MADAGASCAR 2 _ 0601

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From Madagascar
Travel from June 27 to Sept 27
Thanks Carlos !

The combination of southeastern trade winds and northwestern monsoons produces a hot rainy season (November–April) with frequently destructive cyclones, and a relatively cooler dry season (May–October). Rain clouds originating over the Indian Ocean discharge much of their moisture over the island’s eastern coast; the heavy precipitation supports the area’s rain forest ecosystem. The central highlands are both drier and cooler while the west is drier still, and a semi-arid climate prevails in the southwest and southern interior of the island.[15] Tropical cyclones annually cause damage to infrastructure and local economies as well as loss of life.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

LAGO DI COMO _ 0600

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Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi), making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres (1,300 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (660 ft) below sea-level.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Milan, Italy
Travel from Sept 12 to Sept 25
Thanks Jc !

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.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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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”.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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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.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
Thanks Noriko !

PARADISE POINT ST.THOMAS U.S.VIRGIN (2) _ 0595

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This popular St. Thomas tourist attraction features a cable-car ride to 800-foot Paradise Point, with excellent views of the Charlotte Amalie downtown, harbor, and beyond.
From http://gocaribbean.about.com/

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From U.S Virgin Islands
Travel from Aug 4 to Aug 18
Thank you so much Kimmora !