a cultural experience and this year was my first time witnessing it. An aerial view of the parade proved the be the best location, since I could still here the drums and firecrackers clearly. When the...
Airport Road, Paro, 12001, Paro, Bhutan
The tail of one of the three Airbus 319 which make up the fleet of Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines stands ready. I am leaving, but not before capturing in this picture all that makes Bhutan great: the thunder dragon, mountains and a Dzongh.
Japan, 〒859-3273 Nagasaki-ken, Sasebo-shi, Huis Ten Bosch Machi, １−１ ハウステンボス内 ビネンスタッドエリア
At the end of July every year teams from around Nagasaki prefecture gather in Nagasaki City near Dejima wharf for the biggest dragon boat race in the prefecture. Several teams race a short loop and each race is over in a matter of minutes but the...
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Shopping in local farmers' markets and produce stands is one of the most fascinating aspects of travel. The fruit selection, most notably, is usually quite different than what you might find back home. I stumbled upon these shockingly pink Pitaya...
Galleta Meadows, California 92004, USA
Galleta Meadows is the name for about 129 metal sculptures that were created by Ricardo Breceda. Dennis Avery was a land owner in Borrego Springs who envisioned the project. Since he admired Breceda's work, he commissioned him to build the...
1672 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Orlando is the destination for theme park junkees of all ages. Disney has the biggest bundle, with the Magic Kingdom still being a big draw with children and adults alike. Universal Orlando Resort is ever expanding with attractions and rides. At...