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Yue Fei Temple @ Hangzhou China

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The Yue Fei Temple (岳王廟)in Hangzhou was originally built during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279) to commemorate the patriotic hero.  Yue Fei fought tirelessly and played a big role in protecting northern China from the invasion by the Jerchen people of Manchuria.  Despite Yue Fei’s true loyalty to the country, Emperor Gaozong took advise from the evil official Qin Hui,  who framed Yue Fei for jail under false accusation, arranged for an assassination, resulting in the death of Yue Fei at a young age of 39.    Continue reading

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Fei Lai Feng @ Hangzhou China

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Fei Lai Feng (飞来峰) literally means “Peak Flown in From Afar” and was thought to have flown in from India in Chinese legend.  The peak is rather rocky with ancient grottoes featuring plenty of Buddhist stone carvings.  The peak is located right next to the Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺) and the two are some of the finest historical places in Hangzhou that have endured for more than 1000 years.    Continue reading

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Hefang Street @ Hangzhou, China

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Hangzhou’s Hefang Street (河坊街) is a vibrant old street that will keep you entertained.  Shopping in stores that are more than 100 years old, discovering diminishing arts & crafts, drinking the famous Longjin tea and having fun playing dress up!  Hefang Street had always been an important place for  trade some 800 years  ever since the Southern Song Dynasty. In 2000, the street has been made a pedestrian street and renovated to depict old Hangzhou.     Continue reading

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Edo Wonderland @ Nikko, Japan

Edo Wonderland (日光江户村), or “Nikko Edomura” in Japanese is a theme park that reenact the culture and history of the Edo Period ( 1603 – 1868).  The 45000mpark with its lush greens, stone paths and wooden architecture, has plenty of things to do and see.  Museums, parades, haunted houses, ninja shows, water shows, boat cruises, archery ranches,  costume dress-ups, shopping, eating and more.  I must say that one day wasn’t enough for us.     Continue reading

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