Thailand is a country that can enhance a traveler's worldview in major ways. At Bangkok and the earlier capitals, Ayuthaya and Sukhothai, the Thais contributed enormously to architecture, art, Buddhistic religious thought, and the political development of Southeast Asia.
Easter Island, off the coast of Chile, presents haunting sculptures, called moai, that celebrated ancestors and became a symbol of local pride. The island, called Rapa Nui, saw a collapse of its human culture because the building of these sculptures eventually degraded the environment.
Lee Foster’s main California travel guidebook, Northern California Travel: The Best Options, has been released in China in Chinese.
China exploration may include Beijing, the modern capital; Xian, the ancient capital; and Shanghai, the dynamic port city. Beijing fascinates because of its Forbidden City, just as Xian intrigues with its 2,000 buried terracotta warriors. Shanghai shows the modern exuberance of China, with its robust and prosperous economy.
My Chinese publisher has just come out with the ebook translation of my travel/literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time. This is my second book in Chinese.
The universal desire of human beings to be part of a cohesive community struck me in Bali. Possibly the villager dancers I met achieved this community feeling in some meaningful way.
Though the island of Bali ranks unquestionably as the first place of interest to a traveler considering Indonesia, there are many appealing further areas to explore, starting with the great central-Java culture around Yogyakarta and Borobudur and the Muslim island of Lombok, adjacent to Bali.