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Ten of the Best: Chiang Mai Temples (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this list, we met the usual big hitters of the Chiang Mai temple scene. Wat Phra Singh, Chedi Luang and Wat Doi Sutheps all made their predictable appearance, and no list of the best Chiang Mai temples would be complete without these icons of the city.

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Ten Chinese Characters That Look Like Their Meanings

The Chinese written language is a miracle of human achievement. Constituting the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world, its development stretches back at least three thousand years to the oracle bones of the Shang dynasty and probably more.

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Ten of the Best: Chiang Mai Temples (Part 1)

Chiang Mai is a city with no shortage of temples. Since its founding over 700 years ago, over 300 different wats have come to define the city's character and made it one of Thailand's go-to places for temple lovers everywhere.

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Hong Kong

Food

Ten of the Best

Hong Kong Outdoors

More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...

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Amah Rock, Lion Rock Country Park

Amah Rock (望夫石), located close to Tai Wai on the New Territories side of the Lion Rock Tunnel, is another of Hong Kong's geological curiosities with a story.

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Lion Rock, Hong Kong

Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, nothing beats Lion Rock. There are those that are taller. There are those that are closer to the "action". But for spectacular, 360° views, smack in the centre of everything, Lion Rock is the best of the lot.

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China

Thailand

Books

The Party by Richard McGregor

When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...

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Behind The Wall by Colin Thubron

1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...

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Tiananmen Moon by Philip J Cunningham

With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.

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