Penang Island, Malaysia. Known as the "Pearl of the Orient," Penang is a place to relax, eat to the brink of misery, and appreciate Malaysia in a new way. Arguably some of the best cuisine in all of Southeast Asia, Penang food combines best of Malay with influences from Chinese and Indian immigrants to produce mouthwatering creations such as laksa noodles. Superb eating is not the only indulgence on the island. Home to nesting sea turtles, the Penang National Park is MY's youngest national…
The Temple of Heaven - Beijing, China It's the most important Taoist structure in all of China and millions flock to it every year, especially during the National Holiday. It was built in the early 1400's during the reign of the Yongle Emperor.
Sunrise at a beach in Bali. Bali, with its miles of beaches and volcanic landscapes, is nothing short of magic. Once only a destination for honeymooners and surfers, Bali is now one of the top destinations in Asia. Excellent beaches, a welcoming Hindu culture, and beautiful scenery make Bali the busiest island in Indonesia.
Dome of the Rock North through Arcade. The Dome of the Rock sits at the Temple Mount site - Mount Moriah, over the rock where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac and where Solomon built the Jewish First Temple 1000 years before Christ. The Dome was built between 685 and 691 and is Islam's third most holiest place after Mecca and Medina.
The Palcho Monastery, Gyantse, Tibet. Tibet, the roof of the world, with its average elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft), is the mountain land covered by Himalayas towering proudly above the magical landscape. Tibet is a truly spiritual place in terms of both the nature and religion. The incredible Tibetan monasteries fit perfectly into the remote and beautiful surroundings.
The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan. This is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, so of course I had to go. It was originally built back in 1397 and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The building itself is as meticulous as the gardens around it. The Japanese really know how to tend a garden! There was a fleet of workers all over the grounds, sweeping up and rearranging little bits here and there. It was all very quaint and wonderful.
This was right in the peak of the cherry blossom season. The soft pink of the blossoms grabs and reflects the light into an unbelievable prism. It’s all like something out of a dream, and I’ve done my best to bring it back to life here on the blog. - Kyo
The Temple of Heaven - Beijing, China It's the most important Taoist structure in all of China and millions flock to it every year, especially during the National Holiday. It was built in the early during the reign of the Yongle Emperor.
Yangtze River. Stretching for 3,900 miles from the Tibetan plateau to the East China Sea, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia. Due to the diminishing of the Tibetan glaciers, the flow of the once mighty Yangtze could dwindle during the dry season in the future, reducing the availability of fresh water in large parts of China all year round and lowering rice yields.