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By:Kane on 6/8/2011 12:23:51 AM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,exploration, cave, subterranean river, limestone,

For a growing band of intrepid young explores, caves represent the ultimate adventure. Exploring a cave is like taking the journey through time. A journey, which endless raindrops, would have followed over countless centuries.   Fed by countless drips and trickles, the subterranean river ca

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By:Kane on 6/3/2011 7:22:20 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,Stone Forest, Karst, limestone rock,

This vast area of southwest china, the size of France and Spain combined, is famous for its clusters of conical hills like giant upturned egg carton separated by dry empty valleys. This is the Karst—a limestone terrain, which has become the defining image of southern china. Karst landscapes a

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By:Susan on 6/3/2011 12:56:10 AM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,Jinkeng Terraces, Longji Terraces, Guilin,

Jinkeng Terraces, getting its name for producing gold here before, is located in the Dazhai Village. It 25 miles away from Longsheng and is home to Yao ethnic minority. There are five amazing attractions here—"Two Dragons Fighting for Treasures",  "Two Lions Jumping on the

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By:Kane on 6/2/2011 11:46:15 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,rice growing,

Sequel of the last blog I wrote:   Finally, after weeks of preparations, the ordained time for planting has arrived, but first the seeding must be uproot from the nursery beds and bundled up ready to be transported to their new paddy higher up the hillside. While the farmers are busy on the

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By:Alexander on 6/1/2011 6:22:25 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,Talk Loudly, No Applause, Leave Early, in Public,

I enjoyed the show Impression--Liu Sanjie very much! It was a great show that I've never seen before. But I couldn't understand why people around us did not applaud, why they talk quite loudly and why they leave before the actors and actresses acknowledge the audience...It's considered very rude an

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By:Kane on 5/31/2011 5:36:37 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,terraces, amazing feat, early spring,

Early spring in Yunnan is a busy time for local farmers. As they prepare the age-old paddy field ready for the coming season of sowing. The hill slopes here plunge nearly 2000 m to the floor of the Red River Valley. Each contains literally thousands of stack terraces carved out by ha

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By:Kane on 5/29/2011 5:53:21 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,exploration, Li river, yangtze River, wildlife,

Our exploration of China begins in the warm subtropical south area. On the Li river fishermen and birds perch on bamboo rafts, a partnership that goes back more than a thousand years. The scenery here is know through out the world—a recurring motif in Chinese paintings and major tourists attr

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By:peterwang on 5/28/2011 7:47:16 PM Category: Travel Notes
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Chinese have a regular compendium of questions for their foreign guests, and you may hear them from friends over dinner, or even from strangers who approach you on the street. Part conversation starters, and part pure entertainment, here is the short list of inquiries to be prepared for. 1. Do you

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By:Kane on 5/26/2011 11:36:56 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,China, explore, surprising, exotic, magical landscapes,

For centuries, travelers to China have told tales of magical landscapes and surprising creatures. Chinese civilization is the world’s oldest, and today, it’s the largest with well over a billion people. It is home to more than 50 distinct ethnic groups and a wide range of traditional

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By:Kane on 5/25/2011 1:21:54 AM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,Tibet,desert, camel, vehicle, travel light, gorge, yarlung Gorge,

As we said that any trip in Tibet is not to be taken lightly.   When normal vehicles won’t do in the desert, we have to resort to specialist vehicles. At times, we were using quad bikes to get up sand dunes, to get to the most challenging places. Even then, sometimes quad-bikes would

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