Wonderful sunset view of some of the beautiful temples of Bagan, Myanmar.

Breathtaking Bagan

Hurriedly scampering up to the 2nd floor of an old temple in the golden dusky light of a rapidly approaching sunset was the perfect introduction to Bagan’s  magnificent landscapes.      Sheer magic is the only way I can describe this first glimpse and it has to go down as one of those truly special moments in…

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Cave of the Crystal Maiden, Belize

Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre or the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave is a must do if you are floating around Belize, and in particular San Igancio. Getting there is a bit of an arduous journey over a bumpy road for a bit more than hour, and once at the carpark you need to hike…

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man riding on the roof of a truck in fengjie - a town set for destruction

Fengjie Before Destruction 2002

An ancient town with a history of some 2000 years sitting at the entrance of the stunning Qutang Gorge on the northern banks of the Yangzte River, China, Fengjie was one of the first to be destroyed to make way for the Three Gorges Dam project. This series of images was taken in July 2002…

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Huashan Rock Paintings, Guangxi, China

Shrouded in mystery the ancient rock paintings of Huashan were created some 2,000 years ago by the Luoyue people, ancestors of the modern day Zhuang minority. Accessible by boat, the journey along the Ming River is a scenic amble that allows you to take in the sights of rural life along the way.    Locals glide…

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How many buckets of water?

Located near Hezhou the ancient city of Linhe dates back to the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).    So, considering this ancient well may be a couple of thousand years old it is easy to see why there are so many deeply worn grooves in the stone.  Perhaps several million buckets of water…

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Fuchuan Wind & Rain Bridge, Guangxi, China

Having just passed a beautiful village nestled in a valley amongst the lush rice fields of northern Fuchuan county in Guangxi province, Southern China I certainly wasn’t expecting a “wind and rain bridge” to magically appear in the fields. This style of bridge differs to the many famous Dong minority bridges, with a tower or…

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Xiushui Village, China

By the time I had finished tour leading I found I was a pretty hard audience to impress.   Having seen so many amazing sights on a regular basis the extraordinary became the ordinary.   I wondered if the excitement and amazement of seeing something new would ever return.   But I now know its back.     Visiting…

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Ancient Village of Huangyao

  This small piece of classic China featured in the 2005 movie The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.   Stepping through the archway into the old town it is just like stepping back in time.     The village oozes charm and tranquility with well preserved Ming and Qing dynasty houses, faded just…

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