Daily Travel Photo – Hong Kong, SAR

I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled World Heritage photos to bring you some photographic Christmas cheer. This is the Christmas display they had in 2007 at the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong.

Christmas in Asia

Growing up, you would always see articles/book/tv shows about how people celebrate Christmas around the world. The impression you get is that everyone, everywhere celebrates something this time of year, even if it isn’t Christmas. I can say categorically that Thailand, and SE Asia in general, really doesn’t celebrate anything around Christmas. Save for a […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #13: Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

From the World Heritage inscription: The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #12: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

From the World Heritage inscription: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the […]

Winter Solstice Housekeeping

With the end of the year upon us, I wanted take the time to take some time and remind people that there are ways you can follow what I’m doing and support the site that you might not have been aware of. The first thing is my map: View Larger Map If you have Goolge […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #11: Yakushima

From the World Heritage Inscription: Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #10: Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

From the World Heritage inscription: Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by this group of sites and monuments. The ruins of the castles, on imposing elevated sites, are evidence for the social structure over much of that period, while the sacred sites provide mute testimony to the rare survival of an […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #9: Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

From the World Heritage inscription: This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the river’s distinguishing features is that it emerges directly into the sea, and its lower portion is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full […]

Life in Chiang Mai

I’ve been in Chiang Mai for two days now. It reminds me a lot of Phuket without the beaches. It is very touristy, and I mean that in the worst sense. The night market area is just an endless row of vendors selling the same crap. Everyone I’ve been in SE Asia has some sort […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #8: Historic City of Vigan

From the World Heritage inscription: Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East […]

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