Tagged With "China"

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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 8, 2014: Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: Xi'an, China

Travel Rob ·
Your photos really capture the magnitude of the display! It's just incredible that that it's just a small part of the army.
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Re: Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PortMoresby ·
I have, indeed, noticed that Chinese airlines (China Eastern, China Southern) that I've used domestically or from other Asian countries to China, appearing on fare searches lately, usually with very competitive fares. I intend to pay closer attention. Thanks P.
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Re: Aviation Museums: Another good reason to fly

arion ·
The Aviation Museum in Bourget, outside of Paris, can be very easily reached, by the way, on Bus No. 350 from Gare de l'Est. This same bus also goes to CDG at a cost of 3 metro/bus tickets. Norma
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

PHeymont ·
The intensity of those colors is astonishing...even in pictures! Thank you!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Former Member ·
Oh my, I had no idea that this existed. Makes me happy to have eyes. Thank you.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Thanks Paul and Louie for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Yes, my family did have jaw cramping for a while after visiting that place
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Theodore Behr ·
That place reminds me of Carlsbad caves in New Mexico. It's beautiful! I like how the guy in the bottom right (white shirt) gives you an idea of how big it is. Wonder which one is bigger? Carlsbad or this one?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Thanks Theo for your comment. That was exactly the intention to include a person in the picture Have not been in Carlsbad caves yet, perhaps should be added to the next destination list. The mountain pinnacles in Zhangjiajie stretch mils and mils, kind like Yellowstone. I was told the underneath cave system is the same. However, only a small fraction is explored and even smaller ones are currently open for visitors.
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Re: Boeing Announces the Biggest Aircraft Order Ever by China

DrFumblefinger ·
The deal is worth a $38 billion to Boeing in the short term. What the long term costs will be to the company are impossible to know. There's also details on this story at this link .
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Re: China Adds 5 more people to their "Uncivilized Behavior" Tourist List

Travel Rob ·
I don't like the idea of this list While there are a few Chinese bad behaving tourists, like you'd find from any country, the vast majority are well behaved and friendly. Maybe they get more noticed now because there are a lot more Chinese people traveling. I think it goes to further negative untrue stereotypes. I happened to take 4 Air China flights in June after this list was implemented, and on one of flights, a seatmate told me that their was an announcement about not to embarrass China...
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Re: China Adds 5 more people to their "Uncivilized Behavior" Tourist List

DrFumblefinger ·
Conformity is expected of everyone, including visitors. I agree -- it's a creepy list. Tell people not to come, but "listing" them sounds....well, very creepy.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 14, 2015: YanGuan -- a scenic little town to watch Qiantang’s Tidal Bore (钱塘江潮)in China

Roderick Simpson ·
I have heard of the Qiantang Tidal Bore, which is the biggest in the World. The largest in Europe is that on the River Severn in South West England, which is highest near the equinoxes - a website details times and height predictions. I attach some pictures from a few years ago taken near a pub, conveniently located near a good viewing site. The bore is particularly popular with surfers, and I believe the world record for longest wave ride was recorded there.
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Re: Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure it's even a good idea to rebuild the entire thing, but certainly significant sections should be restored and preserved. I think most of us agree this great human site should survive.
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Re: Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

PortMoresby ·
This is old news. Very old. Villages in proximity to the wall have been built from it's bricks for eons and the parts that people love to visit and pretend are historical are nothing of the kind, but completely newly built and Disney-fied versions for the tourists, foreign & domestic. The Chinese government, in its (lack of) wisdom has no more interest in cultural preservation than it does in playing fair in any area of endeavor. History and its artifacts are tools having no value beyond...
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Re: Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, but no thanks!
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Re: Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

