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Photoblog: Floating Above the Clouds on Mount Emei

Peak of Mount Emei

Thick, white clouds surround us almost as if we are floating above them. All the concrete of the city have disappeared beneath us, under that layer of marshmallow white clouds. There are only the soothing sounds of chanting prayers echoing in the distance. At 3,099 meters above sea level, all we see in the horizon […]

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Highlights of Our 6-Month Trip in Asia

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We’ve been back in Spain for over a month now, taking time off to concentrate on marketing our magazine as well as working on our new app and other projects. The last six months in Asia have been quite the journey as we trotted from one country to the next, with our laptop and camera in tow. From […]

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Photoblog: The Ancient Town of Huang Yao in Guilin, China

Ancient town of Huangyao

While in Guilin, China, we had the chance to visit Huang Yao, a 1,042-year-old town with beautifully-preserved remnants of the past. The time-warped, ancient city is a labyrinth of narrow streets and brick-laid houses, with giant marble paving the walkways and red lanterns hanging from the ceilings. Chinese inscriptions that had been carved into the […]

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A Story On Rice Planting and Learning About Life in Yangshuo, China

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“Is this your first time planting rice?” said our host Mr Pan, a farmer from the rural outskirts of Yangshuo, Guilin. The grey-haired farmer, in his sixties, found it hard to comprehend how anyone could not have planted rice before. We giggled amusingly, slipped off our sandals and dug our feet into the wet, soggy […]

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World’s Tallest Buddha Statue: Leshan, China

Buddha and pilgrims

On our recent tour of China, we had really wanted to explore more of Sichuan not just for the spicy foods the province is famous for and the pandas in Chengdu, but also for the Leshan Giant Buddha – which at 71 meters (233 feet) tall, is the tallest Buddha statue in the world. Helmed by imposing peaks and gushing water, the […]

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Cruising the Li River through Guilin’s Karst Hills

Karst mountains of Li River

Before us the jade river winds like a blue silk ribbon and in the far distance, greenish grey karst mountains loom high and mighty, like green jade hairpins. As we sail along the river, we see herons fly overhead, while lonesome fishermen float past us on bamboo rafts, the air thick with the fragrant smell […]

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Scenes from Guilin, China: Rivers, Karst Hills and Rice Fields

Growing rice in the outskirts of Yangshuo

Having left Southeast Asia behind us, we’ve just arrived in Guilin, China – a laidback, tree-lined city hemmed by karst mountains, rice fields and winding rivers. Coming from the chaotic traffic-congested metropolis of Bangkok, we’ve warmly welcomed the transition and eased into the peaceful setting. We are excited to be traveling with China Odyssey Tours, crossing […]

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Beijing, China

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A hutong, or traditional neighborhood, in Beijing, China.

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A Pictorial Tour of China’s Hidden Gems

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// While contemplating a trip to China this November, I’m browsing through websites to seek out rural, secret parts of China that are largely unexplored. Although it’s almost impossible to find such places these days – considering how tourism has taken over our world – there are definitely still some stunning, isolated spots to be discovered. Here’s […]

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Top 6 Scenic River Rides

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// Gliding through calm waters, past dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery, river rides can sometimes be the highlight of a journey. Like they say, the voyage is often more important than the destination. Millions of travelers come from all over the world just to experience riding along its waters and capturing the moments on the […]

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10 Unique Transport Modes Around the World

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Sailing on an ancient junk boat in Vietnam, riding a rickshaw in Japan or seeing the pyramids on camels – there are thousands of strange and oddly intriguing forms of transportation around the world. Inspired by my hero Charley Boorman who travelled from Ireland to Sydney using 112 modes of transport on TV series ‘By Any […]

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Top 6 Destinations for Cultural Immersion

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// There are so many ways to travel. Whether you’re on a culinary tour around Italy, or ice-climbing in Patagonia, different travelers have their own style of travelling.  A cultural immersion often allows you to delve deeper into the soul of a country than a weekend holidaymaker usually would. Instead of standard sight-seeing, visitors would […]

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7 of the most Bizarre Asian cultural habits

Japanese slurping noodles

// < ![CDATA[ google_ad_client = "pub-9898648874665533"; /* in-post square */ google_ad_slot = "5737140338"; google_ad_width = 200; google_ad_height = 175; // ]]> It all started when Alberto began asking me questions, on why Asians always eat with our mouths full, or why we never bother asking ‘how are you?’. I was always intrigued by how he […]

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Reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve

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// < ![CDATA[ google_ad_client = "pub-9898648874665533"; /* in-post square */ google_ad_slot = "5737140338"; google_ad_width = 200; google_ad_height = 175; // ]]> As the Chinese New Year is approaching on the 26th January, preparations for the big celebration is on the way. I’ll be heading to Australia then, but some prior celebrations are definitely rolling in. […]

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Dog Meat and Rooster balls: The 10 Most Exotic Asian foods

Chicken feet- a Chinese delicacy

  Picture deep-fried grasshoppers and stewed chicken feet — the world of Asian culinary is wild beyond your imagination. Perfect for the brave new traveler, eating in Asia requires a certain degree of guts and a wild sense of adventure. As an Asian saying goes, ‘The key to one’s heart is through his stomach.’ As […]

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