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纽约时报选出2016年最值得去的52个旅行目的地

近日纽约时报New York Times评选出2016年最值得去的52个旅行目的地,如下

  1. Mexico City 墨西哥城
  2. Bordeaux, France 法国波尔多
  3. Malta 马耳他(地中海)
  4. Coral Bay, St. John (Caribbean) 加勒比
  5. Theodore Roosevelt NP, US 美国西奥多罗斯福国家公园(North Dokata州)
  6. Mozambique 莫桑比克
  7. Toronto, Canada 加拿大多伦多
  8. Abu Dhabi, UAE 阿布扎比
  9. Skane, Sweden 瑞典
  10. Vinales, Cuba 古巴
  11. Guadeloupe (Caribbean)
  12. Park City, Utah 美国犹他Park City
  13. Aarhus, Denmark 丹麦
  14. Cesme, Turkey 土耳其
  15. Road of the Seven Lakes, Argentina 阿根廷
  16. Hangzhou, China 中国杭州
  17. Korcula Island, Croatia 克罗地亚
  18. San Sebastian, Spain 西班牙
  19. Virunga NP, Democratic Republic of Congo 刚果民主共和国
  20. Grand Rapids, Michigan 美国密歇根州
  21. Garzon, Uruguay 乌拉圭
  22. Dublin, Ireland 爱尔兰都柏林
  23. Todos Santos, Mexico 墨西哥
  24. Tamil Nadu, India 印度(南部)
  25. Vaud, Switzerland 瑞士
  26. Washington DC 美国首都华盛顿
  27. Brno, Czech 捷克
  28. Saint Helena (South Atlantic Island) 南大西洋岛
  29. Barcelona, Spain 西班牙巴塞罗那
  30. Dalat, Vietnam 越南
  31. Turin, Italy 意大利都灵
  32. Isla Holbox, Mexico 墨西哥
  33. Providence, Rhode Island 美国罗得岛州
  34. Mosel wine country, Germany 德国
  35. Pyoengchang, South Korea 韩国
  36. Tyrol, Austria 奥地利
  37. Colmar, France 法国
  38. Kansai, Japan 日本关西地区
  39. East Bay, California 加州湾区东部
  40. Ile de Re, France (Riviera area) 法国Riviera地区
  41. East Coast, Sri Lanka 斯里兰卡
  42. Rosine, Kentucky 美国肯塔基州
  43. Malaga, Spain 西班牙
  44. Guizhou, China 中国贵州
  45. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 柬埔寨
  46. St. Louis, Missouri 美国密苏里州圣路易斯
  47. Thessaloniki, Greece 希腊
  48. Marfa, Texas 美国德州Marfa (参看我的博文:德州西部+新墨西哥冬天六日非典型自驾游
  49. Ubud, Indonesia 印尼
  50. The Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia 加拿大温哥华地区南湾岛
  51. Sydney, Australia 澳洲悉尼
  52. Beaufort, South Carolina 美国南卡州
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大烟山遇熊记

这是写于10年前的一封家信,讲述了在田纳西州大烟山国家公园遭遇黑熊的有趣经历,在此分享给大家。


昨天我们去了Great Smoky Mountain(大烟山),我们现在住在Holiday Inn。从旅馆开车到那里要一个小时多点。大烟山是国家级公园(national park),最高有两千多米,确实比我们周末去的那些state park好很多。大烟山其实还挺大的,并不是只有一座山峰,从山顶看,山峰连绵起伏的,好像四面都是山似的。美国不像中国那样有那么多的山,中国的山真是很多,随便找一个省,就能找到2000多米高的山了,可是在美国,尤其是东部,没什么山,这个山也很难得了。当然也因此,他们的路能修的这么的好,所以比较适合经济发展。西部有不少山,其实,美国很多漂亮的地方都在西部,象著名的黄石国家公园之类的。不过,要去西部就不是那么简单了。不知道,我们什么时候才有机会去。

大烟山之行最激动人心的是我们俩第一次见到了野生的熊!!!而且当时只有我们两个人,还是4只熊!妈妈带着3个孩子!!!那3只小熊跟在妈妈后面过马路,好可爱呀!就象那些毛绒玩具一样,小小的,胖胖的,毛茸茸的,有两只一前一后紧跟在妈妈后面,还有一只比较淘气,落后了很多。当时是傍晚,大概7点50左右,天还亮着,我们赶着开车上山顶,LG要拍日落,山路上已经没什么车了,基本都是下山的车,路上只有我们一辆上山的车,在距山顶的停车场还有10多分钟车程的时候,突然,一只大熊从路边的草丛里不急不徐地走了出来。

