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Chongqing City Gates: Ancient Tongyuanmen and Dongshuimen

For hundreds of years, Chongqing stood as an important wharf and outpost in the west of Chinese territory. Straddling the intersection of the Jialing River into the important eastward Yangtze River, it was a valuable strategic location. Evidence of defensive… Continue Reading →

Dungeshwari Cave Temple: Where Buddha Starved Himself to Death

In the various sects of Buddhism found throughout the world, there exists the common agreement that there are four important pilgrimage sites that embody the most important stages in the life of Siddhartha Guatama. Those are: 1) Lumbini – Where… Continue Reading →

The Pagodas of Chongqing (VIDEO)

  An Intro to Pagodas A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it… Continue Reading →

Is Gunung Padang Evidence of the World’s Oldest Civilization?

World’s oldest civilization? No.   For years now, the mysterious mountaintop monument of Gunung Padang has been one of the most-cited evidences of a grand prehistoric civilization forgotten to time. The proponents of this range from well-known names like Graham… Continue Reading →

Prang Ku: Angkor’s Northern Frontier

A millennium ago, the Khmer Empire ruled over most of South East Asia. The grandeur of this civilization is well-known from the splendor of their capital at Angkor, at modern-day Siem Reap in Cambodia. There, massive monuments such as the… Continue Reading →

Podcast Interview with Bangkok Photographer Stev Bonhage

Last week when I returned to Bangkok, I met up with photographer and MMA fanatic Stev Bonhage. We met nearly four years ago at the Overstay Hostel and have crossed paths several times since then. A year ago, Stev began… Continue Reading →

Roi Et: A Town Travel Guide

  As far as Isan (Northeastern Thailand) towns go, Roi Et is an exceptionally attractive one. It’s name translates literally as One Hundred One, though this is a corruption of an antiquated way of writing 11, as the old city… Continue Reading →

The Pagodas of Chongqing

  A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it is actually an extension… Continue Reading →

Shizuishan: The Hill of Chinese Stones

One of the odder attractions advertised in Shizuishan was the “Hill of Chinese Stones”, and no, I did not make that name myself. It is a self-proclaimed popular tourist attraction boasting thousands of stone images, carvings, and even a mysterious… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Shibati and the 18 Stairs Gentrification

  In the old days of Chongqing, homes and businesses were built to adapt to the city’s steep and rocky geography. Built of wood and connected by an often intricate network of stairways, these closely-knit neighborhoods of stilt houses have… Continue Reading →

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