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Top Five Things to Do in Lijiang, China

  • Lily Zhang
  • 15 July 2011

Lijiang, China, is a charming city in the heart of Yunnan province, a region notable for its ethnic minorities. Lily Zhang, a local Naxi woman who grew up in a beautiful Naxi village about 15 kilometres from Lijiang City, is the whl.travel local connection in Lijiang. As a Lijiang local, Lily shares the top 5 things to do in Lijiang while on a Lijiang holiday.

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Photo of the Week: Forked Tongue of the Dragon, Komodo, Indonesia

  • Ng Sebastian (Photo and Text)
  • 3 April 2011

This picture of a Komodo Dragon was taken on November 01, 2006. It is one of the best pictures of the giant lizards that I have ever taken, although I have been visiting Komodo National Park almost every year since April 1988.

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How to Help Japan in the Aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 March 2011

What’s happening in Japan is tragic. Rather than dwell on the much-reported disaster, the WHL Group hopes you will show solidarity with the global effort to help reach everyone in distress through any of an assortment of programs.

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Photo of the Week: The Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Teamworkz (Photo) Lee Sheridan (Text)
  • 13 March 2011

I have been travelling in, through and around Bangkok for 10-plus years now and had never been to the the Damneon Saduak Floating Market, which lies about a one-hour drive outside of Bangkok. Hearing it was a big tourist trap I had ignored it for years. Having some family visitors who wanted to see it forced my hand though and off we went

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Top Five Ways to Usher in the New Year, Asian Style

  • WHL Group
  • 1 February 2011

New Year’s Day is a time to bid farewell to the year that was and greet the year that will be with joy and hope for positive change. It is celebrated all over the world and often welcomed with a bang (literally). In the Western world, festive New Year’s events occur on the 1st of January, the first day of the Gregorian calendar. However, for millions of people on the other side of the world, the New Year is ushered in on different days of the year, often in keeping with the lunar calendar.

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Save the Rhino, See My Horn!

  • Andy Scott
  • 31 January 2011

The rhinoceros is critically endangered! Approximately 200 years ago, at the turn of the 19th century, there were an estimated one million rhinos. By 1970, the count was about 70,000. Today, there are fewer than 24,000 remaining in the wild. If there is no change in our appreciation of this magnificent animal – if we do not take action to stop poaching and support the protection of our rhinos – the five surviving species (white rhino, black rhino, Indian rhino, Sumatran rhino and Javan rhino) will become extinct in the wild in our lifetime.

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Photo of the Week: Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Thailand

  • Lee Sheridan (Photo and Text)
  • 2 January 2011

This photo was taken in June 2010 off the coast of Koh Samui in the Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is a collection of 42 islands spread over 100 square kilometres. Most of the islands are close enough to each other to create a spectacular panorama. A day trip out to visit these islands is a great one day tour option from Koh Samui itself.

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Photo of the Week: Migratory Birds, Lijiang, China

  • Lily Zhang (photo and Text)
  • 28 November 2010

This is a picture of the bar-headed goose, a migratory bird that spends part of its year in and around the Lashi Lake nature reserve to the west of Lijiang city in the Yunnan Province of China. During winter time, from November to March, thousands of migratory birds from northern China and Siberia flock to Lashi Lake for the winter. The Lake provides a very nice, warm, safe environment with enough food for all the birds.

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Photo of the Week: A Pair of Scarecrows, Seoul, South Korea

  • Cindy Lee (Photo and Text)
  • 31 October 2010

This photo was taken when I visited Andong – located in the Yeongnam region, southwest of Seoul – which is very famous area for its Hahoe Folk Village, now a UNESCO World Heritage site of traditional-style houses. When I was out for a walk one day, I came across two scarecrows in the middle of a field, a good memory from childhood.

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Dance to the Beat of Mongolian Bling

  • Off the Radar
  • 23 August 2010

Ask any youth from the Western hemisphere to name their favorite hip-hop artists and they will probably rattle off a few names that come to mind. Ask their parents and grandparents and you would likely be met with a blank stare. Younger generations have come to assume that this culture gulf is wide and incapable of being bridged. Nasanbat, a 52 year old Mongolian woman, however, can name the first hip-hop song that became popular in Mongolia, a few of the bands and artists around town, and is probably more tuned into the industry than any Western youth. She is not the exception. In fact, in Mongolia, older generations know all about hip-hop.

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