High spirits in Bali

At the edge of a vivid green rice paddy, a farmer offers a share of his breakfast to unseen spirits. He arranges slices of banana and a handful of rice on a tray woven from palm fronds, burning a stick of incense to mingle his prayers for a rich harvest with the fragrant smoke that now drifts across the slopes. Rays of sunlight emerge between trees heavy with coffee beans and golden coconuts, carving through a cloud of mist that rests like a soft pillow on the valley below.

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Beijing Travel Guide - Practical Chinese For Tourism

As a native Beijinger, I lead a two day quick tour in Beijing city area for my US good friends early this April. It is my first time being a local tour guide to foreigners so everything was new and fresh to me. I found the experience was very valuable and interesting, so I wrote it down and am sharing it with any foreign travelers who are planning a trip to Beijing, especially those who are planning a short trip either for sightseeing or for the coming 2008 Olympics. I hope it will be a helpful guide and that you find the information useful.

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How to buy jade in Asia

Valued throughout Asia for its beauty and elegance, jade is an especially desired keepsake for visitors to Taipei, which has hundreds of stores specializing in jade as well as the colossal weekend Jade Market.

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Travel etiquette 101: body language

You step over someone's legs in Nepal and don't even realize you've committed a grave social taboo! Although most locals will excuse breaches in etiquette, wouldn't you rather be informed? Read below for a list of etiquette tips, taken from our various guidebooks, to help you navigate different parts of the world.

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Jomsom muktinath trekking

Highlight of this Trek: Poon Hill Sun rise, Tatopani-Hot Spring, Ghasa Village ( Bird watching), Marpha Apple farm & Monastery, Kagbeni, Muktinath.

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Top 10 Cities for Shopaholics

If your heart starts palpitating at the mere sight of a ?sale' sign, or if you`ve been known to elbow other shoppers out of the way for getting between you and those must-have boots, this list is for you. We've rounded up the world`s 10 best cities for shopaholics for those of you who plan your vacations with retail therapy built in s whether you're in the market for high fashion, fancy baubles, or even an unusual pet, we've got a destination for you. So pay off some credit card debt and hit the road s but don't blame us when the bills come in.

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