我们因为之前在山下的visiter center里看过一只被车撞死的熊的标本,所以早有提防,我一路上都在念叨争取一定要见到熊,结果当她真的出现在我面前仅5米的距离的时候,我们俩竟有不同的第一反应!LG大叫熊,急踩刹车,然后就是回头找他的照相机;我的第一反应就是关上窗户!所以等我拿起我用的数码相机的时候,连最后一只掉队的小熊都已经安全的过了马路。在他刚走进草丛的时候我按下了快门,可惜回来一看,根本看不清那是只熊!真对不住大家,没照下照片给你们看。不过,我是一直看着他们过马路的,因为我的相机就在我手边的车门上,总好过LG为了拿他放在后座上的相机,都没能看清楚那些毛茸茸的可爱的家伙。

那只大熊,不用把她想的很大很大,其实就是比那种特别大的狗大两圈而已,反正,看到的时候,不会觉着恐怖!而且,她很酷的,只管过马路,根本没侧头看我们一眼,3只小熊就很淘气了,东张西望,前两只紧跟在妈妈身后,我还以为她有两个孩子呢,谁知,他们刚走近对面的草里,最后那只小熊才跌跌撞撞地从这面的草里钻出来,然后匆忙跑过了马路。我想她们是要在太阳落山前回到自己的住处睡觉。他们是不是真的睡在树杆上,象熊猫那样呢?她们过了马路后半天,我们俩才反应过来,LG还在遗憾自己没拍下照片,我则在回忆她们一家子过马路的情景。

山顶的日落很美,我们还是及时赶到了,虽然几乎是在太阳落下去的最后一刻。从山顶的停车场到最高处的观景台还要走20分钟的山路,不过这段路也是柏油路,所以恐惧感减小很多。当时,天已经黑下来了,我还真有点担心,会不会有熊或者其他野兽出现,这回可不是在车里了。还好,当时还有几个人也在上山和下山,而且,后来天全黑下来,我们下山的时候,还有几个年轻人正要上山呢。之前,我们拿到的介绍显示大烟山上除了有那些温和的动物外,还有熊,狐狸,还有那种大型的山猫,不过,没有狼,老虎之类的猛兽。所以我们都不那么害怕,他跑着去观景台拍照,我手里拿着手电和刀子在后面走,身边甚至还有很小的小孩儿,人家都不怕,我更没什么可怕了。

大烟山修了很多的山路,我们开始就是顺着另一条山路走的,一路都是山溪流过,到处都是大树,孩子或者大人们都把很大的游泳圈放在水里,坐在泳圈里在水上漂流,看起来很好玩。大烟山是不收门票的,即使是附近的居民也会在周末开车来这里玩。你只要开着车,随时可以停在路边下水玩,或者欣赏风景,有的地方会有小路可以走近山里观鸟,也可以爬山看瀑布。山脚下有一个挺美的小镇,不过全部经营旅游业了,到处都是娱乐项目,餐厅,商店。即使在晚上也是灯火通明,好像不夜城一样。

我们这次差点没赶上日落,因为从先前走的那条山路下来的时候,车快没油了,LG因为很想去拍日落,所以,他的判断力出现很大问题,其实是他宁愿相信自己不可靠的判断力。他当时觉着那些油还可以坚持到我们再从去最高峰的那条路上山,再下山。可是上了一段山后,油已经到底线了,我说:“如果现在再不下去加油,恐怕我们今晚要被困在山上下不来了,就算是叫了拖车,让人开上山来拖我们的车,估计我们也得倾家荡产了(虽然夸张,可是拖车确实要花很多钱的,更何况开上山来拖车了)”。当时的决策,我们立马掉头下山,其实山脚下就有油站,如果他开始在那个转折点就决定下山加油先的话,我们能省20分钟时间。不过,现在一想,恐怕就见不到那几只熊了,不过说不定能见到其他的熊呢?谁知道。反正我们跟这一家子熊挺有缘的。可能大山听到了我的心声,专门派这个大熊带着她的3只可爱的孩子出现在我们面前呢!

 

Acknowledgment: 标题图片来自cluffcabins.wordpress.com

A Western Perspective of China (一个西方视角里的中国)(Forwarded;转贴)

This is a new blog post from eCommerceFuel, written by Andrew Youderian. It’s so interesting that I couldn’t help sharing it with my blog visitors. — Andy


 

The countryside screamed past at 200mph as I worked on my laptop, comfortable inside the train’s first class cabin. Outside, weathered farmers worked fields by hand as women walked by carrying baskets.

