Month: May 2015

Batik Made in Africa

The origin of Batik go back a little more than a thousand years. This printing technique is found in several communities in West Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In Africa, where batik was originally imported by Dutch merchants from Indonesia, which back then were called the Netherlands East Indies, they use a paste which is made from starch or […]

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the gateway to China for many travellers. Though rich in cultural heritage, the city’s prime calling card is its urban charm. The People’s Square and the banks of Huangpujiang River offer great sightseeing, business and shopping opportunities. You can shop in high-end venues for designer items or cruise through the backstreets to hunt […]

Fuji Mountain, Japan

Mt. Fuji is the most famous mountain in Japan. Formed approximately 100,000 years ago, Mt. Fuji is a composite volcano (volcanic cone). After repeating volcanic activities, it became the largest mountain in Japan. The eruption in 1707 continued for as long as 16 days, and there remain records that massive amounts of volcanic ash and […]

Alebrije

The “Alebrijes” animal carvings combine the centuries old tradition of wood carving with Mexican fanciful designs and surprising color schemes. They can be found in museums and galleries especially throughout the United States where these works are recognized as a supreme expression of the best of Mexican folk art. The quality and widespread popularity of […]

Getu River Valley, China

Location Anshun, located in the middle of Guizhou Province and the eastern part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, is one of nine top scenic destinations of China and the tourism center of west Guizhou province. Once an important centre for tea trading, Anshun remains the commercial hub of western Guizhou.   Attractions Anshun, the center of […]

Son Doong Cave, Viet Nam

From an early age, local man Ho Khanh used to spend weeks on end trekking and maneuvering his way through the jungles of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, searching for food and timber to earn a modest income. In 1990 while out on a hunting mission, Ho Khanh stumbled across an opening in a […]

Kyoto, Japan

Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion) The image of the temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond. It is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kyoto. Seen reflected in the adjoining “mirror pond” with its small islands of rock and pine, Kinkaku-ji Temple, “The Golden Pavilion,” is […]

Phuket, Thailand

Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea awaits you at Asia’s most popular beach destination. This fun island provides an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white palm-lined beaches, superb hospitality and great value accommodation. Whether it’s world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at international-standard championship courses or exciting eco-adventures in tropical […]

Hawaii

The diverse culture of Hawaii is expressed in (among other things) language, music, art, theater, dance, film, cuisine, and a multitude of festivals. At the core of each is the spirit of aloha, gracefully conveyed in a painter’s brush stroke, in the fluid arc of a hula dancer’s hands, or in the soft rhythm of […]