As Burma is opening up , tourists are flowing into the country from everywhere around the world. The touristic industry is yet not ready to welcome so many travelers and many of the hotels are still proposing prohibitive prices and you need to book in advance ! Shang, the Shangri la hotel magazine sent me to Rangoon to document the touristic attraction and to look at its food delicacies and famous street food. I have spent about a week wandering in this amazing city, build mainly on colonial architecture and concentrating a mix of east asian and indian culture. Here are some of the first photos from this series
Sanya, located on the island of Hainan, south of china away from the vietnamese coast is a popular destination for local mainland chinese people in for an cheap exotic escape. With a south east asian climate and white sand beaches, the island still lacks of interesting touristic activities. With the basic, group diving, group banana boating, group jet skying , the island seemed to sell only big chinese vacation group packages. But if you look a bit further, on Riyue bay ( 1 hour drive from Sanya or 20 minutes fast train ride ), you will find a small community that is trying to establish something different. A surf lesson center build with an “old school ” community style. Everything is available on the spot, from boards to beds for overnight stay, to a small dining and infinite flow of fresh beers. As the school is sill having a hard time seducing the local vacationeers, the surf spot has already attracted international circuits and competitions with a good winter break and beautiful waves. Twice a year, international contestant come to Riyue bay to compete for global circuits.
To find out more about the Riyue Bay Surfing School please visit their website : http://www.surfinghainan.com/‘
This article / photos were initially part of a travel story assigned by “Shang” the Shangri La hotel travel magazine that should be available towards the next month.
After my trip to Iceland about 7 years ago, I thought I have seen some of the strangest and most beautiful landscapes in the world… But when we we were driving on the Pamir plateau towards the border of pakistan, I started to hesitate…
Slowly going up from Kashgar in xinjiang china, the road is suddenly cut my an imposing range of mountains rising higher than 7000 meters… And suddenly the landscape become an incredible mix of ice lakes, snow cap mountains, rocks of different colors… and in the middle of this natural art piece, an incredibly good road is going all the way to pakistan…
On the side of it, we get to meet some han chinese worker who just arrived from their faraway provinces to work on making this road even better. For once, I wont add commentaries and let the images speak for themselves:
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