The only evidence that it was 2015 vs. 1315 was the occasional worn-down tractor and the power lines that crossed the landscape. And, of course, the gleaming 21st century bullet train I rode in.

As we neared the outskirts of Wuhan, cluster upon cluster of soviet style high rises rose against a dreary sky thick with smog. Despite having never been to mainland China before, I felt a sense of déjà vu: the stark contrast between old and new, rich and poor, viewed from our high-tech train eerily felt like a scene right out of The Hunger Games.

With its sheer number of people, China reminds me of a much cleaner version of India, but it’s there that the similarities stop. I was bombarded by street smells which I’d love to describe, but can’t because I’ve never experienced them before. I could walk blocks in a market without recognizing a single food item.

However it wasn’t the smells, crowds, food or the lost-in-time countryside that stood out most starkly. Despite being warned, I wasn’t prepared for the often brusque nature of Chinese interactions.

Stuck on a bus where we hadn’t moved for close to 5 minutes, a passenger approached the driver. She wanted to get off and walk, but the bus driver wouldn’t let her – there was a police officer right ahead and he didn’t want a ticket. After a few more minutes, she came up to ask again, but in a much louder and agitated tone.

After another denial, the bus exploded to life: a chorus of previously uninvolved people started shouting, most in defense of the driver. Things grew, to my Western instincts, fairly heated with the bus driver yelling back at the girl. The confrontation continued until he relented, opening the door to let a stream of people pour out of the bus.

In most Western cities, a scene like this would leave bystanders somewhat shocked and exchanging looks with each other. But within seconds, everyone returned to what they had been doing seemingly unfazed.

Surprising incidents like this were, if anything, entertaining to watch. It was the Chinese mores of “please” and “thank you” that were the most difficult for me to adapt to. The difference? The pleasantries just aren’t used much.

It’s especially tricky with those closest to you with rationale that goes something like this: My Chinese family members and friends know I love them and they’ll assume by default I’m thankful. By vocalizing it, I’m putting into question our closeness and bond.

Despite knowing how my frequent “thank yous” came across, I just couldn’t help myself and still said it constantly. Normally it wasn’t an issue, but after thanking friends who treated us to one meal I felt a bit of awkwardness in the air and wished I kept my mouth closed.

You hear about the internet being censored in China, but it’s a surprisingly surreal experience to be blocked from Google the first time you get online. Nearly 3,000 sites are blocked altogether, and everything else you download is censored on the fly as you browse.

The Chinese government is often criticized for many things from censorship to human rights, leaving it with a less-than-stellar public image in the West. So I was surprised when I saw a myriad of things being done by Big Brother to improve life and move the country forward.

Street trash was minimal as the government pays an army of workers to keep things tidy. Cell coverage was maintained throughout my entire underground ride in the government built subway. And the high-speed train infrastructure made getting around China fast, comfortable and affordable in a way I haven’t experienced back in the states.

Business moves forward at a blisteringly fast pace here. A restaurant that was in the very early stages of construction upon my brother’s arrival was finished just a few weeks later, a project that would likely have taken months in the states. Walking the streets at 5:30am one morning in Wuhan, I was shocked to find a buzz of activity at a construction site. It turns out workers are there around the clock.

Seeing how efficiently an authoritarian government can act does make you think about things a bit differently. If we could ensure a just and infallible dictator with our best intentions at heart, I’d vote them into office in an instant. It’s an especially attractive option at a time when dysfunction in the U.S. congress has earned them a lower approval rating than cockroaches.

Watching a video one night, I was especially impressed by the government’s foresight in defining, planning, and executing their program to eliminate poverty which reduced the severe poverty rate from 53% to less than 10% in just 20 years. The gains seemed won so much more easily when carried out by a single, efficient party vs. multiple bickering sides.

It wasn’t until the end that I realized the documentary had been produced by the government. I started to pull up YouTube to learn from a more objective source, but quickly realized that due to the censorship I couldn’t access it, either.

It’s hard to grasp the mind boggling selection of product materials available without visiting China.

One day we headed out to look for fabrics for a product I’m developing, and ended up in the city of Guangzhou. We visited fabric shop after fabric shop, each with thousands of different options. I could have spent hours looking at the offerings of one business alone, and I quickly become overwhelmed by my choices.

After leaving one shop that had every conceivable type of buckle, strap and pull you could every imagine I asked our guide and manufacturing guru Jamon Yerger how many shops with a similar selection existed, expecting perhaps 3-4 competitors in the city. His reply: “Oh, easily dozens and dozens. Perhaps 100 or more”.

