Tag Archives: Asia

15.3 million footsteps from Istanbul to Xian!

Over the course of four years (1999-2002), author and retired journalist Bernard Ollivier trekked the ancient Silk Road on foot from Istanbul, Turkey to Xian, China. He accomplished this monumental 7,500 mile (12,000 km) feat by overcoming aches, pains, illnesses, … Continue reading

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Largest “pur” suffix cities of India and beyond

Continuing with our tabulation of city suffixes, the following list identifies the world’s largest cities containing the suffix of “pur” along with two variations, “pura” and “pore.” Pur and pura are suffixes meaning “city” or “settlement”, used in several place … Continue reading

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Is there a student housing bubble and is it about to burst?

For many collegiate cities and towns across the United States, the steady influx of international students (and often with their families), from primarily China/Asia, have lifted the local real estate markets out of the post-2008 doldrums. The concern now becomes … Continue reading

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Amazing offshore commercial airports

Above and below are a series of images of artificial island airports constructed offshore around the globe. Now and then, such proposals have been made for Chicago, Cleveland, and elsewhere, but to date all of those built have been in Asia (in China, … Continue reading

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Linking two continents – monumental bridges of Turkey

Turkey already has some amazing bridges, but now they plan to construct the world’s longest bridge span over the Dardanelles Straits linking Europe with Asia.  Designed to shorten the travel time between the major southern city of Izmir and Eastern … Continue reading

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Tripping along the Hippie Trail

Yes folks, there is such a thing as the Hippie Trail. It is/was the overland route between Europe and South Asia in the 1960s and 1970s that lead those seeking spiritual and recreational enlightenment to places like Nepal and India. Travel … Continue reading

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India’s largest airport terminals (by floor area) – UPDATED

Below is a list of the largest airport terminal buildings in India based on the most recent data available with a minimum of 10,000 square meters to qualify. The data shown DOES NOT account for future expansion plans. To convert … Continue reading

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Exquisite equatorial river deltas from space

Here are satellite images (and one map) of exquisite and beautiful river deltas from Earth’s equatorial region lying between the Trip of Cancer and the Tropic Capricorn. Included are the Ganges (Bangladesh/India), Indus (Pakistan), Irrawaddy (Myanmar), Mekong (Vietnam), Niger (Nigeria), … Continue reading

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Earth acne amid equatorial glaciers

Below is a satellite image of the Grasberg Mine amid the snowy high peaks of far eastern Indonesia. To the right of the mine itself are several glaciers. Hopefully neither the existing mine and/or any future extension(s) will harm the … Continue reading

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Eight awesome bridges of Vietnam

Above and below are impressive bridge photographs of seven of the ten most popular bridges of Vietnam, plus one other beautiful one that I found on Trip Advisor.com. While all of them are intriguing in their own special way, it … Continue reading

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