PHeymont ·
I'm with you there...I love spectacular views as much as the next guy, but when I'm looking down a long way I feel nervous chills...add that to a swaying bridge, and I'm, well, not there!
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Re: Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy traveling to UNESCO sites because most of them are very interesting destinations. I even know of some travelers whose goal it is to see "every" UNESCO listing. Good luck to them! I really think UNESCO is doing it's job by identifying important places and encouraging their conservation. I shudder at the thought of a global UNESCO police swooping in to "defend" these sites. It's up to the countries that govern them to do so. Some do a great job; others don't. Some citizens care, others...
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Re: Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PortMoresby ·
As a huge fan of all sorts of surface travel, you had me going there for a moment. Until I realized I'd have to wear my chorizo disguise to get a ride on this train.
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Re: Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PHeymont ·
I’d have to agree there…visions in my head of having to stand out in the cold while the engines were changed (and sinister figures on the platform, with their collars turned up…thanks, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, etc.). The author of the article may, at the end, have crossed a line, though with the words: “It is certainly an epic monument to the lengths we will go to meet our unfulfillable desire for things we don’t need.” I can’t see how those words apply to olive oil and chorizo…
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Re: Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: As a huge fan of all sorts of surface travel, you had me going there for a moment. Until I realized I'd have to wear my chorizo disguise to get a ride on this train. You could always disguise yourself as a ham or a can of olive oil. As I recall, there was a famous character on the Popeye cartoon who liked to disguise herself as Olive Oyle.
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Re: Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: You could always disguise yourself as a ham... That would definitely make the most sense, actually requiring no disguise.
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Re: The Forbidden City - Beijing China

PHeymont ·
Interesting your comparison to Versailles, on size (which omits the gardens, of course). The comparison that came to my mind was Topkapi, in Istanbul, where a series of courtyards encloses a huge space, with increasingly restricted access to each. In the first courtyard there were troops, palace services and more; the second was restricted to government officials and prominent visitors, in the third only the highest officials of the Sultan and in the last, only the family and its servants.
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Re: The Forbidden City - Beijing China

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a fascinating visit, Jonathan, thanks for sharing it. I can easily see where you'd have wanted a full day to explore the amazing architecture of the place -- and everything else!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 23, 2014: Xian's Dumpling House

DrFumblefinger ·
Those dumplings look amazing, Dr.Y. Almost too attractive to eat. "Food as art"! Do they taste as good as they look? And did you bring any samples back with you.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 23, 2014: Xian's Dumpling House

Dr.Y ·
Yes, DrFumblefinger, those dumplings are as tasty as they look. But I am also thinking they might have all looked the same in my stomach The trip was very enjoyable for us!
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
   I have discussed the towering mountain pinnacles of Zhangjiajie National Park previously, which you can see and read about here at this link.  The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular place to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 23, 2013: Lotus flowers and nursing birds, Xi Hu (West Lake), Hangzhou, China

Dr.Y ·
   West Lake is a 6.5 square kilometer freshwater lake situated in my hometown city of Hangzhou, in eastern China.  Unlike the towering high rises and skyscrapers of its neighbouring city, Shanghai, Hangzhou is famous for...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 18, 2014: A Guangxi Tea Garden

PortMoresby ·
   On a grouping of hilltops, in the countryside outside Yangshuo in Guangxi Province in the south of China, I spent a day wandering in a misty tea garden with no one in sight except the young woman who accompanied me and my companion. ...
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The Tulou of Fujian Province

PortMoresby ·
From time to time a single photograph of a striking place or building will be the irresistible impetus for a trip to see the thing in person.  In surrendering to these urges I've found I really cannot go wrong.  My instincts seem to know...
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Family Takes Year Off to Travel the World

Travel Rob ·
 The Luke family took their two boys and traveled the world for a year.Their travels included a safari,beaches ,and tea plantations and much more.. Read about their experiences below! http://www.smdailyjournal.com/...d/1776425114191.html
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787 Dreamliner Changing the China-US Market

PHeymont ·
Hainan Airlines has just begin Boston to Beijing non-stop service, a nearly 6500-mile route made possible by the extended range and fuel economy of the 787. As the Dreamliner comes into service on more airlines, more of these very-long-distance...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 8, 2014: Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: Xi'an, China

Dr.Y ·
    The famed Terra Cotta Warriors are  Xian's premier tourist attraction.  The life-size clay army was unearthed from the mausoleum of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.  They represent one...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug 5th 2014: Incense Coils, Hong Kong

