The Gandantegchinien Khiid Monastery in Ulanbaataar was constructed in 1747. It is one of only a few monasteries in Mongolia to escape Stalin-ordered destruction during the Communist era. Today over 150 monks live there, and about 10 times as many pigeons (I’m not kidding). The Tibetan name for the monastery translates into “Great Place of … [Read more…]
I’ll admit it…one of the main reasons I wanted to visit South Korea was because I was curious about the DMZ. Once I learned that the USO here gave occasional tours, I was determined to get a seat on one. It proved to be a tense and fascinating experience. For those of you who slept … [Read more…]
This week I have been in Xining, in the Qinghai Province. The city is located in central China on the Tibetan Plateau. At around 7300 ft elevation, it is chilly and often shrouded in mist. About 3 hours west lies Qinghai Lake. On the route to Lhasa, the lake area is home to a large … [Read more…]
Early mornings are my favorite time of day here. The air is cool(er) and the parks are filled with elderly men and women chatting, practicing taijiquan or playing games in the shade. Yesterday I wandered over to Houhai Lake at around 6am, just to see what was over there. What I found was a beautiful … [Read more…]
For the next month this blog will feature iPhone images and stories from abroad as I (Jenna) travel around China, Mongolia and South Korea. Today was my first full day in Beijing. The city makes NYC look tame…scooters, taxis, throngs of people, heat, humidity, chickens, rickshaws, bicycles piled high with anything and everything…jet lag had … [Read more…]
Personal Project Image #1 (first one to make the cut, anyway).