East Asia

Miyajima Torii and Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine Complex The Itsukushima Shrine is a classic and iconic Japanese site. Laced with history and a UNESCO Heritage Site, it is dedicated to the three daughters of Susanso-o no Mikoto, the Shinto diety of seas and storms. The spectacular gate, or torii, of Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions,

The Peak in Hong Kong

The view from The Peak will take your breath away. On a clear day, a simply stunning panorama can be viewed from the pinnacle of this landmark on Hong Kong Island. The Peak – Hong Kong’s premier tourist spot, just under 500-metres high (around 1,085 feet above sea level) – is an ideal place to

Terracotta Warriors of China

Former French president Jacques Chirac once said: “One can’t claim to have visited China unless one has seen these Terracotta Warriors. Considered to be of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses were discovered during the 1970’s when local peasants were drilling for water and happened to

Mengjia Longshan Temple in Taipei, Taiwan

Mengjia Longshan Temple is a beautifully maintained complex of buildings, with incredibly ornate architecture and an authentic atmosphere. It was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian in mainland China but has been consistently added to, improved, and rebuilt after earthquakes and war. As such, much of the temple we see today is from the

Lotte World, South Korea

Lotte World is a massive theme park in Seoul that encompasses both indoor and outdoor theme parks, shopping malls, and Lotte Hotel World – a five-star hotel. Known as the world’s largest indoor theme park, visitors of all ages can enjoy more than 20 thrilling rides, South Korea’s largest ice-skating rink, laser shows, lively parades

The Forbidden City in Beijing

The construction of the Forbidden City was commissioned by Emperor Yong Le, the third Ming Emperor, after he relocated the capital city to Beijing in 1406. Following the ancient rules of spatial design, and the Chinese belief that emperors were gods bestowed by heaven, the arrangement of the buildings reflects the hierarchical order in heaven;

The Stone Forest near Kunming

The Stone Forest is a creation of prehistory. In the Permian period, roughly 270 million years ago, the earth flexed its muscles, caused an ocean to drain and the limestone seabed to rise up. The wash of the receding waters, time, wind and acidic rain, all lent to the erosion of the limestone until only

Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine is a Confucian royal shrine in Seoul that’s dedicated to the performance of memorial services during the Joseon Dynasty. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, this royal shrine and its surroundings are well-preserved in their present form since the 16th century, where visitors can marvel at traditional Korean architecture and

Nikko, Japan

A luxurious and popular location for vacationing. Simply rife with the elaborate and beautiful architecture of temples and shrines. Nikko lies at the foot of Mt. Nyoho in the western part of Tochigi, and it is known as the home of the Futarasan Shrine, the Toshogu Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple. It is also home to

The Great Wall of China near Beijing

One of China’s most scenic attractions that calls for repeated visits, the Great Wall’s lengthy span passes through diverse landscapes and geographical terrains. The easternmost section at Hushan in Liaoning juts right into the Bohai Sea (Pacific Ocean), then it winds up and down mountains, through grasslands and deserts, passing through Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi,