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9 Dreamy Places in Asia That You Should Visit Now

Posted on September 1, 2016 in Go Asia by

Travelers are no stranger to breathtaking sights. But there are some places that look like they appear straight from storybooks. Here are some destinations that are stunningly beautiful that they make you feel like you stepped into another world.

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

When to go: June to October if you want to avoid the crowd, but be prepared to deal with the heat or sudden rain. If you are visiting during peak season, consider an early start anytime between 5am or 6am. Or you can go late in the afternoon after the rush.

2. Aogashima, Japan

Aogashima

When to go: Year-round as long as the weather is good. You can plan an overnight stay to enjoy the night sky on the island.

3. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan

When to go: October to March or anytime during the drier months.

4. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

When to go: October to March is drier but cool. April to September often sees some occasional showers.

5. Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Hang Son Doong Cave

When to go: Few people have been inside this spectacular cave which has been only explored between 2009 and 2010. Plan your trip with a reputable adventure tour operator.

6. Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan

Shifen Waterfall

When to go: Late spring which usually fall in April. You can expect the weather to be drier and a bit cooler than the summer months.

7. The Door To Hell, Turkmenistan

The Door To Hell

When to go: April to June or September to November when the weather is more pleasant and comfortable.

8. Tianzi Mountains, China

Tianzi Mountains

When to go: September and October since these are the months when you can enjoy fairly good weather suitable for walks or treks through tour areas.

9. Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan

Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan

When to go: Late April when the weather can be cooler. May is also a good time to visit if you do not mind the warmer weather.

A Closer Look On China’s Sawmill Industry

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized by

sawmill industry

China has always been progressive in terms of business and other related industries. Thus, it’s not surprising for the Southeast Asian country to also have a progressive sawmill industry – despite having America and Europe as tight competitors when it comes to timber and wood harvesting, processing, and exporting all over the world.

Let’s take a closer look on China’s sawmill industry:

  • It’s all thanks to the real estate industry. China’s sawmill industry was first observed to grow rapidly back in 2011, along with the significant development of the real estate industry – in which the demand for construction, decoration, and furniture wood greatly increased.
  • There’s also the transportation industry. The rapid growth of China’s sawmill industry was also credited by the significant development of the transportation industry – in which the demand for special timbers and sawmill sleepers greatly increased.
  • There were 4 top companies in the industry. These are Rizhao Huada Investment Development, which mainly offers construction materials and other wood building materials; Yantai Northwest Forestry (now called AVIC Forestry), which mainly offers wood plates and cabin materials; Shandong Hailan Import and Export Corporation; and Qingdao Westwood Lumber.
  • Each has its own specialization. Wood products from sawmills were produced from different tree species and into different specifications. Thus, sawmills were considered unable to meet the demands of consumers if done alone. With that, sawmills have their own specializations.
  • Demands for timber and wood continued to increase. A 300-page report called Wood Markets: The China Book – Outlook to 2015 indicated that the country should allow themselves to be more pressured in exporting raw materials if they want to have a significant development in the sawmill industry.

As much as everyone is thrilled about China’s sawmill industry growing rapidly over the years, there were some downsides to it. A number of serious issues were reported back in 2010: (1) the unsafe environment, where sawdust was just piled up close to band mills and put into boxes or bags by hand. We all know how sawdust affects a person’s health in the long run; (2) the never-ending issue of low labor costs. However, the high labor demands were astounding; and (3) some equipment didn’t exist in Chinese sawmills. This was greatly compared to the more advanced equipment of American and European sawmills.

Indeed, sawmills need to have the right equipment – such as the best drop saws on the market.

Hopefully, as China continues to be progressive in almost every type of industry both locally and internationally, the above-mentioned conditions should have improved by now or eliminated completely in order to sustain both the needs of their workers and customers.

Some Healthy Blender Recipes From China

Posted on April 1, 2017 in Food by

Who doesn’t like Chinese food?

