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Archive for July, 2012
 

 
A typical fishing village on Ulleungdo Island in South Korea.

Ulleungdo: Korea’s Emerald Isle

As the crystal-clear turquoise waters swirled below, I continued to follow the path. Ahead of me, the serpentine trail clung precariously to the mountain side, twisting and turning along the rocky coast. Water droplets strea...
by Jim Cheney
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The sunsets over Inner Mongolia Province in China as the Trans-Siberian train passes through.

Photo of the Week: Sunset on the Trans-Siberian

This past week, I had the opportunity to take the first leg of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, or more specifically the Trans-Mongolian, from Beijing, China, to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Taking about 29 hours to travel between the tw...
by Jim Cheney
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Wonderland Amusement Park's unfinished castle lies amid cornfields and in front of towering mountains outside of Beijing, China.

Wonderland: Beijing’s Abandoned Amusement Park

(Update 5/21/13: Rumor has it that Wonderland has been torn down. It may be worth verifying before you go. If you have any definitive information, please let me know.) When travelers come to Beijing, they generally find their w...
by Jim Cheney
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The View of Tiger Leaping Gorge from the Hiking Trail, Yunnan Province, China.

The Magic of Southwestern China

In 2010, China welcomed nearly 56 million international tourists to its country, making it the third most visited country in the world. Of these tourists, many of them stayed on the eastern coast of the country, visiting large ...
by Jim Cheney
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As far as the eye can see, karst mountains dot the landscape around Xingping, China.

Photo of the Week: The Karst Mountains of Xingping

Throughout the world, there are many majestic natural wonders; however, few are as dramatic and beautiful as the karst mountains surrounding the Li River near Guilin, China. Rising hundreds of meters above the surrounding coun...
by Jim Cheney
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Why I Love Traveling By Train

To me, the singular most fascinating aspect of train travel is watching the world pass you by. Unlike flying, when I travel by train I can see the individual villages, the farmers working in their fields, and people going about...
by Jim Cheney
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