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Imin Minaret Turpan City Xinjiang Region

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 01:05:42 PDT

苏公塔 Front view of the Imin Minaret mosque, Turpan The Imin Minaret was the highlight of our recent trip to Turpan City in China's western Xinjiang Uyghur "Autonomous" Region. The beautiful geometric simplicity of this mosque's lines reminded us strongly of the ancient ruins we visited a few years ago in Egypt - helped no doubt by the same earthern coloring. Fortunately for us, we were the

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:09:13 PDT

哈尔滨国际冰雪节 The 2017 Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival began on Thursday and will last into March. Over 7,000 laborers worked around the clock helping the artists produce the hundreds of ice sculptures at Sun Island, Zhaolin Park and "Ice and Snow World". The huge ice sculptures in the "Ice City" were produced using 180,000 cubic meters of ice from the Songhua River and 150,000

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Gomar Monastery

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:28:50 PDT

Gomar Monastery (Gomar Gompa) is a 400-year-old Tibetan monastery in Qinghai in western China. The chörten (stupa), located outside the monastery walls is a modern affair, dating from the 1980's and can be climbed. Gomar Monastery is about 1km from Wutun Monastery in the monastic town of Tongren. The walled monastery has a number of different buildings and is home to over 100 monks.

Zhangjiajie Skywalk

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:06:20 PDT

China's skywalks have been in the news recently. These mega-expensive, architectural wonders are a symbol of the new, confident China. However, the skywalk at Yuntaishan in Hunan Province hit the headlines when the surface panels of glass cracked, leading to frightening scenes for the tourists walking along it at the time. China is home to the highest and longest glass skywalk in the world,

Atmosphere Bar Beijing

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:05:47 PDT

The highest bar in Beijing, this exclusive, 80th floor bar affords a view that extends all the way from Tiananmen Square to the nearby mountains. Sophisticated rather than super trendy, the bar is worthy of its elevated real estate. Revellers sip expertly mixed cocktails (over 300 concoctions available), single malts and fine wines and can puff fine cigars while relaxing to live jazz and gazing

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Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:06:27 PST

The Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk is world's longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk. it opened in 2015 and measures an impressive 26.64 meters (87.4 feet). Built at a staggering cost of over $5 million, the Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk sits at a height of 1,010 meters (3,314 feet). Designed to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and a level-14 typhoon, the


Sun, 05 Apr 2015 02:29:55 PDT

Xiaolongbao is the signature dish of Shanghai - a plump dumpling crammed with juicy pork mince and a shot of meaty broth. The name xiaolongbao comes from the bamboo steaming baskets, xiaolong, the buns (bao) are prepared in. Originally from the suburb of Nanxiang in Shanghai, xiaolongbao can be found all over the city. One recommended restaurant to try them is the Taiwanese restaurant

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:58:18 PDT

东方明珠塔 The Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong financial district of Shanghai is one of this port city's most famous architectural icons. Though now dwarfed by such monsters as the Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was the tallest building in China from 1994-2007. Located opposite the historic Bund, the 468m-tall Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Portovelo - Good in Every Purchase

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 07:24:51 PST

By Christopher KL Lau Many well-meaning social and business entrepreneurs are now finding ways in their business models to both run a sustainable business and to give back to society, in their own little way. This is a current trend which is sweeping the world of business; to not only make a profit but to help lift others out of poverty at the sametime. One of these successful social

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival 2014

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:09:00 PDT

哈尔滨国际冰雪节 To celebrate the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival the event is bigger than ever this year. Over 7,000 laborers worked around the clock helping the artists produce the hundreds of ice sculptures at Sun Island, Zhaolin Park and "Ice and Snow World". The huge ice sculptures in the "Ice City" were produced using 180,000 cubic meters of ice from the Songhua River

Mesh Beijing

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:18:07 PST

Mesh, one of Beijing's top night spots, is located inside Opposite House, a 99 room hotel which is part of a large high-end shopping development in Sanlitun called The Village. Mesh has a reputation as one of Beijing's most gay-friendly bars. The Opposite House is easy to locate right next to 3.3 shopping centre in Sanlitun. Mesh First Floor The Opposite House 11 Sanlitun Lu Building 1

Bomb Shelter Bar

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:06:38 PDT

The Bomb Shelter Bar in the basement of the Red Capital Residence is a bar with a difference. Waitresses in People's Liberation Army uniform serve up delicious cocktails and audio visuals consist of Mao era propagandist opera. This literally hole in the ground bar is a little hard to enter (see image below) but once down the steep stairs you have transcended into another, earlier world.

