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“There’s been fields and rivers
and mountaintops;
and I’ve kept on running
and I have never stopped.”
– Drew Nelson

3 Lost Cities You’ve (probably) Never Heard Of

  These sentiments from Swedish explorer, and undoubtedly controversial figure, Sven Hedin encapsulate the air of mystery that still enshrouds our image of lost cities to this day. And while so many of these have since been found, studied, and… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

I Should Have Stayed Home

Chinese public holidays are the worst time to travel in China. Why? Because it’s when everyone travels in China. Bus stations pack, train tickets become unavailable and plane tickets skyrocket. And while this is worst and most prevalent during the… Continue Reading →

Elevator Etiquette in China

While there are certainly plenty of things I love about China, more and more, the elevator etiquette that I deal with daily in my office building gets to me. I work in a 46-storey building, and the 2 sets of… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing Photo Walk

Muang Sing still holds a unique place in my memory. This is not only for the news I received just prior to arriving, nor the stray people I met in the town.  There was something about the locale itself.  At… Continue Reading →

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