The Long Corridor | Summer Palace Beijing

The magnificent Long Corridor at the Summer Palace in Beijing, is 728 metres in length. It has  crossbeams under the roof which divides the corridor into 273 sections, all of which are richly decorated with art. When the Qianlong Emperor authorized the construction of a palace garden in 1750, he also commissioned the building of […]

The Golden Pheasant in Chinese Culture and Tradition

Golden Pheasants and Silver Pheasants (also a native of China) have been used symbolically in ancient Chinese art and culture for hundreds of centuries. To the Chinese the Golden pheasant is a symbol of beauty, good fortune and refinement.

Chinese Culture and Tradition – Top Five Attractions Beijing

We spent the most wonderful four days on a Beijing tour seeing the main attractions in Beijing, and absolutely walked our little feet off. This was just the start of our tour, but it was certainly great value for money. My sister  and I toured China in 2006 on a 14 day small group tour, […]

The Fascinating Summer Palace in Beijing China

The Summer Palace is another beautiful and fascinating place to visit on a small group tour in Beijing. It is dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. The central Kunming Lake covers 2.2 square kilometers and is a man-made lake. The soil dug out from  the lake was used to build Longevity Hill. Built on […]

Empire of the Great Ming – Chinese Culture and Tradition

Chinese history of the Ming Dynasty under Emperor Hongwu and Emperor Yongle The Ming (‘Brilliant’) Dynasty also known as the Empire of the Great Ming, was the ruling dynasty of China from the years 1368 to 1644, one of the longest and most stable periods in China’s history. The founder of the Ming, Zhu Yuanzhang […]

Demolition and Devastation | Travel Tokyo Japan

This was a beautiful traditional Japanese architectural style theatre where I saw a performance in 2007. I was so shocked to read it had been demolished. It will be rebuilt by 2013. Meantime Japanese Kabuki will be staged at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre nearby.

Toshogu Shrine | Japan Tokyo Travel

A day tour to Nikko National Park and the Toshogu Shrine. An amazing experience, not to be missed if you are visiting Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Japan – Travel to Nikko

Nikko Travel – Rinnoji and the Toshogu Shrine Today a new adventure in our TOKYO JAPAN TRAVEL tour. This was a one day tour from Tokyo. We travel from Tokyo to Nikko to the Nikko National Park, first to visit the Toshogu Shrine, (a Japanese Cultural experience not to be missed), then Kegon Waterfall and […]

Ancient Buddhist Temple|The Lama Temple Beijing China

The “Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple” Beijing In Beijing there are many Temples. Buddhist Temples in Beijing are centuries old. Some were built for ordinary people, others were for members of the imperial court.  The most important Buddhist Temple in Beijing is known by various names such as the “Lama Temple”,the “Palace of […]

The Mahabrata – Culture and Dance in Ubud

I sat in an open courtyard of the Ubud Palace at Ubud, Indonesia among the hum of talk, the odd whine of a mossie, and the quick slaps of those under attack among the audience. We waited as the Gamelan Orchestra assembled and tuned their instruments. The orchestra was a wonderful sight, so much gleaming […]

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