BingLing Temple (炳灵寺) China

This place is hard to get to but worth the effort! It is so remote the only way to get there is by boat but the beautiful cliffs, Yellow river, and Buddhas (carved right into the cliffs!) make me want to go again and again. 

There are hundreds of stone statues throughout the 100+ caves. There is a bit of walking so be sure to wear comfortable shoes but there weren’t as many stairs as I had expected so that was a plus.

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Lanyang Museum Taiwan

It’s hard to find a more spectacular museum – architecturally that is.

If you visit the Lanyang Museum in Yilan, plan to spend more time outside the building than in it. There is a pretty little lake with a winding path around it. I recommend enjoying the walk around the lake before stopping in for a little bit.

Once inside, you will see exhibits about the history of Yilan. It’s a good size museum and has a lot of information so if you are a history buff it is worth the tour.

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Star Ferry, Hong Kong

The Morning Star boat by Star Ferry

What can you get in New York for $0.35? No much. Well, despite being just as expensive as New York (ref), this ferry trip and tourist attraction in only costs HKD$2.70.

The boats run every few minutes from 6:30 to 23:30 making it more convenient that most subways. Plus, the view is wonderful on the ride – especially at night.

If you come to Hong Kong this is a must-see!

More information can be found on the Star Ferry website.

Myanmar Travel

The Golden Rock, Myanmar

Sorry women – this rock in men only. The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a sacred Buddhist site that is on top of the golden rock visible behind me. Due to the practice of male monks not being allowed to make physical contact with females, only men are allowed into the inner sanctuary.

Even as a male, the rules are very strict on what I could wear when I went in. I had to take off my sandals and wear a sarong. This is shows respect to the holy site that, according to legend, is balanced on a single strand of Buddha’s hair.

Whether you are a boy or a girl, it is still worth a visit if you are in Myanmar. It is amazing just to look at this rock and marvel at how close to the edge it can be without rolling off the edge.

Traveler Ni in front of the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda on top of Golden Rock in Myanmar

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Chao Phraya River, Thailand

Sunset over from the Chao Phraya river. Photo by Traveler Ni.

What an unforgettably romantic sunset over the Chao Phraya river! Everything seemed to align on this sunset trip. The boat, skyscrapers, and sunset all came together to make this perfect moment. If you ever visit Bangkok, take your special someone here.

How to get there:

There are many boat options available from the Sathon Pier. There are many other stops along the river but what makes this spot the best is its proximity to the subway system. You can buy your ticket in person or online.

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South Korea

Donggung Palace – Seoul, South Korea

The famous Donggung Palace in Korea’s ancient capital – Gyeongju. This was part of the ancient Solla palace complex that was created over 2000 years ago. It is beautiful and only a few kilometers away from city center. If you visit Korea, this is worth checking out.


Asahiyama Zoo, Hokkaido – Japan

Asahikawa has the coldest recorded temperature in all of Japan so visiting during the winter is freezing.

Zoos aren’t normally my cup of tea but the Asahiyama Zoo is special. With all the snow and daily penguin walk (as well as the newly renovated flamingo exhibit!) it is worth the trip. Check out the walk-through below.


April 27 – October 15, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 5:15p.m.
October 16 – November 3, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m.
November 11, 2019 – April 7, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 3:30p.m.


El Grito – The Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day – after the speech of the authority (known as El Grito) at the main square, the Mexicans celebrate during the whole month with parade, songs, dance and fireworks. On September 16th 1810, a Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church and gave the call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence against Spain.

I was in a small town of Palenque in Mexico. It was fun, the guy wear a metal structure with a bull and walk around after turning o the firecrackers.


The Holy Pig Festival in Sanxia, Taiwan

On January, 30th. 2020, I went to a a very curious tradition in Taiwan.

The Holy Pig (Shen Zu – 神豬) Festival in Sanxia (a traditional district in New Taipei City in northern Taiwan) according to its annual Lunar New Year. Local pig farmers compete to display the largest pig, the winner takes home a trophy every year and they are sacrificed to the local god. The annual festival marks the birthday of the Chinese deity Zushi and was held in a square outside the Zushi Temple. Each year one Clan Family is responsible to host the ceremony, this year (2020) was the Lin. There are a total of 7 clans that host this ceremony, so after 6 years the Lin Clan will host again, after Huang, Chen, Liu and other threes.

Many Holy Pigs up weights near 900 kg whereas a normal pig would weigh only 120 kg. After the sacrifice in the night before their skin is stretched to a metal frame, looking even bigger than the abnormal big animal. A whole pineapple is not forgotten to put into their mouths and a parade starts the next early morning. Some food like a whole chicken and a still alive fish is also part of the feast.

There is a displayed list of each Lin family’s clan with their respective donation made to the temple each year. In the past the feast was for free for all the invitees and the public, but now the pork is sold for more than USD 55/kg.

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Beehive Fireworks Festival in Yanshui, Tainan, Taiwan

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2020 – Feb. 7th and 8th

See the site below for more detailed information, what to wear, transportation, time of event.

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is listed as one of the world’s three major folk festivals, and is also one of the most significant religious activities in Taiwan. The fireworks originated near the end of the 19th century during the Qing Dynasty. Back then there was a plague, and due to the lack of knowledge concerning medicine and treatment, the death toll increased every day. The terrified locals prayed to Guan Yu, or the Holy Ruler Deity Guan, and asked him for help. The deity replied that on the night of Lantern Festival Day, the deity will parade through the streets of Yanshui, and followers must set off firecrackers/fireworks as they trailed behind the deity’s holy sedan chair. The procession lasted until dawn, and the plague was no more. So the later generations carried on this custom and would welcome the Holy Ruler Deity Guan to make his rounds every year on the night of Lantern Festival Day.

Every Lantern Festival night, the holy sedan chair slowly parades through the streets of Yanshui (Tainan Province), surrounded by followers and visitors. When the sedan chair passes the doorways of stores and residences, racks of fireworks will be lit, sending firecrackers flying everywhere! People believe that after running through the flying fireworks, you can get rid of bad luck and have a prosperous and wonderful new year.

I didn’t wear special clothes or helmet, I did follow the parade in 2018 and hide behind a pole to see and make videos and photos. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to go, I took one or two bus from Tainan City to go to the local of the event. But it really worth it.