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Rich with natural and man made heritage, Mongolia is a vast country, home of the largest equestrian statue in the world- it's 40 m tall and depicts Genghis Khan on horseback. It is also a country of many dinosaur discoveries, singing dunes, hot springs, ancient Buddhist monasteries and palaces.
Nara, a city near Kyoto, is a perfect city for day-trip. As Japan's capital city during Nara Period, it contains many historical Buddhism temples (including Todaiji - world's largest wooden building). Deer wander freely around near Nara Park.
Tourists usually arrive at one of the railway stations (JR or Kintetsu), and then walk around the east part of the city to visit temples and deers. There are some Nara foods along the way.
Pen, ink and stitching on Lokta Paper, which is a handmade artisan paper indigenous to Nepal. I was inspired to do this drawing based based on a memory of a concert I attended at The Wexner Center of the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. They brought in Tuva Throat singers from Mongolia. The sound they produce is very unique and memorable.
Located nearby Hong Kong, Guangzhou(also known as "Canton") is the third biggest city in China, but is much less known internationally compared to Beijing and Shanghai. Guangzhou was a major trade port throughout the Chinese history, leaving a legacy of architectures of both Western styles and traditional Chinese styles.
It's easy to visit Guangzhou's major attractions in one day, and metro is arguably the best way to do so. Currently, there are 10 lines of metro, one of which operates on a driver-less automated system. The metros are new, clean, bright and efficient.
Uji, the home of Matcha, is a lovely town surrounded by green hills, clear rivers and streams which are perfect for cultivating green tea leaves. My cousins lived in this little town and my family often visited them when I was little. While our parents enjoyed their tea ceremony at a tea house by Uji river, my cousins and I would go to our favorite ice cream shop and indulged ourselves into creamy dreamy green matcha ice cream! Still now, their skyscraper-towering-matcha sandae is an absolute dream food!!