Asia

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Malaysia (February 2017)

Malaysia (February 2017)

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Malaysia (February 2017)

Indonesia (February 2018)

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South Korea (July 2013)

South Korea (July 2013)

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Taiwan (April 2011)

Taiwan (April 2011)

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China (2009 - present)

China (2009 - Present)

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The Orient

Asia, the largest continent, is home to the world's largest nations, economies, and populations. China and India are home to over 2.5 billion people combined. Russia spans 16 time zones, and China, Japan, India, Russia, and South Korea are among the 15 largest economies in the world.
Politically, the Korean Peninsula is still technically at war since no formal peace treaty was ever signed. The unsettled Chinese civil war between the communists (PRC) and nationalists (ROC) still causes tensions to rise on the Taiwan Straight.
Thailand and Cambodia sporadically spar over a temple claimed by both nations while India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers and sworn enemies, causing skirmishes in occupied Kashmir, to become potentially devastating. Finally, China has a border dispute with almost every neighbor, and Japan's colonization of Asia during the Second World War is still a sensitive subject. That being said, this massive stretch of land is dynamic, fast paced, diverse, and full of travel potential.

South Korea (July 2013)

On my way back to the US after working for two years in China, I stopped for a few weeks in South Korea to visit my old Korean friend. I got the star treatment from his family. Overall, it's a clean, lively, and highly developed country with great food, polite people and some good historical sites. Check out a few pictures below.
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Local Fish Market
Anything from the sea can end up on the dinner plate!
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Puffer Fish Soup
According to legend, certain parts of the fish can be poisonous
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Wish on a Roof Tile
Writing good tidings on a clay roof tile at an ancient temple

Taiwan (April 2011)

Formally known as the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan is basically a large highly developed island of the coast of China that was created as a result of the late 1940's Chinese Civil War. Clean, friendly, and surrounded by the sea, this is a great place to visit, but it's not to expensive either. Below are a few photos from the trip, enjoy!
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Ali Mountain 阿里山
Beautifully forested area with a train ride up the mountain
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Taipei 101
This iconic skyscraper is 101 stories and towers above the other buildings downtown
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Countryside
View from the countryside near Taipei

China (2009 - present - many trips)

China (2009 - present - many trips)

In the news, you commonly hear about China's size, population, and impressive economic growth over the last few decades, but there is also a wealth of modern and historic places to visit. To learn more about traveling  in China, checkout the Western China Guide for a wealth of information and some details from my personal travels.

What to do next?

For more photos and information on current, recent and past trips, check out the Travelinman86.com youtube page and extended photo album.