IslandMan ·
  On a stopover for a couple of nights in Hong Kong , we wanted to explore a bit more of the local culture and took a walk around the back streets of Kowloon . We came across a tiny Buddhist temple in the midst of a sea of apartment...
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Gallery: Haystacks

PortMoresby ·
  In the course of my travels in Asia I’ve had 2 month-long stays in China.  I haven’t been to Beijing or Xian, never seen the Great Wall or Terra Cotta Warriors.  I would very much like to see the Forbidden City but likely...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 8, 2014: Rural Tomb, Guangxi, China

PortMoresby ·
                                                              On a walk along an isolated road...
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Aviation Museums: Another good reason to fly

PHeymont ·
CNN has compiled a list of 14 "best" aviation museums around the world, including in the U.S., China, Russia, France, Ukraine, Poland...You could almost build a round-the-world trip to explore them all. for the list and details, click  HERE
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Barcelona-Vienna-Beijing Route Coming Soon

PHeymont ·
Air China is launching a new long-distance route from Barcelona to Beijing, with one stop in Vienna, hoping to catch the two big waves of Chinese tourists heading for Europe and Europeans visiting China. Details  HERE
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More U.S.-China flights arriving (and leaving)

PHeymont ·
Air service between the East Coast and China continues to grow, along with Chinese overseas tourism and U.S. travel to China. Among the latest, Cathay Pacific just launched a daily round-trip between Newark Liberty and Hong Kong; it already has...
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Chinese police to join "flics" on patrol

PHeymont ·
Responding to reports of Chinese tourists being targeted by thieves in Paris, a group of Chinese police officers will patrol with their French counterparts this summer. Thieves apparently believe that Chinese tourists are more likely than most to be...
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World's scariest hiking trail?

DrFumblefinger ·
Take a look at some of the photos in the accompanying link.  There are number of trails in the world I'd not hike, and this one is probably at the top of the list.  And you'll never guess what's at the end of the trail.  More here.
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Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PHeymont ·
With nearly 100 million Chinese traveling abroad in the last year, China's airlines are looking to expand their share of the business with more planes, more destinations and more promotions. Up to now, most Chinese airlines have focused on the...
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Brooklyn Museum: Three shows to visit, one closing soon

PHeymont ·
Following the "more than Manhattan" theme of the piece below, here are three current exhibits worth visiting at The Brooklyn Museum (America's most over-shadowed major museum) this season—but for one, you'll have to hurry, because it ends July...
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The Forbidden City - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Here is the thing about The Forbidden City. It is unlike the European castles that I have visited, which can pack more opulence in a square foot than the eye can take in. What is truly overwhelming is the way that open space and size has been used...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 21, 2015: The Summer Palace, Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
The Summer Palace was the Emperor's retreat for over two hundred years. It also became the prison of one emperor. The Empress Dowager Cixi imprisoned her son here when he tried to institue reforms in 1898. Above is a detail from The Long Corridor. The...
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Tiananmen Square - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Those who know me know that I really don’t like being on a tour. Usually I would rather stay home than be rushed from place to place with no time to really explore a city. But traveling to Beijing with a group of 21 high school students, 3 other...
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Temple of Heaven - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
  One of the places that I felt most comfortable during my trip to Beijing was at the Temple Of Heaven and its surrounding park. The Park sits just north of the 2nd Ring Road and the city canal and is about 4.5 km south of Tiananmen Square....
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China ramps up anti-smoking fight with new bans

PHeymont ·
China is the world's largest tobacco consumer, and has sometimes seemed the country most resistant to curbing its use—but last week its capital city, Beijing, banned smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport, as well as near...
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United, Air China sign up new codeshares

PHeymont ·
Air China 747     Photo: Julian Herzog   United Airlines and Air China, both Star Alliance members, have expanded their codeshare agreement, opening up 22 new routes to codesharing.   Codesharing allows an airline to place its...
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Japan: Hi-tech toilets; China: playing catch-up

PHeymont ·
This is a tale of two "sitties." Japan is pushing to install thousands more of the high-tech toilets that have become the national standard in advance of the 2020 Olympics, while China is pledging to upgrade its public toilets, mostly squatters, to...
 
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