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Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11

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385 photos from Kuranda
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-04

Kuranda is a town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Kuranda had a population of 2,966. Parts of Kuranda, particularly along its eastern edge, are protected within the Kuranda National Park and Barron Gorge National Park. Both national parks belong to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The town receives thousands of tourists each week who arrive from Cairns either on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the Skyrail gondola cableway, coach or by public bus via the Kuranda Range Road. The town is surrounded by tropical rainforest which is abundant with wildlife and popular amongst birdwatchers. There are several short walks around the village including the Jum Rum Creek Environmental Park which includes The River Walk. Attractions in Kuranda include a bird aviary, butterfly sanctuary, wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centre, reptile park and koala sanctuary. We visited Kuranda using the Skyrail gondola cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway as a day trip from Cairns.

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45 photos from Utrecht
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2012-08-26

On this second Utrecht trip we visited the Dom Church and the Castle De Haar.

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239 photos from Luxembourg
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg)

2014-06-07 - 2014-06-09

The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It stands at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern Luxembourg. The city contains the Luxembourg Castle, established by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages, around which a settlement developed. Luxembourg City lies at the heart of Western Europe, situated 213 km by road from Brussels, 372 km from Paris and 209 km from Cologne. As of January 2014, the commune of Luxembourg City had a population of 107,247, which was more than three times the population of the country`s second most populous commune (Esch-sur-Alzette). The city`s metropolitan population, including that of surrounding communes of Hesperange, Sandweiler, Strassen, and Walferdange, was higher than 165,000. In 2011, Luxembourg was ranked as having the second highest GDP in the world, with a per capita GDP (PPP) of $80,119, with the city having developed into a banking and administrative centre. It is a seat of several institutions of the European Union. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city and some other places in the country on a long weekend trip in June 2014.

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56 photos from Chengmai
(Hainan, China)

2013-12-30

Chengmai is an administrative district in Hainan, the People`s Republic of China. It is one of four counties of Hainan. We visited the Yongqing Temple and the Fushan Town Center of Coffee Culture and Customs in Chengmai on a day trip from Haikou in 2013.

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126 photos from Shanghai
(Shanghai, China)

2007-10-25 - 2007-10-28

Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Located on China`s central eastern coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality with province-level status. We visited the Bund, Pudong, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, and the Old Town with the Huxington Tea House and the Temple of the Town God.

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130 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2012-01-31 - 2012-02-02

On our second trip to Zhengzhou, we visited the Henan Provincial Museum and the Zhengdong New Area.

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53 photos from Echternach
(Grevenmacher, Luxembourg)

2014-06-09

Echternach is a commune with city status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach lies near the border with Germany, and is the oldest town (current population 4,610) in Luxembourg. It grew around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach, which was founded in 698 by St. Willibrord, an English monk from Ripon, Northumbria (in present-day North Yorkshire, England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians. As bishop, he was the Echternach monastery`s abbot until his death in 739. It is in his honour that the dancing procession takes place annually on Whit Tuesday. Tim and Miaomiao visited Echternach and its abbey in June 2014.

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21 photos from Skogafoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 m. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Ţrasi Ţórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörđuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Ţórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar. Tim and Miaomiao visited Skógafoss during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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178 photos from Brussels
(Brussels, Belgium)

2013-08-03 - 2013-08-04

On our second visit to Brussels (to see a concert of Robbie Williams), we went to the Avenue Louise, the Atomium, the Royal Palace and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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76 photos from Limbe
(Southwest, Cameroon)

2005-10-22 - 2005-10-25

Limbe (1858-1982: Victoria) is a seaside city in the Southwest Province of Cameroon. Limbe was founded in 1858 on the southern slopes of Mount Cameroon by the British missionary Alfred Saker. According to the 2001 estimate, the population was 84,500. Tim visited the beaches of Limbe as well as the Limbe Wildlife Centre and Limbe Botanical Gardens.

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20 photos from Bologna
(Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

2006-03-18

Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, in the Po Valley, between the Po River and the Apennines, exactly between the Reno River and the Sŕvena River. Home of the oldest university in the Western world, "Alma Mater Studiorum", founded in 1088, Bologna is one of the most developed cities in Italy. It has 370.000 inhabitants. Miaomiao visited the city center in March 2006.

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316 photos from Sanya
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-18 - 2016-07-21

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162 photos from Sanya
(Hainan, China)

2012-01-27 - 2012-01-29

During our second visit to Sanya, we visited the Sanya Nanshan Dongtian Park and spent some time on the beach.

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115 photos from Kuta
(Bali, Indonesia)

2014-09-14 - 2014-09-15

Kuta is a town in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia`s major tourist destinations. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and many renowned surfers who visit from Australia. It is located near Bali`s Ngurah Rai Airport. Tim visited the town and airport on a stopover on his way from Australia to the Netherlands.

