Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan _ 0599

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This park, which has one of the longest underground rivers in the world at 8.2 kilometers, is described by the UNESCO World Heritage website as encompassing “one of the world’s most impressive cave systems, featuring spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife.”
The water is also crystal-clear, and the cave formations are majestic. For travel blogger Jherson Jaya, the river tour was quiet and sacred.
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From Philippines
Travel from Aug 27 to Sept 7
Thanks Jomanne Zeus Sigua about great gift !

DRAGON DANCE AND LION DANCE _ 0598

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Dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. The dance is performed by a team of dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon. The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner.
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From Taiwan
Travel from Aug 29 to Sept 6
Thanks Patty Chen !

TAIWAN SHI GENERAL TROUPES SYMBOLISM FACIAL MASK _ 0597

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After the retreat of the Republic of China to Taiwan in 1949, Peking opera there took on a special status of “political symbolism”, in which the Kuomintang government encouraged the art form over other forms of performance in an attempt to claim a position as the sole representative of Chinese culture. This often occurred at the expense of traditional Taiwanese opera. Due to its status as a prestigious art form with a long history, Peking opera has indeed been studied more and received more monetary support than other forms of theater in Taiwan. However, there has also been a competing movement towards advocating native opera to differentiate Taiwan from the mainland. In September 1990, when the Kuomintang government participated in a state-sponsored mainland cultural event for the first time, a Taiwanese opera group was sent, possibly to emphasize “Taiwaneseness”.
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From Taiwan
Travel from Aug 29 to Sept 6
Thanks Patty Chen !

SAIKAI NATIONAL PARK _ 0596

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Saikai National Park  is a marine national park located in Nagasaki prefecture of northwest Kyūshū, Japan. It consists of the coastal regions of Matsuura Peninsula, extending northward from the port city of Sasebo and encompasses the Kujūku Islands, with over 200 islands to the west, Hirado Peninsula further west, and the coastlines of the Gotō Islands to the far west.
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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
Thanks Noriko !

NORDHEIM VOR DER RHON _ 0594

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Nordheim vor der Rhön is a municipality in the district of Rhön-Grabfeld in Bavaria in Germany. It is located in the upper Streu valley, between Ostheim and Fladungen.
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From Germany
Travel from July 11 to July 25
Thanks Diana !

BULA FROM FIJI _ 0593

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Pottery art from Fijian towns shows that Fiji was settled before or around 3500 to 1000 BC, although the question of Pacific migration still lingers. It is believed that the Lapita people or the ancestors of the Polynesians settled the islands first but not much is known of what became of them after the Melanesians arrived; they may have had some influence on the new culture, and archaeological evidence shows that they would have then moved on to Samoa, Tonga and even Hawai’i.
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Thanks Lily Mila !