Sunday, March 12, 2017

CHANGSHA CITY OF MAO TZE TUNG




ZHANGJIAJIE SCENIC TOWN




KUNMING CITY OF ETERNAL SPRING



DALI ANCIENT TOWM

Dali is a city in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, on the shores of Erhai Lake. Its history stretches back to the kingdom of Nanzhao (8th century). The walled old city, from the Ming dynasty, contains traditional homes and towers from the Bai ethnic minority. Beyond the old city rise the Three Pagodas of Chong Sheng Temple, dating to the 9th century.
























OLD TOWN OF LIJIANG


The Old Town of Lijiang is located on the Lijiang plain at an elevation of 2,400 meters in southwest Yunnan, China, where a series of strategic passes give access through the surrounding mountains. The Yulong Snow Mount to the north-west is the source of the rivers and springs which water the plain and supply the Heilong Pool (Black Dragon Pond), from where waterways feed into a network of canals and channels to supply the town. The Old Town of Lijiang comprises three component parts: Dayan Old Town (including the Black Dragon Pond), Baisha and Shuhe housing clusters. Dayan Old Town was established in the Ming dynasty as a commercial centre and includes the Lijiang Junmin Prefectural Government Office; the Yizi pavilion and Guabi Tower remaining from the former Mujia compound and the Yuquan architectural structures in the Heilongtan Park. Numerous two-storeyed, tile-roofed, timber-framed houses combining elements of Han and Zang architecture and decoration in the arched gateways, screen walls, courtyards and carved roof beams are representative of the Naxi culture and are disposed in rows following the contours of the mountainside. Wooden elements are elaborately carved with domestic and cultural elements - pottery, musical instruments, flowers and birds.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

YAZD


Mereput 7J dalam keretapi daripada Tehran ke Yazd. Untung baik koc tempat tidur dengan minuman ringan serta kek yang disajikan. (www.iranrail.net). Bersama kami seorang jurutera warga Iran dengan anak gadisnya. Gadis cilik hidung mancung dan pipi  bak  pauh dilayang. Sedikit

sebanyak boleh berbahasa Inggeris jika dibandingkan dengan bapanya yang hanya menanti dialih bahasa oleh anaknya untuk bertanyakan sesuatu daripada kami. Keretapi bertolak jam 16.15pm dan ZBA tiba di Yazd 11.00pm. Cuaca diluar amat sejuk ketika kami sampai. Stesyen telah agak lengang dengan penumpang kerana keretapi yang kami naiki mungkin yang terahir untuk malam ini menuju ke selatan.

Iran Train Station Tehran
Iran Train Coach
Belukang masih berkeliaran mencari mangsa.  ZBA hanya buat endah tidak endah dengan mereka kerana kami dijanjikan dengan kenderaan oleh pihak hotel.  30 minit menunggu. Malam beransur larut dan stesyen telah lengang dan sungi. Tiada arah menunjukan lokasi hotel dalam keadaan malam pekat. 
Pemandangan daripada Keretapi Tehran - Yazd
Lama kelamaan, cuaca bertambah sejuk dan ZBA tiada pilihan terpaksa menagih simpati belukang (Teksi).  Sessi tawar menawar bermula. Akhirnya ZBA dijanjikan dengan USD3 untuk perjalanan sehala ke hotel yang didalam peta menunjukan sekitar 8km berdekatan dengan "Yazd Old Town".  Memang agak jauh dan perjalanan mengambil masa hampir 20 minit ke hotel penginapan. Rupa rupanya ini adalah harga purata tambang bagi sesiapa yang mengunjungi Yazd.  
Hotel Open Air Lobby
ZBA check-in dihotel. Terperanjat melihat bangunan dipersekitaran. Lorong-lorong sempit yang bersimpang sior. Alang-alang mencari, walau pun siang hari belum tentu bertemu. Ditambah lagi dengan kekurangan papan tanda dan tulisan Parsi yang digunakan.
Kami beruntung juga mendapat belukang (Pemandu teksi) yang sanggup membawa masuk sehingga ke hotel walau pun teksi ditinggalkan jauh diluar dek kesempitan lorong yang tidak membenarkan sebarang kenderaan masuk kecuali untuk motosikal dan pejalan kaki. Suasana persekitaran yang agak seram dan menakutkan. Sekiranya terjadi sesuatu yang tidak diingini atau ditarik masuk kedalam rumah-rumah batu tanah liat, tiada siapa yang tahu. Tapi itu adalah kehidupan bagi masyarakat Iran.
Hotel kami terletak 50M daripada jalan besar. Sebuah bangunan lama seusia old town. Tiada lobby malah masuk melalui sebuah lorong sempit dengan menuruni tangga. Terkial kial dengan backpack yang digalas dan dikendong. Alangkah terkejut ZBA. Sungguhpun diluar keadaan hotel seakan kampung lama tetapi didalamnya terdapat sebuah taman dengan air pancut yang cantik beserta sebuah ruang tempat berehat bagi sebuah hotel 3* dengan 60 bilik.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ISFAHAN

This is Iran’s number-one tourist destination for good reason. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city, and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the Unesco-listed central square are sure to be highlights of your holiday.
Such is Esfahan’s grandeur that it is easy to agree with the famous 16th-century half-rhyme ‘Esfahan nesf-e jahan’ (Esfahan is half the world). Robert Byron, author of the 1937 travelogue The Road to Oxiana, was slightly more geographically specific when he ranked ‘Isfahan among those rarer places, like Athens or Rome, which are the common refreshment of humanity’.
There are, however, some less-than-refreshing elements to Esfahan. This is the country’s third-largest city, and the outskirts are home to plenty of heavy industry, including steel factories and a much-discussed nuclear facility. Traffic jams are also a regular occurrence.