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Carrie Kellenberger

Snapshots from an Expat in Asia

Visiting the Xi’an Bell Tower at Night
The Bell Tower of Xi’an is one of the city’s most famous attractions. Cities of Ancient China each had their own bell tower and drum tower, which were used to tell time. Bells were rung at dawn, while the sound of drums signaled dusk’s arrival. The tower is over 600 years old (Ming dynasty 1368-1644), and it is thought to be the largest and best preserved bell tower in China. Both towers are located in the center of Xi’an, and connect with roads coming from the north, south, east and west. You can visit the Bell Tower during the day, where you’ll get a beautiful panoramic view of Xi’an if it’s a clear day. Xi’an is known for its air pollution, which is why I recommend visiting it at night. You can’t go in the building past 9pm, but a night time visit makes for some truly spectacular images of Xi’an. Numerous art exhibits are also held inside throughout the year. The entrance to the… See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/visiting-the-xian-bell-tower-at-night
Visiting the Xi’an Bell Tower at Night


The Bell Tower of Xi’an is one of the city’s most famous attractions. Cities of Ancient China each had their own bell tower and drum tower, which were used to tell time. Bells were rung at dawn, while the sound of drums signaled dusk’s arrival. The tower is over 600 years old (Ming dynasty 1368-1644), and it is thought to be the largest and best preserved bell tower in China. Both towers are located in the center of Xi’an, and connect with roads coming from the north, south, east and west. You can visit the Bell Tower during the day, where you’ll get a beautiful panoramic view of Xi’an if it’s a clear day. Xi’an is known for its air pollution, which is why I recommend visiting it at night. You can’t go in the building past 9pm, but a night time visit makes for some truly spectacular images of Xi’an. Numerous art exhibits are also held inside throughout the year. The entrance to the…

See more at http://www.afar.com/highlights/visiting-the-xian-bell-tower-at-night

13 of the World’s Spookiest Travel Destinations

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"Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail."
- Jackson Brown Jr. (via at-kkoolook)
The child. Who wouldn’t love a face like this? Seriously! 

The child. Who wouldn’t love a face like this? Seriously! 

Tagged with:  #Caleb  #boys  #summer
silvertoesillumination:

“For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us edgy, unfulfilled. Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood.”
* Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

silvertoesillumination:

“For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us edgy, unfulfilled. Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood.”

* Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

(Source: anewillumination, via )

Tagged with:  #travel carlsagan quotes
Lotus Pond, Kaoshiung, Southern Taiwan

Lotus Pond, Kaoshiung, Southern Taiwan

Tai Chi Grandma, Southern Taiwan

Tai Chi Grandma, Southern Taiwan

Tagged with:  #grandmothers  #tai chi  #Taiwan  #women  #exercise
Yours truly at Maobitou Scenic Area in Kenting National Park

Yours truly at Maobitou Scenic Area in Kenting National Park

Dome of Light, Kaoshiung, Taiwan

Dome of Light, Kaoshiung, Taiwan

Fresh chicken for sale at a day market in Hualien City, Taiwan.

Fresh chicken for sale at a day market in Hualien City, Taiwan.

Shanghai’s ultra rich and trendy Pudong District. Please visit my website for a complete look at my photo essay on Shanghai’s Pudong District.

Shanghai’s ultra rich and trendy Pudong District. Please visit my website for a complete look at my photo essay on Shanghai’s Pudong District.

Calla Lily Festival Taiwan 2008 - Calla Lily Farm at Bamboo Lake, Yangmingshan

Calla Lily Festival Taiwan 2008 - Calla Lily Farm at Bamboo Lake, Yangmingshan

A love story in Kowloon.

A love story in Kowloon.

Yellow Daisies

Yellow Daisies