Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence is a designer, writer and travel enthusiast. He is the author of 'The Murakami Pilgrimage,' a guide book to the real-life locations featured in Haruki Murakami's novels. After a long stint living in Japan, he's now living as a nomad, exploring Asia and beyond.

Nanhua Mountain Phoenix Cultural Spot

Meeting a Mythical Bird at The Nanhua Mountain Phoenix Cultural Spot

Fenghuang, one of China’s most beloved historical towns, translates to ‘Phoenix.’  The legendary bird, in fact, has been a part of Chinese folklore and culture for around 8,000 years. And arriving in Fenghuang Ancient Town, I wondered if I’d get the chance to learn more about it. But while Phoenix imagery is abundant throughout the …

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Zhangjiajie Golden Whip Stream

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (3 of 3): Hiking Huangshi Village

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of China’s, and the world’s, most breathtaking natural scenic areas. China’s first ever national park, Zhangjiajie first opened its doors back in 1982. The huge sandstone pillars which it’s known for, however, were formed many millions of years ago. Most visitors flock to the Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain districts to see …

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Tianzi Mountain

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (2 of 3): Hiking Tianzi Mountain

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of China’s, and the world’s, most breathtaking natural scenic areas. First opened in 1982, it’s the country’s first ever national park. Zhangjiajie is known for its huge sandstone pillars formed by many years of water erosion, and there are a near countless number of them throughout the area. At …

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Yuanjiajie

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (1 of 3): Hiking Yuanjiajie & Yangjiajie

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of China’s, and the world’s, most breathtaking natural scenic areas. Situated in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, the massive park takes up over 11,900 acres. The park is known for its huge sandstone pillars formed by many years of water erosion, and there are a near countless number …

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Furong Town

Furong Ancient Town: Where Caves, Waterfalls & Tujia Culture Converge

Waterfalls? Caves? Traditional Chinese architecture? How about all three in the same scene? Furong Ancient Town, located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, is undoubtedly one of China’s most unique historical towns. For whatever reason, though, it’s often overlooked by tourists – both international and domestic. And that’s all the more reason to come …

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