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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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, 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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China amusement park gets full-size Titanic

PHeymont ·
You've read about European and American neighborhoods and villages recreated in China, but this one takes the cake: a full-size replica of the Titanic, berthed in an amusement park in Sichuan.     And it's no cheap mock-up—it's...
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Boeing Looks to China for its Future Success

Travel Rob ·
Photo of Boeing's Dreamliner by GarryRF Boeing's counting on China's fast-growing airplane market and will host the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, next week at their main production facility in Washington State. Boeing's CEO, Jim McNerney. said,...
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Boeing Announces the Biggest Aircraft Order Ever by China

Travel Rob ·
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg  announced China's commitment to buy 300 aircraft before he introduced the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Everett on Wednesday. That's the largest jet order in history.   What was not...
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China Opens Glass Bottom Bridge at the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Travel Rob ·
            Dr Y's Photo of Zhangjiajie National Park   China has opened up a 600-feet-high, 1000 foot long glass bottomed suspension bridge at the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Shiniuzhai National...
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China's 'wealthy' tourists love road trips

PHeymont ·
Retired couple from Shandong Province on roof of their RV on tour.   Photo: China Daily   China's growing numbers of people with money to spend on travel aren't all headed for Europe and the Americas—growing numbers are taking to...
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China's big balloon competition

PHeymont ·
Hot air balloons are always an attraction, especially when they're made up in bright colors. And when you get a large fleet of them together in one place...even more exciting.    That's the story from Xingyi, in China's Guizhou Province,...
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Carnival takes BIG plunge into China cruise market

PHeymont ·
Carnival Cruises is taking a giant step into the Chinese cruise market, creating a new (as yet unnamed) brand and signing contracts to build a number of new ships for it at Chinese shipyards. To get the line started while ships are built, Carnival...
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Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

PHeymont ·
Glass-bottomed bridges with spectacular views seem to be a real trend these days. Germany has just opened a new one across the Geierlay canyon, and the Chinese bridge Gumbo reported on last week is so busy officials have had to cap access to it....
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China Beats Out Japan for Indonesian Rail Project

Travel Rob ·
A joint venture between China Railway International and a consortium of Indonesian state companies won the $5.5 billion contract to build Southeast Asia's first high speed railway. It will go from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta...
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China's ivory ban: hope for African elephants

PHeymont ·
Elephants in Tanzania's Ruaha national wildlife park.      Photo: Anna Rydin / Wikimedia   China has pledged to phase out manufacture and sale of products made of ivory, which is good news for the endangered African elephants,...
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China, Russia team up for 'red tourism'

PHeymont ·
Visitors at Mao Zedong's birthplace                        Photo: Brucke-Osteuropa / Wikimedia Chinese and Russian tourism authorities have agreed to work together on activities that center...
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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

Dr.Y ·
    During my recent trip to China, a friend took me to a scenic little town called YanGuan.  The town owes its fame to being the best spot to watch Qiantang’s Tidal Bore (钱塘江潮)  .  The cause of the tidal bore is water...
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Most of China's Wall in danger: Can it be saved?

PHeymont ·
The Great Wall, built in the Ming Dynasty and one of China's greatest tourist attractions, is a mere remnant of itself, according to a Beijing Times report.   The newspaper says that nearly a third of the wall has completely disappeared, through...
 
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