Travelogue

Landscape

Red Land 红土地

Some said this place is created when God over spilled the colour palette.

我蛮喜欢人们用“上帝打翻的调色盘”来形容红土地, 非常鲜明地刻画出这里鬼斧神功的地貌。

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It is hard to imagine that I could be having breakfast at Red Land (Dong Chuan, Yunnan,  China) and having coffee at night in Malaysia at night. This magical land is so within reach but yet unknown to many who visited Kunming City.

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The views are stunning and the hard works by the farmers on this highland (~2,500m to 2,700m) are simply touching. This could be illustrated by the picture below, see how the entire harsh mountain range has been cultivated into productive land?

红土地落霞沟

Red Land more well known to the photography travellers. When we saw this momentary rays of lights from our car, our driver almost rushed to a stoppable area for us take this picture. It disappeared in less than 1 minute later. Everyone is having fun chasing after the light.

到访红土地的摄影旅者都在追逐光和影。

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(note: all thumbnails were compressed, click picture to view a light version of the photo)

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Paddy fields @ Tana Toraja

With limited travelled due to expected rain, we only visited part of Tana Toraja country side (outside of Rantepao town).

Paddy field at Tana Toraja (6)

There are more impressive panorama view of terrace paddy fields in the area.

Paddy field at Tana Toraja (2)

Some of the fields are ready for harvest. We were lucky to visit on the village where the community is preparing for the harvest festival.

Paddy field at Tana Toraja (1)

Rice is the main staple in Indonesia. I have been eating fried rice continuously the last few days. In fact, I am having fried rice right now while I am writing this post in a restaurant.

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The lady was plucking the Morning Glory (‘Kangkung’) leaves for dinner. I love stir fried kangkung with shrimp paste, cheap and appetizing.

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Sam Poh Tong 三宝洞

One of the tourist attraction in Ipoh is cave temples. Sam Poh Tong is one the 3 more popular cave temples in Ipoh.

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If I have to rank the 3 temples, my liking is in the following order:

(1) Kek Look Tong 极乐洞

(2) Perak Tong 霹雳洞

(3) Sam Poh Tong 三宝洞

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Kek Look Tong – impressive limestone caves (part 3 of 3)

Kinta Valley is famous for tin cores and limestone. One accessible place to view the magical works of nature in the form of limestone sculpture is the free visit to Kek Look Temple.

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Most of the caves in Kinta Valley are around 250 to 350 million years old.

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The towering Stalactite (grows from the ceiling) and stalagmite (grows from the floor). When they meets after million years of water dripping, column of pillars are formed. You can see the silhouette on the right.

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Kek Look Tong–the cave of bronze statues (part 2 of 3)

Out of all the cave temples in Kinta Valley (Ipoh, Perak), Kek Look Tong did one thing absolutely right. That is to co-exist with the caves in the most possible ways.

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Bronze was used to make the statues, and the copper colour blends nicely with the colour of the limestone caves.

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Other decorative statues are about 2 inches high, almost invisible.

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Kek Look Tong 极乐洞 (part 1 of 3)

Kek Look Tong could be one the more impressive cave temple in Ipoh (Kinta Valley).

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It situated inside the residential area of Gunung Rapat, a small detour from Gopeng Road.

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The garden behind the temple is surrounded by hills and has a nice pond (used to be mining lake).

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Himalayan Sunrise and Sunset Views from Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a hilltop resort about 30km from Kathmandu.

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Nagarkot situated at the Kathmandu Valley rim, thus provide vista view of the valley as well as the Himalaya snow cap summits.

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visitors can take transport up to the hilltop without having to do any climbing or hiking. From the hotels or nearby hilltop, Nagarkot provides incredible vantage views from Annapurnas to Everest.

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