Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (Saint Louis Cathedral) was completed on 1914. The cathedral was named for St Louis. It was designated as a Cathedral Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1997, and Pope John II made the historic visit in 1999. The church is known for its mosaics, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the addition of an outdoor … Continue reading Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Katy Trail – The Longest Rails-to-Trails in USA

Katy trail was a former Missouri – Kansas – Texas railroad, 240 miles (390 km), between Machens and Clinton at Missouri. It offers opportunities for cycling, walking and running. Passing through some of Missouri’s most scenic areas, Katy trail is a place to enjoy the beautiful nature with Missouri River. In 2008, Katy Trail was added to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, and is … Continue reading Katy Trail – The Longest Rails-to-Trails in USA

Gulangyu (Kulangsu) – Island of Piano

(Kulangsu) is a district of Xiamen, between southeast coast of China and strait of Taiwan.  The island is an UNESCO world Culture Heritage Site with about 2 km square in size and 20,000 residents.  Gulangyu is one of the popular tourist destinations in China.  Visitors can reach it by a few minutes by ferry from Xiamen.  The island of Gulangyu is pedestrians-only island, no cars … Continue reading Gulangyu (Kulangsu) – Island of Piano

Kyoto Travel

The beautiful ancient city Kyoto, former imperial capital of Japan founded in 794, has over 1600 temples, more than 400 shrines, and 17 UNESCO world heritage sites.  During our short visit, we only can visit several places, and cannot wait to go to another visit. Nijo-jo Castle Nijo-jo castle is one of my favorite places in Kyoto.  Unlike other overcrowded historical site, it is a large … Continue reading Kyoto Travel

Public Transportation in Japan

Although Japan has efficient public transportation system, foreign travelers still can be confused when facing a new system.   JR (The Japan Rail Pass) Pass The JR tickets are only eligible to foreign travelers.  The JR pass gives you unlimited access to all JR national trains and local JR bus services. The JR pass is valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days.  Is it … Continue reading Public Transportation in Japan