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45 photos from Badaling
(Beijing, China)

2007-11-07

From Beijing we were driven to Badaling, the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location`s strategic importance. The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone heavy restoration, and in 1957 it was the first section of the wall to open to tourists. Now visited annually by millions, the immediate area has seen significant development, including hotels, restaurants, and a cable car.

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65 photos from Gordes
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-18

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L`Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. We visited the town and the nearby Sénanque Abbey on a day tour from Avignon in the summer of 2014.

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112 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2015-05-09

During this eleventh visit to Amsterdam we visited the exhibition `Late Rembrandt` at the Rijksmuseum, as well as some other sites in the city center.

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27 photos from Sagunto
(Valencia, Spain)

2006-08-21

Sagunto, formerly Murviedro, is an ancient city in Eastern Spain, in the modern fertile district of Camp de Morvedre in the province of Valencia. It is located in a hilly site, c. 30 km north of Valencia, close to the Costa del Azahar on the Mediterranean Sea. We visited the Roman theater and the Old Jewish Quarter.

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321 photos from Sintra
(Lisbon, Portugal)

2014-04-25

Sintra is a town within the municipality of Sintra in the Grande Lisboa subregion of Portugal. Owing to its 19th-century Romantic architecture and landscapes, it has become a major tourist centre, visited by many day-trippers who travel from the urbanized suburbs and capital of Lisbon. In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are dotted by royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-9th century, in addition to many buildings completed between the 15th and 19th century, including the Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace, resulting in its classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. Tim and Miaomiao visited the town, its palaces and the nearby Cabo da Roca cape in the spring of 2014 on a day trip from Lisbon.

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98 photos from Hong Kong
(Hong Kong, China)

2012-01-15 - 2012-02-06

We visited Hong Kong briefly for a third time, on our way to/from Haikou. We went to the Elements shopping mall in Kowloon, had dinner at the Lin Heung Tea House, and watched the `A Symphony of Lights` multimedia show from the roof of the IFC Mall.

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197 photos from Granada
(Andalusia, Spain)

2010-12-29

Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is one of the most famous items of the Islamic historical legacy that makes Granada a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain. Tim and Miaomiao visited the Alhambra and the city center on a day trip from Seville in December 2010.

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180 photos from Singapore
(Singapore, Singapore)

2014-08-28 - 2014-08-30

Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is 137 kilometres north of the equator. The country`s territory consists of the lozenge-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60 significantly smaller islets. Singapore is one of the world`s major commercial hubs, with the fourth-biggest financial centre and one of the five busiest ports. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing, which represented 26 percent of Singapore`s GDP in 2005. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world but one of the world`s highest income inequalities. Approximately 5.4 million people live in Singapore, of which approximately two million are foreign-born. Tim and Miaomiao visited the country briefly while travelling to Australia in the summer of 2014.

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113 photos from Sounion
(Attica, Greece)

2009-03-13

Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 km SSE of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824). The site is a popular day excursion for tourists from Athens, with sunset over the Aegean Sea viewed from the ruins a sought-after spectacle. Tim and Miaomiao visited Cape Sounion on the last full day of their trip to Athens, in March 2009.

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113 photos from Agra
(Uttar Pradesh, India)

2004-10-12 - 2004-10-13

Agra, visited by Tim in October 2004, is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the home of one of the modern World Wonders, the Taj Mahal. Other highlights (and UNESCO World Heritage Sites) include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In the nearby city of Sikandra, the Tomb of Akbar the Great was visited.

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79 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2016-06-08 - 2016-06-09

Tim visited Amsterdam for the eHealth Week 2016 conference. Next to the conference sites (the Beurs van Berlage and the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky), he visited the Westerkerk church and the Anne Frank House.

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68 photos from Wanning
(Hainan, China)

2012-01-27 - 2012-01-29

Wanning is a county-level city in the southeast of Hainan Province, with an estimated population of 65,871 (2006). We visited the town on our way from Haikou to Sanya and back, and spend a few hours at the nearby Xinglong Tropical Garden.

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158 photos from Niagara
(Ontario, Canada)

2008-07-18

The Niagara Falls are massive waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border separating the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, 75 miles (120 km) south-southeast of Toronto, Ontario, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls is composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island: Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side of the border and American Falls on the United States side. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls also is located on the American side, separated from the main falls by Luna Island. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. It is the most powerful waterfall in North America. We did both an helicopter tour and a boat tour, starting from the Canadian side of the falls.

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284 photos from Seattle
(Washington, USA)

2011-02-05 - 2011-02-09

Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Washington. It is named after Chief Sealth `Seattle`, of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. Seattle is the center of the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue metropolitan statistical area, the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the northwestern United States. The 2010 census found that Seattle is home to 630,320 residents within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. Seattle is the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and the rock music style known as `grunge`, which was made famous by local groups Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. In more recent years, Seattle has been known for indie rock and hip hop music. Seattle has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle`s Best Coffee, and Tully`s. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes. Tim visited Seattle and the neighbouring town of Bothell for a workshop in February 2011.

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