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China’s Yunnan Stone Forest

December 8th, 2009 by

Deep in the heart of the Yunnan Province of China you’ll find the capital city of Kunming. Covered year round with a colorful layer of trees and plant life, Kunming is an incredibly popular destination amongst tourist from around the world, not just because of its appealing climate and atmosphere but because it is home to some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the country, including the incredible Yunnan Stone Forest, also known to locals as Shilin.

The History of the Yunnan Stone Forest

Pinnacle Karst [Shi Lin (Stone Forest)]

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Re-visiting Extraordinary Weekends at Chatuchak

December 4th, 2009 by

I have very exciting memories of my first visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market.  I got to visit this weekend affair during one of my earlier trips to Thailand and I promised myself then that I will go back again one day to burn more money and for the chance of coming across numerous thrilling and unique finds.

Welcome to the Chatuchak Weekend Market

In this long leg of traveling in three countries in ten days, I made sure that I visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market once again together with my partner – who has never been to the bizarre bazaar of sorts.  I was looking forward to the shopping experience and also to seeing my partner go through the crowded aisles plus do the elbow battles with other shoppers who tend to crowd the alleys.

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10 Must-Try Sichuan Cuisine

December 4th, 2009 by

To understand how Sichuan cuisine developed, one must realize that 3/4ths of the Sichuan region of China is mountainous. This creates one of the richest temperate ecological habitats in the world, leading to a wide variety of ingredients which make up a typical Sichuan dish. Mix in lots of oil and chilies with more than 30 methods of cooking – from stir-fry to bake – and a whole lot of memorable (and spicy!) traditional meals can be prepared. Salted vegetables, pickled in brine, also finds its way into numerous dishes.

Here are 10 must-try Sichuan-style meals to try in China.


Hotpot - The usual hotpot broth is made from water, beef tallow, dried chili, Sichuan peppers, fennel seeds, lotus seeds, stare anise, and other herbs indigenous to the area. Meats and vegetables are then cooked in the boiling pot and dipped in a sauce of sesame oil mixed with chopped shallots and garlic. A perfect winter food, hotpot has other variations which include duck hotpot, black chicken and mushroom.

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Historic Attractions in the Thai City of Sukhothai

December 2nd, 2009 by

The city of Sukhothai holds a tremendous amount of historic significance in Thailand. Founded in 1238, the city once served as Thailand’s capital. Today the city is filled with a stunning collection of historic ruins, preserving what is left of this religious epicenter in an engaging and captivating atmosphere. So what should you focus on when you arrive?

7. Wat Sri Chum

Wat Sri Chum

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