Pudong, China

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Pudong means, and is located at the “East of Huangpu River”. This area is China’s financial center, where the tall buildings reside including the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and the second tallest building, Shanghai Tower.

Pudong, Shanghai, China

Meiji Shrine, Japan


These small wooden tablets are called Ema in Japanese. People write their wishes on these cards with the belief that the gods will receive them. These are sold around the shrine for various wishes including success, good health, and happiness.

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

East Asia 2016, Part 1: Taiwan

It has been a month already since I had my long trip. I can still remember it. Those days were part of my happiest moments of this year. Now I will start my entire story into three parts, each country represents a part. So earlier this year, I planned to travel across East Asia, thru Taiwan, Japan, and China. (Click the link). Thankfully, it was a successful trip. So here the adventure goes…

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Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory, China


There are a lot of vantage points in Shanghai, and one of the best views can be seen through the 100th floor observation deck in Shanghai World Financial Center. It faces Jinmao Tower, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and Huangpu River on the foreside, while the residential districts can be seen on the other side. Ticket can be purchased for 180 CNY.

Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory, Shanghai, China

The Bund, China


A trip to Shanghai will not be complete without visiting The Bund, a famous waterfront lined with old buildings that possess various architectural styles such as Baroque, Romanesque, and Gothic. It is a real-life museum of structures of international architecture that runs along the western bank of Huangpu River.

The Bund, Shanghai, China

Yoyogi Park, Japan

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Located near Harajuku and Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo, and can be frequented with people for group activities and small events. It features an athletic field, gardens, cycling course, bird sanctuary, and small facilities such as toilets and a small shop near the entrance.

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan