West Lake, China – Apple Store Opening

Opening day celebration at Apple’s beautiful new store in West Lake, Hangzhou, China. Apple is no longer just about products these days, it’s a way of living.

Top 10 Chinese Tourist Cities

China Radio International, with support from the National Tourism Administration, has organised an online poll to pick the Top 10 Chinese Tourist Cities. More than five million votes were cast, and the winning cities were announced in early December. Below are some intros of the 10 destinations in none particular order…

Luoyang, Henan Province

Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, China
Massive Boddhisatvas in the Longmen Grottoes. Image by Ishai Bar

Luoyang lies in the west of Henan, crossing two banks of the middle reach of Yellow River and is one of China’s Four Great Ancient Capitals. Its famous heritage sites include the Longmen Grottoes and the White Horse Temple. The city is also famous as a cultivation centre for peony, one of China’s famous emblems.

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UFO sightings in Hangzhou, China

China UFO sightingAn unidentified flying object (UFO) was spotted last week near Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China.

I thought it was a prank at first, but it’s later confirmed by the airport reps that 18 flights were interrupted due to the sighting on July 7. An official investigation has been launched, but with no conclusion yet.

There are many speculations about the UFO, but the foreign media seem to favour the idea that it’s a secret military experiment by the Chinese… a hypothesis which the Chinese government hasn’t publicly denied (or admitted whatsoever).

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Killer tidal bore in China

Tidal bore at Qiantang River, ChinaAt least eight people were killed after a rising tide swept away more than 30 people in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province on August 2.

Thousands of people travelled to Hangzhou each year around August to witness a nature phenomenon, the tidal bore of Qiantang River.

A tidal bore is a tidal wave that travels up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the current. Qiantang’s tidal bore is the world’s largest and could reach up to 9 metres.

Most of the victims were non-locals, as the residents are aware of the danger. The local government has hired personnels to patrol along the river and warn people of the danger of incoming tides, but the advice was heeded unfortunately.

The worst recorded tidal accident at Qiantang was in October 3, 1993, as the tidewater swept away 86 people from the levee, leaving 19 dead and 40 missing.