6 Jul, 2013 in Shanghai
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Quite a few things to see when visiting the gorgeous watertown of Zhou Zhuang between Suzhou and Shanghai, but of all the local attractions the most impressive is perhaps the Quanfu Temple dedicated to Buddhism. It dates back to the Song dynasty (1086) and has recently gone through some impressive reconstruction.   …

10 Jun, 2013 in Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (53)

I visited the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens while in Gainesville for an academic conference with the University of Florida (SSSP 2012). A lovely Gainesville student couple were sweet to host me while in Gainesville and were the ones to suggest visiting the gardens. Gainesville definitely did a good job with these gardens, they are pleasant and […]

21 Apr, 2013 in Tallahassee
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One sunny day in Tallahassee I was heading out to spend another day staring at the computer and contemplating the inner-workings of the universe in some random coffee shop when my mind alerted a need for a break and I somehow found myself heading towards directions not yet explored. Down a few neighborhoods, up a […]

13 Sep, 2012 in Beijing
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Of all the wonderful things Beijing has to offer the ones that had the most lasting impression on me about the visit to Beijing were the parks, the gardens and the general use of public space. Beijing has a quite a few nice parks with various attractions to explore (see my previous posts about Chaoyang […]

18 Jan, 2012 in Xiamen
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It has been referred to as one of the most beautiful universities in China, and I finally had a chance to look into it first hand while I was visiting Xiamen in China’s Fujian province. I’ve been to a few Chinese campuses before, and in general I would (delicately) say that I wasn’t very impressed […]

30 Mar, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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Hidden in the back of the fast developing area of Kaohsiung’s Zuoying – where the Taiwan High Speed Rail reaches Kaohsiung and where the newly opened Kaohsiung underground MRT now runs – is a mysterious world of gorgeous temples and pagodas. Kaohsiung is preparing for the World Games 2009 and so the Lotus pond-lake is […]

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