Wat Banan – Battambang Province

In the afternoon an interesting visit to Wat Banan temple some 27 km south of Battambang. Battambang Province has proved to be such an interesting rural area. Wat Banan is an Angkor era temple atop  an 1310 ft mountain at Koh Tey. Two lions guard the entrance to a set of wide steps, the steps guarded by the […]

Sightseeing by Tuk tuk – the Province of Battambang

About the Province Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia and the  capital city of the province of Battambang in northwestern Cambodia.It has a population of around 250,000 and is  the leading rice-producing province of the country, known as the “rice-bowl” of Cambodia. A riverside town on the banks of Stung Sangkae river,the city has […]

Fun in the sun|Rural Countryside|Battambang Province

After a visit to the pottery village we stopped at a covered outdoor eatery where you can buy local food, drinks and refreshments. Our tour group had been given a packed lunch of freshly baked baguette with a choice of fillings and fruit from the Hotel. However a cold drink was most welcome and interesting […]

Potters Pots and Pottery – the Province of Chhnang-Cambodia

Potters and Ox-carts Today, scheduled to see a floating village, Chnok True, however turned out the way in was impassable because of the flooding; disappointing. Our guide assured us we would see another floating village on our way across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. Entry into the town; on the roundabout a huge ceramic pot representing […]

Udong Stupas – Intriguing Burial Sites

Ancient Stupas Today we are leaving Phnom Penh for good. It has been our base for the first five days of our tour through Cambodia with Wendy Wu tours. The heavy monsoon rain of the previous day has eased.  We head north to Battambang this morning with a stop to see the ancient Stupas  at […]

Hiroshima – the A Bomb and World Peace

Nozomi train to Hiroshima – A bomb dome  The train trip took roughly about 1-1/2 hour to Hiroshima. At the station we found the information desk easily enough and were given a streetcar map and the number of the streetcar to take us to Hiroshima Peace Park. The first view of the Dome and skeletal […]

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Brewery- Kobe Japan

After Himeji Castle we had an hour or two to spare and our guide suggested a visit to the Hakutsuru Sake Museum and Brewery at Sumiyoshi. We hopped the train from Himeji to Sumiyoshi station, then a short walk to the brewery. The original Hakutsuru Sake Brewery opened in 1743. How a Sake brewery operates  Greeting […]

Himeji Castle (White Heron Castle) – Feudal Architecture

Himeji Station Finding Himeji castle once you get off the train at Himeji stations is pretty simple.Take the North entrance/exit, you can see Himeji Castle when you step outside, it is hard to miss as you walk down the main street (Otemae Street). A shopping arcade is on the right with convenience stores, souvenir shops […]

Kiyomizu-dera (Kyoto) – Japanese Buddhism

  Last on our list for the day is a visit to the Japanese Buddhist Temple of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto.  My memory when approaching the temple is of the lane ways bustling with crowds of people, lined with fascinating little souvenir shops,cafe’s and  eateries;  the delicate pink  petals of  cherry blossoms falling on one’s face like […]

Xintiandi – Shikumen Museum- ‘Stone Gate’ Housing – Shanghai

Xintiandi Shikumen ‘stone gate’ Housing Shikumen ‘stone gate’ housing is a special old type of residence in Shanghai that first appeared in the mid-1800’s. During the uprising of the “Taiping Heavenly Kingdom”(1851 to 1864),  large numbers of people from Shanghai and neighboring Jiangsu and Zheijiang provinces sought safety in the city’s foreign concessions. The need […]

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