Lanlan Kuang’s research this summer is mixing the old with the new. And by “old,” we mean ancient.
Kuang is a UCF assistant professor of philosophy and one of a select group of international scholars with access to the Dunhuang Mogao Caves along the Silk Road in China. The nearly 500 caves are the largest and most complete treasure repository of Buddhist art, murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures.
The researcher is fascinated by the dance, music, poetry, painting and ideas exchanged all along the Silk Road, the more than 2,000-year-old network of trade routes that stretched from eastern China to the Mediterranean Sea. So this summer, Kuang – who was acknowledged earlier this year as an expert on Silk Road arts by China’s Xinhua News Agency – is researching and digitally preserving the expressive arts along the route in northwest China.
It is practically a world surrounded by green. And it is cool during our visit in early June, with its green mountains and gurgling rivers covered by a mist.
Shennongjia, in the western part of Hubei province, in central China, has long been known for its pristine environment, diverse landscapes and wildlife. It not only has magnificent peaks that stand more than 3,000 meters above sea level, but also grand and quiet valleys.
Here, geologists have found strata from the past one billion years and call the region a museum, says Li Faping, a senior official in Shennongjia.
At the same time, waterfalls, rivers and lakes have given rise to an impressive cave system underground.
Its well-preserved natural beauty recently earned Shennongjia the privilege of hosting the first China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day and a world natural heritage conference on June 10.
Lhasa, in Tibet, is a place of utmost tourist interest. Tibet itself ranks high among the favorite tourist destination and Lhasa remains in their list of ‘must-visit’ places for Tibet travel. Lhasa is the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Lying on the north bank of Lhasa River, in a valley of Himalaya, it stands at an elevation of 3,656m with an area of 30,000 square kilometers.
On account of its high elevation, accessibility too many of its places is still limited. But Lhasa remains the chief tourist attraction all over the world owing to the authentic Tibetan culture, the accurate Tibetan enigma and the spectacular scenic beauty. Moreover some of the Gelugpa monasteries like Sera monastery, Ganden monastery and Drepung monasteries are present in or around Lhasa, which holds immense importance within the Tibetans.
Xidi is a village in Yi County of the historical Huizhou region of Anhui province, China. It was declared a part of the “Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui” World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, along with Hongcun.
First built during the Huangyou era (1049–1053) of Song Dynasty Emperor Renzong, the village was formerly called Xichuan (West River), owing to the various water courses flowing through it.
The rise of the village was closely tied to the fortunes of the Hu family. By 1465 CE, during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), family members had started in business as merchants, leading to the construction of the large private buildings and a public infrastructure. By the middle of the 17th century, the influence wielded by members of the Hu family expanded from commerce into politics.
Mount Everest? Surely, you’ve heard of it. The Grand Canyon? Obviously. Uluru? Probably. These are all magnificent features, but they’re far too mainstream for us.
This list is an ode to the many landforms whose beauty, scale, and significance are often underappreciated at best and unknown at worst. The world is vast and full of natural wonders, and its jaw-dropping topographies go far beyond the Matterhorns and McKinleys that grab the limelight.
10 The Three Sisters
In the Blue Mountains of Australia near Katoomba, a tourist town filled with hostels and backpackers, The Three Sisters are a trio of tall sandstone outcroppings formed by land erosion. Given the monikers of Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo, they have earned a fascinating place in the ancient mythos of the aboriginal peoples of the area.
Search #travelgoals on Instagram and about half a million photos appear—proof that people live to explore, discover, and experience their dream destinations around the globe.
But before they get to realize their travel goals, travelers first plan everything from getting there, to choosing hotels and restaurants, and completing itineraries. Most importantly, they save up because they don’t want budget to be a major constraint.
Fortunately for Filipino travelers, budget becomes less of a worry at Traveloka where they can score affordable flights and accommodations.
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Chengdu is the 2,000-plus-year-old capital of Sichuan, the province’s second-largest city and China’s fourth-largest. With a population of 14 million, it is larger—and perhaps even glitzier—than NYC. So why haven’t you heard of it? Well, by Chinese standards, it’s only a second-tier city.
But now is a great time to get to know Chengdu. It’s clean and prosperous, with leafy wide boulevards and a Kempinski Hotel, a Ferrari dealership and plenty of upscale boutiques. Asia’s first UNESCO-designated City of Gastronomy, Chengdu serves up refined Sichuan cuisine—you know you’re getting real Sichuan peppercorns when your tongue feels a distinctive numbness. But this city is best known for being the home of the rare giant panda.
If we ever finally get around to launching a mission to another planet, it will take between three months and a year to get to Mars. Proxima Centauri, the closest star with exoplanets in the habitable zone, is over four light-years away.
Suffice to it say the chance of anyone reading this to actually set foot on an alien world is basically zero.
Fortunately for intrepid explorers, our own planet is full of odd corners with bizarre geological formations and unusual plant and animal life. Many of these exotic locales have inspired fantastic worlds in our favorite speculative fiction, while others seem like they sprang out of our wildest imaginations.
If you’d like to experience a far-off planet orbiting a distant star, you might start with one of these fascinating — and sometimes dangerous — spots here on Earth.
Ask a Singaporean what his or her favourite past-time is, and there’s a good chance “travel” will pop up near the top of that list.
In fact, a recent survey found that Singaporeans took an average of 5.2 overseas trips in the last 12 months. Now you know why your friends are never around when you try to ask them out on weekends.
But when the average person goes on holiday once every two months, it’s easy to run out of destinations. You already know Bangkok well enough to give tuk tuk drivers directions, and the shopping malls in Hong Kong are starting to bore you just as much as Orchard Road. Now what?
Fear not. Here are five affordable destinations to head to in 2017.
India is a challenging destination for those who’ve never been or are travelling solo.