of the Modern World - a reminder that the civilizations of China and the times of Lao Tzu and Confucius reached great heights of wisdom and illumination well before there was a stirring of culture in the west.
Visited and loved: Taipei, Taiwan. Taipei 101 and the city viewed from the top of Elephant Mountain - an easy hike in the city. Had to research the place after it was featured on a TV drama I watched. Proud to say I've hiked up there
There's more to Finnish Lapland than Santa encounters, as Lonely Planet author Kerry Christiani found when she headed north of the Arctic Circle, discovering a Christmas card scene of frozen lakes and boreal forest, reindeer-driven sleighs and snow
the Old Town of Lijiang, designated a World Heritage Site in 1997 * 1500 free paper dolls and toys Christmas at Arielle Gabriels The International Paper Doll Society also free Chinese paper dolls The China Adventures of Arielle Gabriel *