Oh, how nice it would be to quit your job and travel the world! To pick one place after another off your bucket list, one city at a time, one country at a time, one village at a time. Sadly, this isn’t how life happens … for most of us.
The average person may make a stop on their bucket list of travel every few years or once a decade. But with all the places there are to see on the planet, it can truly be a bucket list approach, a worthy endeavor, to see all you can possibly see.
With so many countless incredible places to see, when choosing a destination from the bucket list, you should study them. Learn their beliefs and habits, their religion and their ways of doing things. This can help you determine which experiences you want to have completed first.
Spread out among 50 countries, over half of the world’s population is found in Asia. This is a continent of variety with gourmands, history, nightlife, and plenty of outdoor activities. Some of the world’s most beautiful cities are found on this continent. It is on this continent that you’ll find the highest level of Buddhism. For over 2,000 years, the Chinese people have believed and practiced this religion in three sections:
• Southern Buddhism
Buddhism is more than a religion. It is a culture that influences three main aspects for its followers:
Buddhism has been the basis of famous ideas and poems have ideas. The many Buddhist stone statues are a symbol of the huge influence it has still today on many.
China – Not Your Grandmother’s China Either!
Since ancient times, China has been a country of many religions. It is here where the indigenous religion of Confucianism began and is still today the soul of Chinese culture. Each of the cities within this country has its own way of following and practicing the different religions. The many other religions found here have as many different dynasties, fitting for the diverse people that live here today.
The Capitol of China fuses the old and new seamlessly. Here is where the Forbidden City is found, an ancient palace that represents the imperial architecture that China is known for. The emperors once called this home. Today, you’ll find restaurants, shops, and teahouses along the narrow alleyways, known as hutongs that form private courtyard residences.
Hong Kong is often described as “restless” because of the fast-paced energy that engulfs this city. For the night owl, this is city definitely should be on the travel bucket list. Many start their night by arriving at Peak Tram. They position themselves on top of Victoria Peak, just before sundown and observe the city light up. The skyscrapers will feel as if they are falling as you ride up to the peak, a visual illusion. The “A Symphony of Lights” starts at 8:00 p.m. each evening and is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show.
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It is here where Bollywood is found, the city’s enormous film industry. You’ll also find the biggest tropical forest, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and many different architectural styles. One of the best ways to tour Mumbai is by visiting the many bazaars here. You’ll find a mix of colors this to the world’s palette and find many bargains of silks, souvenirs, and spices among places like Chor Bazaar, Crawford Market, Mutton Street.
It will be almost impossible to escape the honking horns and other sounds of this city. But take the time to find the coastline and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves and the sight of the sunset on the Arabian Sea’s Juhu Beach. A little bit of time here will give you the peacefulness you seek to relax and understand the many meanings of Buddha and other Asian religions.
Bangkok and it’s 24/7/365 availability of food makes it one of the world’s most visited cities. Here you will feast then sleep and feast again. The Chao Phraya River flows through the city that feeds many other canals and it is there you will find floating markets such as Klong Lat Mayom. Take a guided boat tour and visit popular markets where you can find coconut juice and other tropical fruits.
In addition to the Buddhist temple, you’ll find ornate architecture among the modern skyscrapers. It is said this city is sinking approximately three inches annually, so you may want to make this the first place on your bucket list before it disappears!
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