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The Bund: A Symbol of Shanghai

The Bund is a popular scenic waterfront that is a symbol of Shanghai and an epitome of the city’s modern history. It is like an open air museum of international architecture on the west bank of Huangpu River. An array

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Artsy Alleys Crafty Lanes

TIAN ZI FANG Address: Lane 210, Taikang Road Metro Line 9 Dapuqiao Station Exit 1 and walk half a kilometer north During the 1930’s, Shikumen or stone gate buildings on narrow alleys were popular in China. It is a combination

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Shanghai At First Glance

As a first time visitor to China, Shanghai seems to me an excellent point of entry. Its international atmosphere gives a welcoming familiarity and allows easy transition into Chinese culture which can be initially daunting for newcomers. Give yourself a

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Exploring China the ATP way!

The best and most interesting way for me to explore a place is through public transit. It can be very challenging but the rewards are worth taking the risks. I went to China last summer and spent 3 weeks exploring

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Traveling Solo

My recent trip to China has taught me some really practical and important lessons along the premise of safe solo travel. China is a very interesting country to visit. It might be quite a challenge for some considering its infamous

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Crossing Okinawan Bridges

Just north of Nago City is Kouri Island which is part of Nakijin Village. To visit the island, one has to cross two bridges. The first connects Okinawa main island (West coast) and Yagaji Island. And the second connects Yagaji

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American Village

The Mihama American Village is a big entertainment complex and outdoor shopping mall in Okinawa with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes. It also has a movie theater that shows American and Japanese movies. Its most prominent feature is probably

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Okinawa World

Also known as the ‘Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo’, Okinawa World is a touristy theme park that features Okinawan culture and nature. The main attractions are: 1) Gyokusendo Cave – the longest (5kms) cave in the south of Okinawa island, and Japan’s

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Hakone Circuit in a Day

Hakone is one of the most frequented places in Japan. Only less than 100kms from Tokyo and about 2hours by train, locals and international tourists can enjoy fresh air and country view any time of the year.  It is part

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‘Battle of Okinawa’ Memorials

The Battle of Okinawa is probably the fiercest battle ever seen in history. This ground warfare was the only one fought on Japanese soil and was also the largest-scale campaign of the Asia-Pacific War. This war, also called ‘Typhoon of

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