I’ve been to Tokyo, Delhi and New York City, but no where has left me with a sense of the sheer volume of resources needed to support humanity like China did. I was spellbound when we ate at a restaurant with a dining room 100 yards long. An endless stream of food poured from the kitchen, and I couldn’t help but extrapolate this scene in my mind across all of China. I left and was tempted to immediately invest my life savings in Chinese pork futures.

This scale isn’t unique to China, of course. I’m sure there’s similarly sized restaurants in cities across the world. But there’s something about China that conveys a massiveness of scale unlike anywhere else I’ve been.

My initial judgement of China for much of the trip was that of a polluted, overcrowded and brusque society. But that slowly started to change.

Just a few blocks from a massive electronics mall in Shenzhen we discovered a picturesque oasis that reminded me of Central Park in New York. It wasn’t a scene you’d expect to find in one of the world’s most well-known manufacturing centers.

My family and hosts were incredibly kind, and I was warmly treated to meal after meal with absolutely no possibility of my paying or helping out.

My biggest mindset shift came one evening as we strolled along the Yangtze River park as dusk was falling. In America, most parks would be winding down as people headed home for the night. Here a full-scale party was underway. Dozens of people flew kites decorated with elaborate lights. A group of men played with enormous tops, using whips to keep them spinning furiously.

And there was the dancing. Every quarter mile or so, we’d come across a large group of mostly older women (and a few brave men) dancing with a leader to music. I thought this was isolated to the park, and was surprised to see similar scenes in parking lots, shopping centers and random sidewalks across the city. The groups were everywhere, doing everything from simple moves to elaborate, modern couples routines.

As our bus bounced home over a bridge illuminated by strands of colored lights, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of community and energy in the air as we drove throughout the city. It was if everyone came out after a busy day to play, relax and connect with each other. It’s not a feeling I’ve had in many places before.

Even while leaving, I had the nicest, most amiable custom agent I’ve ever run into – normally an interaction you look forward to as much as a lunchtime stop at your local DMV.

As my return plane took to the air, I knew I wouldn’t miss the crowds, the chickens feet, overcast skies or the pig jerky airline breakfast appetizer I had just been handed. But I was already looking forward to coming back.

Special thanks to my brother Chris for showing me around China and putting up with my antics. To Jamon from High Cappin for being our tour guide in Shenzhen. And especially to my sister-in-law Laura and her parents Xueshan and Huadi for graciously hosting me.

14日走遍西部美景的计划

My sister recently requested me to layout a plan for her family’s first visit to US next summer, with focus on natural beauty of the country. Here is a 2 week road trip plan for visiting the Western American, including Yellowstone and the so called Grand Circle.

我的姐姐请我给她们一家四口人(以及可能其他三家人,一共十余人)明年暑假来美国度假拟定一个计划。他们大部分都是第一次来美国,除了经典的东岸一串城市,他们还想自驾游美国西部。这里分享一下我制定的一个两星期自驾计划,是从盐湖城开始,先游黄石,再南下看犹他的红石头,再去大峡谷,vegas,zion/Bryce canyon,最后从盐湖城返回。

2016_US_Summer

 Day From To By Miles Drive Hours See Stay
1 Home SLC/Jackson FLY/Car 279 4.5 on the road Jackson/Teton
2 Teton Yellowstone car 100 2 Teton, Old Faithful Area Yellowstone, OF Inn
3 Yellowstone Yellowstone car 50 1 Old faithful, Grand Prism, Mammoth Yellowstone, Canyon
4 Yellowstone Yellowstone car 150 3 Canyon, Lamar, Heyden Yellowstone, Canyon
5 Yellowstone SLC car 362 6 SLC (Antelope island, capitol) SLC
6 SLC Moab car 272 4 Canyonlands NP (sunset) Moab
7 Moab Monument Valley car 156 2.5 Arches NP; MV Monument Valley
8 MV Page car 122 2 MV, Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon Page
9 Page Grand Canyon car 133 2 Grand Cayon NP Grand Canyon
10 GC Las Vegas car 276 4 GC, Hoover Dam Las Vegas
11 Las Vegas Las Vegas car 0 0 Las Vegas, shows Las Vegas
12 Las Vegas Zion car 160 2.5 Zion NP Zion NP, or Springdale
13 Zion Bryce Canyon car 73 1 Bryce NP Bryce
14 Bryce SLC/Home Car/Fly 268 4 Utah highway