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Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing


Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing

stall selling buns with straws

stall selling buns with straws

Besides Xiao Long Pao, pan fried Dumplings; I spotted a Pao (Bun) with a straw being sold only in Shanghai.

The buns are sold behind this Temple Shopping Mall.

The buns are sold behind this Temple Shopping Mall.

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Stage performance in Hangzhou City.

Nanjing Bridge across Yangtze River. Top portion is for vehicular traffic while below is for trains.

Nanjing Bridge across Yangtze River. Top portion is for vehicular traffic while below is for trains.

Warriors preparing for battle at Three Kingdom Theme Park.

Warriors preparing for battle at Three Kingdom Theme Park.

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landscape at street junction

landscape at street junction

Fighting on horse back

Fighting on horse back

landscape

landscape

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Bali – Indonesia


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Pious Hindu Balinese praying

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Baby Elephant gracing a restaurant front

Suckling Pig from Ibu Oka - Ubud

Suckling Pig from Ibu Oka – Ubud

Surfing @ Seminyak beach where many surfing schools are located.

Surfing @ Seminyak beach where many surfing schools are located.

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Crispy Duck (Bebek Garing)
a Balinese speciality

Think of Bali and probably you imagine all of the above? Well Bali has more to offer.

Royal Cremation Ceremony on 14 May 2013 in Ubud

A tall bade (tower) is used to transport the body from Ubud Palace to the cremation grounds

A tall bade (tower) is used to transport the body from Ubud Palace to the cremation grounds

Lembu will hold the body as it is being cremated.

Lembu will hold the body as it is being cremated.

This royal cremation is for Tjokorda Ngurah Wim Sukawati who died at 90. Prior to the cremation, holy water is obtained from a holy spring at Campuhan. At the Mesiram (bathing ceremony) the body is washed with holy water perfumed with fragrant flowers. Offerings are then made and it is dressed in fine clothes. After blessing by a High Priest, it is transported from the family temple to the Palace inner courtyard with it is guarded by naga banda (dragon).

Since I left on the same day of the ceremony I missed the procession to the cremation grounds.

Shopping and food in Ubud

Shops in Ubud Market

Shops in Ubud Market, more shops stretch from the market to Monkey Forest

Balinese Satay (chicken on a skewer) with peanut sauce

Balinese Satay (chicken on a skewer) with peanut sauce

Crispy Duck - a Balinese speciality

Crispy Duck – a Balinese speciality at Ibu Uma

Largest Crispy Duck Restaurant in Ubud

Largest Crispy Duck Restaurant in Ubud

Jalan Legian stretches fron Legian to Kuta with shops on both sides.

Surfing at Seminyak where most surfing schools are located.

Surfing at Seminyak where most surfing schools are located.

Memorial for those who died during the Bali bombing - located near the site in Kuta

Memorial for those who died during the Bali bombing – located near the site in Kuta

 
Made’s Warong where Balinese food is adapted to foreign taste

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Flight of Fancy display at Garden by the Bay


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