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Vancouver’s Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown covered more than three square blocks. Its heart was either side of Pender Street East but there were other streets where I glimpsed every kind of remedy inside Chinese herbal stores, grocery shops stocked a variety of Chinese vegetables and tea shops with a distinctly different aroma.

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A city by the sea

The Trans-Canada Highway runs right across Canada from Victoria where I was headed on the west coast, to Newfoundland on the east coast, nearly eight thousand kilometres. Not surprisingly, it’s the longest national highway in the world. I had been to its eastern extreme so was keen to visit the highway’s starting point. (featured image)

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

I may not have seen any tooth inside Chinatown’s Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, but it didn’t matter. This was the most elaborate temple I’d stepped into in Singapore. The building was huge while inside I lost count of the number of Buddha statues that festooned the walls. Continue reading Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Melbourne’s Chinese Museum

Fortunately, the hike up Little Bourke Street into Chinatown was worth it because of the Chinese Museum. Many of the pieces on display were on loan from a local interested in Chinese history.

Because ancient Chinese believed in the after life as in ancient Egypt, jade burial suits were a relatively common discovery. Despite the extravagance, it was believed that the jade would preserve the body. Continue reading Melbourne’s Chinese Museum

Incheon’s Wolmido Wharf and beyond

Wolmido Wharf was a relaxing stroll along a wide boardwalk where the busy port was visible in the distance. It was packed with locals deciding on which of the many restaurants to eat at or which amusement ride they’d try. Continue reading Incheon’s Wolmido Wharf and beyond

Incheon’s Japanese past

On my way back from Australia, I stayed in Incheon rather than Seoul. It was closer to the airport and turned out to be a good move. The town was a walkable size with a lush park and history connected to the Japanese and Chinese. Continue reading Incheon’s Japanese past