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Door Handles in Chinese Doors – Guardians of the House

These door handles in Chinese doors are the guardians of the house. Three weeks ago, I traveled to Suzhou. Every time I saw a door handle, I couldn’t help but take photos of them. They fascinate me. The locals and other tourists who had seen me looking at the details

The Best Places to Visit in Boston

When it comes to history and culture, there are fewer cities as fascinating as Boston. Steeped in colonial history, the oldest city in America is the setting for forward-thinking transformation and innovation, which makes it one of the country’s most favored vacation destinations. With a huge arts and crafts scene,

Making the Most of Your Trip to California

A cruise around the Golden State, whether you decide to opt for its sunny beaches, celeb-filled LA, or its more rural areas out in nature, will undoubtedly be a trip that you remember for the rest of your life. There are plenty of activities and local attractions to occupy your

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel

The Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower was once the tallest building in China – from 1994 to 2007. Then, it was later eclipsed by the modern Shanghai World Financial Center.  Today, the tower is the 5th tallest in the world. A friend of mine once told me that his Shanghainese friend

Shanghaied by The Bund at Night

I guarantee that you will be shanghaied by The Bund at night. The city’s skyline views after sunset are breathtaking. You do not need to join a night tour – just go there by yourself and enjoy it. Don’t worry much about security. The Bund promenade has police officers on

Shantang Street in Suzhou – Your Window to Wu Culture

Shantang Street in Suzhou is your go-to for something that resembles ancient China. The courtyard houses there will definitely give you a glimpse of what life was like eons ago. The street is your “Window to Wu Culture,” they (tour guides) say.  If you are into Chinese architecture, you might find

This Precious Belt Bridge in Suzhou Has 53 Arches

This Precious Belt Bridge in Suzhou has 53 arches. By the look of it, this bridge has weathered time in ancient Chinese history. It is stone bridge that dates back to mid-Tang Dynasty era in Chinese history. However, due to several reconstructions, the bridge you see today goes back to

Relive Old Suzhou at Pingjiang Lu

On Pingjiang Lu, you can still relive the Old Suzhou you are looking for. However, it’s not the kind of experience that will fully give you a satisfying experience. Though the street is lined with white-washed houses of old yore, many are turned into businesses that cater to tourists. There

3 Things Not To Do In Phuket (And What To Do Instead)

There’s something exciting about going to a place and seeing it through fresh eyes. You get to make up your mind about things before being prejudiced by others. You figure things out for yourself and have an adventure. Unfortunately, Phuket is not one of those places. One of Thailand’s biggest

An Early Morning Stroll at Charles Bridge in Prague

At first glance, Charles Bridge in Prague is just an ordinary bridge you’ll see across Europe. You won’t appreciate it if you haven’t read a bit of its history or anything about its structure. The Prague skyline on both sides of the river serves as a beautiful backdrop. The experience itself

The Views from the Lesser Town Bridge Tower in Prague

The Lesser Town Bridge Tower has a much better view than its opposite tower across Charles Bridge. The views from above show the panoramic skyline of the Old Town Prague, Charles Bridge, and the Vltava River. Though it is shorter than the Gothic black tower on the opposite end, it

Visiting the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”

The “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” is a must-see attraction in Berlin. That’s a long name, but you all can call it the “Holocaust Memorial.” It is there to remind us of the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Based on its lengthy name, you wouldn’t really know
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