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If you like to see how Shimanami Kaido; a spectacular 60-kilometer road-and-bridge network look like without any unblocked view/bird view, it is really worth to come up to Kirosan/Mt Kiro Observatory Park. It is just half an hour drive from Imabari. At Kirosan Observatory Park, you get to see the spectacular world's longest suspension bridge Kurushima Bridge and also those little islands around Shikoku. Do remember to try the hand-made ice cream with pinch of algae salt.
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Scott Market in Yangon, Myanmar is easier to remembered for the foreigner as compared to the other new name called Bogyoke Aug San Market ( named after Aung San Suu Kyi's father ). This is a big bazaar situated in the heart of Yangon which offer Burmese handicraft and jewellery (Burmese Jade), art galleries, antique, umbrella, bags, shoes and many more. There are more than 2000 stores here.

Longyi/sarong and traditional Pathein Burmese Umbrella are the good to get them here. Stay away from gem stones if you know nothing about them even though there are many shops that sell jade, rubbies and other gemstones which come from the local mines, mostly from Mogok city in Mandalay region. For many centuries, Myanmar is one of the important gem centers in the world. You see plenty of gems stones here in Scott Market.

Scott Market is for both tourists and locals but when they know you are tourists, the price are different and few times higher. I noticed most product do not have a price tag and you need to ask the seller. Once you asked, they will know you are not a local. My advice is bargain first before you pay.
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Hsin Hpyu Daw Park is famous for it three white elephants, the park is a little outskirt of Yangon, Myanmar. It was my first time to see elephant in this color, more of white pink greyish. However, it was not a very happy feeling for me as the elephants were chained and not allowed to roam freely. They look sad to me and who doesn’t if freedom is being constraint. Not sure it is the right way for the Burmese people to worship the white elephants in this way?
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I have compiled a list of 37 blogs for a complete guide for China Silk Road (Gansu & Xinjiang). These blogs will tell you what to expect & tips in each cities along ancient Silk Road. There are also blogs on China High speed rail and Urumqi airport review and security condition in Xinjiang. Most importantly how not to get sick.

It took me more than 3 months to write , hope you enjoy reading them. Just click on the link of each underline blog if you wish to learn more about these cities, food & culture.
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If you are going to Xinjiang China, most likely you will experience Urumqi Airport. The airport condition is good. Don’t be too surprised that the security sceening is extremly strict since you are in Xinjiang. We have already get to use to the tight security after spending more than a week in Xinjiang. Take off your belts, socks & shoes when the security officers perform the checks. Expect “excited” rubbing on your chest, butt, stomach and hair from the security officers.

Nothing much to shop in the airport, best is get all your souvenirs outside. If possible bring your own snacks as food and coffee are all over-priced inside the airport. A normal coffee cost SGD $10.00 /(RMB50)(not Starbucks).
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Hok Tak Hotel Xinjiang is well located in the heart of downtown of Urumqi. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby. Very convenient. The People’s Park is located right opposite Hoi Tak Hotel Xinjiang. What make this park different is the whole park is fenced and and there is only one entrance where you still have to go through security checks and metal detector. Yes, this is Xinjiang. Every 500 m you see police officers. One of the safest place in China.
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Bago is about one and half hour drive from Yangon and there are two reclining Buddha in Bago city. One is indoor and one outdoor. The reclining Buddha in Myanmar look different from the one I saw in Dafo Temple Gansu China. Over here in Myanmar, the face features are sharper with bright lipstick and dark eyebrows color. Hence the reclining Buddha in Myanmar look younger and modern.

Wonder why this is a popular position for Buddha?
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Visit Taukkyan War Cemetery only if you are doing Bago one day tour as it is on the way and about 45 mins from Yangon. What surprised me most is I saw local Burmese use it as a place for leisure and picnics. I thought cemetery should be a quiet place for the dead?
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