Travel Shot: Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang, China

Classic China! Black Dragon Pool is one of Lijiang’s (and Yunnan's) most dramatic sites but it does get very busy with other tourists. To avoid the crowds as much as possible, late afternoon is the best time to visit, plus you have the added bonus of having the sun...

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Travel Shot | The Ancient Walled Town of Pingyao | China

For a slice of classic China look no further than the ancient walled town of Pingyao, possibly the best-preserved in the country. We know the secret is out but with its multitude of alleyways, impressive watchtowers, and imposing city walls, the UNESCO World Heritage...

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Twelve Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels There are forts and castles of some description in many countries the world over. We are never going to see them all but when we know there is either a castle or fort nearby...

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Travel Shot | Luoyang Old Town in China

Today’s Photo of the Day is from Luoyang Old Town in China. Most visitors to Luoyang are initially attracted to the city because of a couple of nearby sights: Baima Si (White Horse Temple; one of the country’s oldest) and Longmen Grottoes which contain Buddhist rock...

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Travel Shot | Friday Call to Prayer in Kashgar, China

Uyghurs (the indigenous population from China’s Xinjiang province), particularly the men, are very photogenic. Every one of them looks like he has a lifetime of stories to tell and a great place to see Uyghur men en masse is at the Id Kah Mosque in Old Kashgar just...

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Cycle Rickshaws: An Asian Icon

Cycle rickshaws: An Asian institution Historically not as old as I was expecting, the cycle rickshaw was first developed in Asia in the 1880s but was not used with any regularity until the late 1920s starting in Singapore. Coming in all shapes and sizes, cycle...

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Twelve Doors and Doorways Around the World

A Photo Essay featuring Doors and Doorways from Around the World We like doors and doorways, they are easy to photograph, they don’t move out of your shot unexpectedly, they are happy to pose for as long as it takes and they don't ask for any money after you have...

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Friday Flashback | The Old Town of Kashgar | China

Kashgar is an oasis town in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang. The city is home to photogenic Uyghurs (the indigenous population of the region), fat-tailed sheep, one of the best markets in Asia (the Sunday livestock market) and decent kebabs. Kashgar’s strategic...

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Backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid ’90s

Travelling independently in China and Tibet twenty years ago Travelling independently in Tibet these days is (depending on your nationality) currently either illegal or very difficult but what was it like backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid '90s? I am sure...

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