Theme Week Taiwan – Penghu

January 26th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0

Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Penghu or Pescadores Islands are an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait. The largest city is Magong, located on the largest island, which is also named Magong. Covering an area of 141 square kilometers (54 sq mi), the archipelago collectively forms Penghu County of the Taiwan, and is the second smallest county, after Lienchiang. The traditional English name of the islands, the Pescadores, comes from the Portuguese name Ilhas dos Pescadores (“Fishermen Islands”). The islands have also been called Pehoe from the Minnan name Phêⁿ-ô·. Pescadores was also the name given by the Spanish expedition of Hernando de Grijalva in 1537 to the Micronesian atoll Kapingamarangi.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Kaohsiung

January 25th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Liuhe Night Market © WikiLaurent/cc-by-sa-3.0

Liuhe Night Market © WikiLaurent/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kaohsiung is a special municipality located in southern-western Taiwan and facing the Taiwan Strait. Kaohsiung has a population of approximately 2.77 million people and has been officially ranked as Taiwan’s third most populous city since July 2017. It is Taiwan’s largest municipality by area at 2,951.85 km² (1,139.72 sq mi), stretching from Mount Yu to Taiping Island. Since its start in the 17th century, Kaohsiung has grown from a small trading village into the political, economic, transportation, manufacturing, refining, shipbuilding, and industrial center of southern Taiwan.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Hsinchu

January 24th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Hsinchu City Government © 勤岸/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hsinchu City Government © 勤岸/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hsinchu, officially known as Hsinchu City, is a provincial city in northern Taiwan. Hsinchu is popularly nicknamed “The Windy City” for its windy climate. Among the tourist attractions are: Black Bat Squadron Memorial Hall, Glass Museum of Hsinchu City, Hsinchu City Art Site of Railway Warehouse, Hsinchu CKS Baseball Stadium, Hsinchu Museum of Military Dependents Village, Hsinchu Fish Harbor, Hsinchu Zoo, National Hsinchu Living Arts Center, 17 Kilometer Coastal Scenic Area, Eighteen Peaks Mountain Park, Hsinchu Eastern Gate, Chenghuang Temple Night Market and Tsing Hus Night Market.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Keelung

January 22nd, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Taiwankengo/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Taiwankengo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Keelung, officially known as Keelung City, is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders New Taipei with which it forms the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area, along with Taipei itself. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan’s second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung).   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan

January 21st, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Its neighbors include the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.   read more…

Bangkok, capital of Thailand

January 21st, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Yaowarat Road, Bangkok's Chinatown at night © flickr.com - Ninara/cc-by-2.0

Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown at night © flickr.com – Ninara/cc-by-2.0

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok the nation’s primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance.   read more…

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

January 16th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Buddhist monks in front of the Angkor Wat © flickr.com - sam garza/cc-by-2.0

Buddhist monks in front of the Angkor Wat © flickr.com – sam garza/cc-by-2.0

Angkor was the capital city of the Khmer Empire, which also recognized as Yasodharapura and flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor was a megacity supporting at least 0.1% of the global population during 1010–1220. The city houses the magnificent Angkor Wat, one of Cambodia‘s popular tourist attractions. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit nagara, meaning “city”. The Angkorian period began in AD 802, when the Khmer Hindu monarch Jayavarman II declared himself a “universal monarch” and “god-king”, and lasted until the late 14th century, first falling under Ayutthayan suzerainty in 1351. A Khmer rebellion against Siamese authority resulted in the 1431 sacking of Angkor by Ayutthaya, causing its population to migrate south to Longvek.   read more…

Allahabad in India

November 19th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Millions of Pilgrims take a ritual bath at Sangam © Lokankara/cc-by-sa-3.0

Millions of Pilgrims take a ritual bath at Sangam © Lokankara/cc-by-sa-3.0

Allahabad, also known as Prayag, is a large metropolitan city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the administrative headquarters of Allahabad District, the most populous district in the state and 13th most populous district in India, and the Allahabad Division.   read more…

Joint Security Area between North and South Korea

October 15th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Military Demarcation Line © Kallgan

Military Demarcation Line © Kallgan

The Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face. It is often called the Truce Village of Panmunjom in the media and various military accounts. The JSA is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC). The Joint Security Area is lying within the village of Panmunjom.   read more…

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