Dragon Boat Race Season 2013

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:09:31 PDT

端午节 It's Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié) season soon (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month). Dragon Boat races will be occurring all over China including a Dragon Boat festival in Shanghai and similar events in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Some of Hong Kong's popular Dragon boat races are held in Stanley, though the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival takes place off the East Tsim Sha Tsui

Centro in the Kerry Hotel Beijing

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:09:42 PDT

Located in the luxury Kerry Hotel in the foreign embassy area of the Chinese capital, Centro is right up there as one of Beijing's top night spots. Centro's motto is "Beautiful People Serving Beautiful People" and this stylish bar on Level 1 of the hotel draws the city's celebrities for its award-winning cocktails and live jazz acts. Happy hour is between 5 and 8pm though Centro is open 24


Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:10:11 PDT

Modernista Old Cafe and Tapas bar is quickly earning itself a reputation as on of Beijing's top night spots. Modernista is an art deco themed live house with DJs, live acts including blues, funk, Dixieland and jazz plus film screenings and open mic comedy events. There have also been photography exhibitions and a mahjong evening. Wash down your tapas with a fine selection of beer,

Haze Nightclub Beijing

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:09:57 PDT

The fairly recent Haze is one of Beijing's top nightclubs. Haze is a trendy duplex: two floors, bar and cafe on top and basement dance floor below. Haze specializes in techno, nu-disco and house with frequent visits by the world's top DJs plus its own in-house professionals. Haze is located in the Guomao district of the Chinese capital on Guanghua Lu.

St Joseph Seminary Church Macau

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:10:29 PDT

聖若瑟修院及聖堂 The baroque St Joseph Seminary Church in Macau was built by the Jesuits on Mato Mofino hill between 1746 and 1758. After the Jesuits were expelled from Macau in the 18th century by order of the Marquis of Pombal back in Portugal, the building was taken over by the Lazarists (Congregation of the Mission). The church is approached via a flight of granite steps leading to the central

Beijing Police

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:10:42 PDT

人民武装警察 The Beijing police force has a long history. The Beijing Police Academy was founded in 1901 on the Japanese police model and had Japanese trainers. Before then local, poorly trained police police were paid for out of the public coffers. Nowadays Beijing's police force is under the control of the Ministry of Public Security. The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is China's national

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2013

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:10:58 PDT

哈尔滨国际冰雪节 The 29th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival opens in Heilongjiang Province with a spectacular opening con Saturday January 5th, 2013 and lasts for around one month. The hundreds of ice sculptures at Sun Island, Zhaolin Park and "Ice and Snow World" are built from blocks of ice taken from the Songhua River by around 15,000 workers and designed by local engineering

Hong Kong Mass Transit Logo

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:11:08 PDT

香港 Hong Kong's Mass Transit has a distinctive logo. The white sign on a red circular background consists of 3 strokes: a vertical line and two semi-circles at the top and bottom. The MTR logo captures the inter-connectivity of Hong Kong's MTR with subway,  light rail and the Airport Express running out to Hong Kong International Airport. Hotels in Hong Kong

Long Life Garden Hong Kong

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:34:57 PST

Long Life Garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong is a shop specializing in traditional Chinese herbal medicines. Popular with tours of Japanese tourists, Long Life Garden offers demonstrations of its medicinal products often extracted from various creatures including sea horses (see above) and plants such as ginseng and garlic. Rows of jars line the wooden shelves of the store which is a delight

Hong Kong Estate Agents

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:59:06 PDT

香港 Hong Kong has some of the most expensive real estate in the world. A lack of space and a large population has meant Hong Kong has gone vertical and most places to rent in Hong Kong are in high rise blocks of flats. The Hong Kong property market is highly competitive and a large number of companies are involved in the sale and lease of property in Hong Kong. Prices of properties to rent

Qiongzhu Temple Kunming Yunnan Province China

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:34:43 PST

筇竹寺 Qiongzhu Temple or Bamboo Temple is located on Yu'an Mountain, 12km north west of the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province. The temple originally dates from the 13th century and is a Chinese Zen temple. The temple and statues you see today mostly date from the reconstruction work of the Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty after a devastating fire destroyed most of the original structures.

Hong Kong Public Light Buses

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:58:52 PDT

香港小型巴士 Hong Kong's Public Light Buses are a quick and easy way to get around Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. Hong Kong's Public Light Buses (PLBs) are also known as Maxicabs or Green Minibuses (GMB) to differentiate them from the red Private Light Buses, which are unregulated and can run on their own routes and charge their own fares. A total of 4350 Public Light Buses are

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