Inner Mongolia – How does it look like living in a yurt?

This post is in response to the readers of  Retireediary’s recent post Inner Mongolia and Shanxi .  His pictures of the Yurts have attracted many readers who are curious how the inside looks like.  I had visited Inner Mongolia few years ago.  My friend Link’s pictures are nice and include the inside look of the yurts where we…

My Eastern Europe trip #3 – Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Poland

The above picture is from the Wikimedia Commons When we left Warsaw on the way to Krakow, we went to Czestochowa, a place of worship visited by millions of tourists and worshipers every year.  The reason why it attracted so many visitors is because of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa (Polish: Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Częstochowska,  also known as Our Lady of…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window – “Along the Fifth Avenue, NYC”

This post is in responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Window This is my favorite subject!  I do have many choices in my collection of “windows”.  Remember I had some discussions with some of you about the windows of Belvedere Palace in Vienna?  Then everywhere I go, I always take pictures of windows which may be…

Highlights of my recent trip to Eastern Europe

Dear  family and friends: Happy New Year! To wish you all a happy new year, I created this video with highlights of some of my photos taken in Eastern Europe. I did not have much time to write about this trip on my blogs, but hope that you would like the video and the music…

I just published my second book: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Denise | Make Your Own Book Dear friends: Please join me to appreciate the architectural wonder of Angkor Wat, and the beautiful art and culture of the Cambodian people. Sincerely, Denise

I just published my first cookbook! a real book!

Dear fellow bloggers and friends, As many of you know, I am a very curious person,  and cannot stop learning.  I just found out a book making site :  www.Blurb.com, when I was reading another blogger friend ‘s post and her publications.  I cannot wait but to embark on a new project immediately.    As…

Eastern Europe 2013 #2 – St. Mary’s Altar, Krakow, Poland

If you ask me what impressed me most during this trip, without hesitation, I would say ” St. Mary’s Altar.”   It is called Altarpiece of Veit Stoss, at St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland.  The altarpiece was carved between 1477 and 1489 by the Bavarian sculptor Veit Stoss.   If you google this title, all you can see…

Shilin or “Stone Forest”: My Yunnan Trip #20

The final destination of our Yunnan Trip is Shilin, or Stone Forest.  It is one of the “must see” sites,  if you go to Yunnan.  See the video and the pictures I took, and you will agree with me. Here’s a short description of Shilin, from the Wikipedia: The Stone Forest or Shilin (Chinese: 石林;…

The Ganges River – a Place of Life and Death

Thanks to my friend Rebecca’s recent post on  The River Goddess, I remember I did some exploration on the Ganges River a year ago.  I was helping my sister in organizing her pictures in Shutterfly, and could not resist from going into an exploratory mood…to find out the importance of the Ganges River to the…

Sharing with you my recent Learning Experience in Publishing an e-book

  A blogger friend Michael Lai in response to my last post My third e-book: An Unforgettable Trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia on this Blog, asked if I could share my learning experience in writing an e-book.  I am thrilled with this request, as Michael’s traveled everywhere around the world and his blog is always filled with high quality professional…

My third e-book: An Unforgettable Trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I am happy to present to you a complete e-book this time, instead of one chapter only as in my two previous post.  The pictures and contents of this e-book have been published on this blog . You may say, that is easy then.  Unfortunately this is not the case.   As this includes 5…

The Naxi Minority in Yunnan – My Yunnan Trip # 16

As I mentioned in my post “My Yunnan Trip #1”, there are many minorities in Yunnan. I am particularly interested in the Naxi or Nakhi minority, because of their matriarch family structure, which is very different from the Han’s family structure in China. The Naxi people mostly live in the Naxi Autonomous County in Lijiang, Yunnan…

The Longest Couplets in the World – Daguan Park, Kunming, My Yunnan Trip #15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguan Park “Daguan Park, located in the southwestern suburb of Kunming City, is a lakeside park. Today many locals come to sit, drink tea, fly kites, and go boating. Among shady walks and pools, Daguan’s focal point is Daguan Ge, a square, three-storeyed pavilion built to better Kangxi‘s enjoyment of the distant Western Hills and now a storehouse of calligraphy extolling the area’s…

My Yunnan Trip #12 – Dali City, the Ancient Tea Route and the Bai Minority

“Dali City (Chinese: 大理市; pinyin: Dàlǐ shì; Bai: Darl•lit; Hani: Dafli) is a county-level city in the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937–1253. Situated in a once significantly Muslim part of South China, Dali was…

Lijiang, the cute little bungalow where we lived – My Yunnan Trip #10

This is the cute little bungalow where we lived in Lijiang. There was an attendant who made breakfast for us every morning.  We were a party of six who occupied one bungalow with three floors.  There were four rooms, each equipped like an individual hotel room.  The night scenery in the hotel compound was very…