China's Three Gorges High Dam on the Yangtze River is the largest hydroelectric generating facility in the world. Visiting it was one of the highlights of our Yangtze River Cruise aboard the Victoria Empress. As we headed downstream we reached the High Dam on the evening of October 23th 2011 and passed through the lock around midnight. Next morning we were on one of the first buses to the High Dam Visitor’s Site. Despite the inclement weather, the views were great. Plus we had a guide who spoke reasonably good English. Late morning we returned by bus to the Victoria Empress. There we had lunch and continued downstream toward the nearby port of Yichang. Along the way we got a last glimpse of one of the downsides of the dam. Many square miles had to be flooded. As previously noted (see Part 9 Cruising the Yangtze Gorges) an estimated 1-2 million people lost their homes. The government built multistory houses units to accommodate displaced persons. However, many remain empty because some people have chosen to crowd in the grown children or other family members. In Yichang disembarked after fond goodbyes to the Victoria Empress and it’s gracious staff. After a few hours in Yichang we headed to the airport where that evening we boarded a flight to Beijing. A D Guida Video Productions (our Travel Diva Hessie + a d (tony to you) himself) visited China and Tibet in October 2011. This video was recorded in 1080 HD, 16:9 aspect on October 17, 2011: Rights are reserved. Non-commercial downloads ok. Anything else might be fine with attribution, but we would appreciate being contacted @ firstname.lastname@example.org . This video is Part 10 of our “China–And How!” adventure. To see more of our China or other videos, check our daily motion channel or our new website below. tony’s new creative web site is: http://www.GuidaProductions.com. It has lots of words in addition to videos. If you are so inclined, he’d be happy if you gave a look.
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A few days ago, I was in the village of Ōyagyūchō and visited the Yagyuuyamaguchi Shrine on a hilly forested slope. Yagyu Village (柳生の里) is located east side of Nara Prefecture. It is the home land of Yagyu clan and Yagyu Shinkage Ryu. There are many buildings and spots which are related with Yagyu clan, including their graves, the school, and ruins of houses. The area was the former territory of the Yagyu clan, who became famous as the sword instructors to the Tokugawa Shogun with their famous school of Yagyū Shinkage ryū.
This the Tamon Shrine (多聞神社) in Ōyagyūchō, Nara-ken. It’s on the opposite site of the Yagyuuyamaguchi Shrine and sits on a hill surrounded by farmers. It’s quite old I believe and its history dates back to the 16th century! Yagyu Village (柳生の里) is located east side of Nara Prefecture. It is the home land of Yagyu clan and Yagyu Shinkage Ryu. There are many buildings and spots which are related with Yagyu clan, including their graves, the school, and ruins of houses. The area was the former territory of the Yagyu clan, who became famous as the sword instructors to the Tokugawa Shogun with their famous school of Yagyū Shinkage ryū.
Last year, during the autumn season, I visited the Murō-ji temple (室生寺) in Rural Uda, Nara-ken. At the entrance gate a Buddhist monk was playing the shakuhachi! The sound of the music and the colours of the leaves, together with the autumn atmosphere was a beautiful experience. The shakuhachi (尺八) is a Japanese end-blown flute. It was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 6th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period. The shakuhachi is traditionally made of bamboo. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅, blowing meditation).
The Chinese are beginning to discover Switzerland as a ski destination. A group of 40 Chinese skiers is on holiday in the western Swiss village of Villars. It’s the first time that a Chinese group has booked a whole week in the resort in winter. China is said to have several million skiers among its population of 1.3 billion. The Chinese ski association says the country has about 186 possible destinations, but there is very little in the way of a dedicated skiing community in China. So people with a bit of cash to spare are looking further afield for skiing adventures. (SRF/swissinfo.ch)
The Puy de Dôme : a dormant volcano in the center of France. From this highest point of the region you can enjoy a panoramic view for several miles around. The bravest visitors can even go paragliding over the summit ! Anyway, to make the most of that place, you're going to need an efficient means of transport to spare you a tiresome ascent. The good news is the train is back to take you up to the summit. After several decades in retirement, the rack railway has finally taken its revenge on the road.
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The festival first starts with an introduction, including a story about Setsubun, then a play takes place. Two male priests and a procession of miko - temple girls - parade around the stage, singing a traditional Japanese song. The priest and maiko chant, and there enters into the stage an oni, dressed in colorful clothes. Next, another man enters; a laughing man who represents fuku, or good luck. At the end, the priests chase the oni around the stage, throwing beans and chanting the phrase, 'Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi'. This means, 'Demons out, luck in,'. This ends the first act.