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July 21 365 Tsunami hits Alexandria, Egypt


On July 21st 365, a powerful earthquake off the coast of Greece caused a tsunami that devastated the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Although there were no measuring tools at the time, scientists now estimate that the quake was actually two tremors in succession, the largest of which is thought to have had a magnitude of … Continue reading

June 27 1985 Route 66 decertified


On June 27th 1985, after 59 years, the iconic Route 66 entered the realm of history, when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials decertified the road and voted to remove all its highway signs. Measuring some 2,200 miles in its heyday, Route 66 stretched from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, passing … Continue reading

Hong Kong Avenue Of Stars


January 31st 2011: The Avenue of Stars is a salute to eminent Hong Kong film workers for their devoted contribution to local and world theatres. With many visitors to Hong Kong being fans of Hong Kong’s movies, the Avenue of Stars also serves as a tourist attraction. It was opened to the public and visitors from … Continue reading

March 21 1963 Alcatraz Closes


On March 21st 1963, Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closed down and transferred all it’s prisoners to other institutions, according to official government sources. At it’s peak period of use in the 1950s, “The Rock,” or “America’s Devil Island” housed over 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. Alcatraz remains an icon of American prisons … Continue reading

Chengdu China Giant Panda Breeding Base


July 29 2010: The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit organisation engaged in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism. It’s go.al is to be a world-class research facility in all these areas The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987, with six giant pandas rescued from the wild. … Continue reading

Oahu Hawaii Sea Life Park


November 16 2007: Sea Life Park Hawaii is located on O’ahu, one of Hawaii’s most famous islands. Oahu is known for its natural beauty, history, culture, and attractions. Sea Life Park adds to Oahu’s magic by providing a unique opportunity to interact with exotic sea life and animals. There is swimming with dolphins and sea … Continue reading

Bandung Indonesia Tangkuban Perahu


September 2nd 1977: Tangkuban Perahu is a volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked … Continue reading

Jakarta Indonesia “Seven-Up Man” Monument


August 31st 1977: The monuments in Jakarta, many of which are built on roundabouts,  are usually called by local names, and are most often referred to as a way of giving directions. Many of the locals don’t actually know what the monument is supposed to depict. The Statue of Dirgantara (Father of the Heavens Monument) … Continue reading

Hangzhou China NAFLE Drama Competition


November 23 2011: While living in Hangzhou, China, I was invited to write and direct a play for the Year 7 “Ruling Class” students, at Greentown Yuhua Middle School. The play won the Zhejiang Province Division of the NAFLE Drama Festival, and the students were invited to participate in the National Finals of the competition, … Continue reading

Exploring the Ancient Sites and Streets of Wenshu Temple and Beyond


Published at eChinacities online magazine Many visitors come to Chengdu for the temples, the shopping, the restaurants and sightseeing. Wenshu Temple and surrounding area has all that and more. Lined with quaint buildings in the ancient Chinese architectural style, each part of this fascinating area has its own feel and its own culture, yet it … Continue reading

Vegetables with a Vengeance – Meat-free Dining in Chengdu


Published at eChinacites online magazine Like most other Western foods in Chengdu, or China for that matter, many vegetarian restaurants never seem to get it quite right. However, there are a few that are surprisingly good, even if their menus overly emphasise tofu-based dishes. That’s fine, if you really love your tofu. However, for those … Continue reading

Where to Get a Good Pizza in Chengdu


Published at eChinacities online magazine Pizzas are a staple for many Western travellers, and Chengdu has a lot of expats looking for pizzas. Pizza is a little taste of home, a link to sanity and the “real world.” So the question arises: where can one get a good pizza in Chengdu? For the traveller who … Continue reading

Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter – Gateway to Tibet


Published at eChinacities online magazine Many consider Chengdu to be the gateway to Tibet, so it is only reasonable that visitors to Chengdu would want to visit the Tibetan Quarter. Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter, or Little Lhasa, is located in the south-west of Chengdu, near the First Ring Road. It is in close proximity to two … Continue reading

Dubai Autodrome


The Dubai Autodrome is the region’s first fully integrated motorsports facility. The complex, a part of the Union Properties Motorcity development, not only includes an FIA sanctioned 5.39km circuit, which offers six different configurations, but also incorporates a Race & Driving school and a CIK approved Karting track. Officially inaugurated in October 2004 when it … Continue reading

Wollongong: Grand Pacific Drive


Similar to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, NSW now has a picturesque driving route of its own, called Grand Pacific Drive and it is something to be seen. Despite being a response to a falling rock problem in the northern part of the coastal city of Wollongong, the NSW government have turned a bridge into a … Continue reading

Bourke, NSW


Bourke is a town and Local Government Area in the north of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located approximately 800 kilometres north-west of Sydney, on the south bank of the Darling River. At the 2006 census, Bourke had a population of 2,145, of whom 815 or 33% identified as Indigenous Australians. The site … Continue reading

Jiading Confucius Temple in Shanghai


Jiading is an ancient town located in Jiading District, about 20 kilometres northwest of Shanghai. On the southside of Jiading, in South Street, is the famous Confucius Temple, known locally as Jiading Kongmiao. It is one of the biggest and best preserved temples in Eastern China. It also serves as the Jiading Museum, and provides … Continue reading

Dubai Beaches


Dubai has a number of excellent beaches and beach parks. Dubai’s main beaches run along Jumeirah Road. In truth, it is one long beach divided up by hotels and private clubs, interspaced by a few public access beaches. The Jumeirah beaches have soft white sand that slip into the shallow warm turquoise waters of the … Continue reading

Diamond Head Hawaii


Diamond Head is the most famous volcanic crater in the world. It is located on the South-east Coast of O’ahu, at the end of Waikiki, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was originally named Laeahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant “brow of the tuna” and looking at the silhouette of the crater from Waikiki, … Continue reading

Canberra Parliament House


The most striking and readily recognisable feature of Canberra is Parliament House. Parliament House replaced Old Parliament House, and was officially opened on 9th May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. Much of Parliament House is buried beneath Capital Hill. Though security has tightened since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US, Parliament House is still … Continue reading

Dynamic Tower Dubai


The Dynamic Tower in Dubai is the first Building in Motion to be constructed in the world, and it will herald a new era of architecture and become a symbol of Dubai, the city of the future. The developer is Rotating Tower Dubai Development Limited of Dynamic Group. Created by revolutionary architect Dr David Fisher, … Continue reading

Hatta Village (Heritage Village) Dubai


The Hatta Village, or Dubai Heritage Village, is constructed around an old settlement and is a recreation of a traditional style mountain village set in an oasis. The Dubai Heritage Village helps you discover the old world charm of barasti or palm leaves and mud houses. There’s a large central fort and tower which overlooks … Continue reading

Ten Cent Tape Fools Border Security


So much for biometrics and immigration security. A South Korean woman managed to fool a million-dollar fingerprint reading machine in Japanese border controls using a simple piece of tape stuck to her fingers. It happened at Tokyo airport. The woman has repeatedly entered Japan using the same trick without anybody noticing. Japanese officials say that … Continue reading

Old Bastakiya District Dubai


The old Bastakiya district, in Dubai, UAE, is a step back in time to the days before electricity and air-conditioning, where traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers. It gives a glimpse of the way Dubai used to be. Old Dubai was famous for its wind towers that lined the Creek on both sides, … Continue reading

Camel Racing In Dubai


The former president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, endorsed camel racing and provides financial support for citizens who are caretakers of camels. Camel races take place on an annual basis, mostly during the late October to early April racing season and periodically throughout the year. The races generally take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays … Continue reading

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