The Year of the Dragon went out with a bang. U.S. President Barack Obama was reelected. The state’s economy returned to pre-recession levels. And Boston’s Celtics came within a hair of winning the NBA championship.
If you crave traditional Taiwanese snacks and yearn for the mountains, Jiufen is one of the best destinations in Taiwan. The mountainside village was once a prosperous gold mining town. After World War II, the mining business declined, leaving behind quaint streets and well-preserved tea houses. While the roads leading up to the town remain dangerously steep and narrow, the tranquility and hazy atmosphere adds a haunting loveliness. With views of the Pacific Ocean, traditional snacks and handmade leather goods, it is a hot tourist attraction.
Too cold to stay in chilly Boston? If you are planning a short trip to get away from the cold weather, annoying work and weariness, try Hawaii. The fresh air, blue water, breathtaking natural beauty and warm residents will surely energize you and make you feel like you’re in paradise!
When author Gao Xingjian received a false diagnosis of lung cancer in the 1980s, he embarked on a soul-searching trek to southwestern China. His journey became the basis of the semiautobiographical “Soul Mountain,” which won the Nobel literature prize in 2000.
The cold weather calls for hot, soupy noodles. With a willing friend, we tried out two of Boston’s ramen places, Uni and Sapporo.
On my trip to China this summer my wife and I decided to visit some of the remoter natural wonders in the mountains ofSichuan. I had always wanted to visit this region ever since I first went to China eighteen years ago, but I never got the chance. This trip however, we finally went to the edge of the Himalayas in a journey that led us from the mountains of Greater Tibet to the East China Sea.