Here are some healthy blender recipes from China, which you can even make with those seen in Ninja blender reviews online:

brown rice

Brown Rice Milk Smoothie

If there’s one kind of food Chinese people are best known in growing, it’s rice. And one such type is the brown rice, which is considered healthier than any other rice. It’s rich in fiber, which helps reduce high blood cholesterol levels or even prevents atherosclerosis – a condition that narrows and eventually stops the heart from receiving enough blood; and helps manage high blood sugar levels, making it a perfect rice substitute for those with diabetes.

Blended with milk – a great source of calcium and vitamin D for the bones and the teeth – it will be healthier than any other smoothie. All you need to do is put in cooked brown rice with unsweetened milk together in a blender. Pour the concoction in a glass, pair it with fruit slices, and enjoy!

black sesame seeds

Black Sesame Soup

Blenders are not just for smoothies and other creamy drinks. These can also be used for soup, making it easier for one to mix ingredients together before simmering or heating. Thus, a black sesame soup will make you love Chinese food even more. This soup dessert, also known as tong sui, is considered to be saccharine and delightful with its toasted sesame taste. Also considered to be elegant, this dish is actually quite easy to make.

All you need is cooked rice, granulated sugar, black sesame seeds, and water (hot, if possible). Soak the rice in cold water for about 4 hours and toast the sesame seeds in low heat for about 2 minutes. Set these aside, wait for these to cool, drain the rice, blend the rice in 3 cups of water until slurry, grind the sesame seeds slowly in another half cup of water until smooth, blend the rice and the sesame, and boil it with 3 1/2 cups of water and granulated sugar. After boiling, simmer it for another 10 minutes and mix until thick. Blend again until desired texture is achieved.

Be it a smoothie or a soup, China is truly an example of how people should live – healthily with foods like brown rice and sesame seed that are not just delicious, but also helps prevent a number of diseases that might impair you for life or become the main cause of your death.

Eat and live healthily now!

Don’t Let the Stress of Traveling Get to You

Posted on August 4, 2016 in Tips by

Narita Airport

Traveling is a great time to have fun and do things you love. But it has its share of stress factors. Overcrowded airports or highways, flight delays, and other unpleasant situations can sap you of much needed energy. Luckily, there are ways to take the stress out of traveling and get the most out of your trip.

Set out early. Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, train, or bus station reduces the amount of stress you get to experience while traveling. Anticipate traffic, passenger security screening measures, and other travel-related procedures that may be delayed for whatever reason.

Get familiar with your destination. If you are heading out to an unfamiliar place, it would greatly help if you get to know more of your destination. There is no shortage of resources you can find both online and offline. Read various reviews as well as travel books about the place you wish to explore.

Keep positive. A positive mindset is helpful in managing stress. You can start with an attitude of expecting the unexpected. Expect that things will not always turn out as planned or as how you wanted it to be. Go with the unique flow that holiday travel has. Try to look at the bright side when your plans hit a snag. Overbooking, flight delay or cancellation, and whatever it is that would affect your itinerary are all potential causes of frustration that you have to accept and cope with.

Practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness and find ways to meditate during your trip. Find a spot where you can be comfortable and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes quieting your mind by focusing on the present. Just concentrate on your breathing and let go of the worries you may have about your trip.

Take care of your health. Drink plenty of water, stretch, and keep moving while traveling to refresh your mind and body. Eat healthy to maintain your energy levels as well as to avoid irregular bowel syndrome which can be common among travelers.

Pack light. One of the best ways to take the stress out of holiday travel is to pack and travel light. Lugging a lot of bulky baggage around congested airports or train stations can be exhausting and stressful. You also have to consider the long queues in check-in counters due to the more number of bags that have to be processed during the holidays. Packing light allows you to move around more easily and with less worry about losing your bags for whatever reason.

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Penghaoren is a travel blog that mainly focuses on destinations in Asia. It is about journeys in the making that started in the streets of Beijing. It is a desire to see more of the world’s wonders sparked while scaling the Great Wall of China. This blog is about people, places, culture, food, off the beaten tracks, and everything in between. It features stories of amazing discoveries and experiences that make for lasting memories.