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Unusual Asian Festivals

October 6, 2010  

Unusual Asian Festivals

Just as the rest of the world moves forward into the online digital world, there are still various classical traditions from centuries past that retains their popularity with the new younger generation of people. Even as some of these traditions are strange and unusual, they have continued to grow in popularity. With its colorful local cultures and numerous differing locales, the region of Asia is filled with such festivities. Here are some of the best for your perusal,... [Read more of this review]

Touring Yogyakarta – Old City

September 28, 2010  

Touring Yogyakarta – Old City

Yogyakarta is a mixture and combination of various cultural influences, from the historic colonial era to the mystical influences of Sultans and temples of old, this old city has them all. As you explore the cultural and social diversity and daily life, take time to visit historic sites and go museum-hopping, this is a city that is sure to charm history buffs and culture vultures alike! Photo credit - Java Tourism Hustle and Bustle of Malioboro Tourists in Yogyakarta... [Read more of this review]

Korean Festival Showcase

September 4, 2010  

Korean Festival Showcase

The Land of Ginseng is one that thoroughly understands the importance of preserving its rich history and culture. As such, numerous festivals are held throughout Korea each year to showcase the beauty of the country and to foster an understanding of its rich history and culture. Some of these festivals have become tourists attractions on their own, and are definitely worth planning your trip around. Photo credit - Stinki Pinkie Infinity Boryeong Mud Festival July,... [Read more of this review]

Thai Spa Traditions

August 1, 2010  

Thai Spa Traditions

Feel-good therapies and natural healing are the lifestyle mantras of the new millennium. Thailand leads the way in this regard, reviving many of its ancient techniques and treatments that have been handed down from one generation of women to the next. Thai massage and meditation are amongst some of the best in the world, with a full range of services from full beauty treatments, facials, relaxing baths and scrubs, healthy tonics and much more. Plenty of the following... [Read more of this review]

Historic Duolun Road, Shanghai

June 18, 2010  

Historic Duolun Road, Shanghai

If places like Taikang Lu and Xintiandi are a contemporary and historical melting pot of Shanghai-ness, then Duolun Road is its timeline. When 50 Moganshan was still nothing more than a textile factory, some of the most radical and freethinking writers of their time were chilling out on Duolun Rd. It started with Lu Xun, China’s most celebrated literary son, who moved in to the area in the 1930s. Others, like Guo Moruo, Mao Dun and Ding Ling followed. Before long,... [Read more of this review]

50 Moganshan, Shanghai’s Art District

June 17, 2010  

50 Moganshan, Shanghai’s Art District

Less than 10 years old, 50 Moganshan Road, or M50 as it’s often referred to, is nothing if not modern. An old warehouse district from the 1930s, the buildings at 50 Moganshan Rd. once housed factories that made silk and calico. Up until 2000, when Shanghai art legend Xue Song moved his workroom into one of the restored spaces there, 50 Moganshan was essentially dead. Shanghai’s Art District Now, looking toward its 10-year anniversary, 50 Moganshan is the hottest... [Read more of this review]

Dempsey Art Village

June 13, 2010  

Dempsey Art Village

Dempsey, Art Village The hill has attracted many business owners from all over the world. For those with a penchant for the East, Dempsey certainly enchants. The majority of the retail outlets here are thematically Asian, bringing about various Asian heritages from all over the region. There is a mélange of art galleries, furniture stores and lifestyle boutiques, most of which import their exhibits and products exclusively from all over Asia, enlivening the place with... [Read more of this review]

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