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If your trip will include Asia, be sure to browse through all the Asia articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Asia, we've been there done that when it comes to Asia, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Asia.

Cool Photo Project About Chinese Propaganda

Saturday, April 16, 2011
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Chinese Cultural Revolutionary Opera Editorial Photos
An example of old Chinese opera editorial

I stumbled across this kickstarter project this morning, sounds like it could be cool. Heres the gist of it:

Planning A Vietnam Trip, Advice From Friend

Halong Bay
Halong Bay in the North of Vietnam, close to Hanoi

Q. Can you whip me up a quick travel guide to Vietnam? I know the basics, but anything you did, saw, ate, good places you stayed, etc which you recommend? Thanks!

Answering Questions About SE Asia Trip

Swimming In Waterfalls, Luang Prubang
Swimming in the clear waters of the Kouang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos

Q. I'm going to be in China and Korea for a school consulting project in May, but have about 12 days to travel on the back end and want to go to SE Asia for a bit. I just wanted your thoughts on how to best spend my relatively short amount of time and money.

The Column of Julian – Ankara, Turkey

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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The Column of Julian In Ankara
The Column of Julian sits alone in the middle of the street

If you're wondering exactly which landmark the Column of Julian is in Ankara, here it is. Not the most exciting nor historical visit in Ankara, but not out of the way either. Located In Ulus within walking distance of the Ankara Citadel, The Roman Baths, The Roman Theatre, The Temple of Augustus and Rome, The Hacı Bayram Mosque, Gençlik Park, and more, you may as well pass by. If you head from the square by the The Temple of Augustus and Rome back towards the Ulus bus stop, down the steps to your right you'll see a large gathering of buses. Look a bit further to the right and you'll see The Column of Julian sitting in the middle of a V-Intersection.

Cu Chi War Tunnels, Vietnam

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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Very Small Entrance to Cu Chi War Tunnels, Vietnam
Entering one of the very small holes leading to the Cu Chi War Tunnels

When visiting Ho Chi Minh City, be sure to consider taking a tour of the Cu Chi War Tunnels. It's an easy day trip (not even a full day) from the city, and an interesting way to learn about the Vietnam War. You'll be able to walk (or crawl) through a pitch black tunnel dug for the war. If you're claustrophobic be careful as the tunnel is pitch black and leaves barely enough room to move through on your feet. Your calves will ache when you make it to the end. You'll see remnants of bomb craters, weapons, vehicles, and ammunition used during the war. For a fee you can shoot some of the guns actually used during the war, although its quite expensive. You can also see examples of some of the types of brutal traps placed throughout the jungle during the war.

Yangshuo, China

Sunday, March 7, 2010
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Hot Air Ballooning Yangshuo
Your typical photo from a hot air balloon trip in Yangshuo, and how our ride started

Yangshuo is a small town along the Li River in the Guilin Area, Guangxi Province of China. The town is surrounded by hundreds of tall and narrow karst peaks. Its the perfect destination for a backpacker, lots of things to do. I recommend the Hot Air Balloon ride, however you may not want to go if rain is in the forecast (as it is frequently). Ride the boat down the Li River from Guilin, then stop off for 3-4 days in Yangshuo. Monkey Jane's hostel is a fun place to stay if you like to drink. Monkey Jane herself likes to hang out with her patrons and is a great host, shes got a bar on the roof where everyone hangs out at night.

Ski Ilgaz Mountain, Turkey

Thursday, March 4, 2010
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Ilgaz Mountain, Turkey: Slope View
View down Ilgaz Mountain from the top of the ski lift

Ilgaz Mountain in Turkey was much different than any US resort I've been too. To start, you can buy lift tickets per ride, or per day, which was pretty cool. Prices were cheap, but lines were long. Because of the single ride tickets, many patrons chose to ride the lift not to ski, but just to experience the views, which lead to lift waits exceeding an hour. Ilgaz is the smallest resort in Turkey, boasting just 2 lifts, neither of which are for beginners. Because of this it was very crowded, but still a nice place to visit.

Atakule Tower – Ankara, Turkey

Thursday, March 4, 2010
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Atakule Tower, Ankara
View of Atakule Tower, Ankara Turkey from the Botanic Park below

Atakule tower sits at the top of the hill in Çankaya, Ankara. The communications and observation tower stands 410 ft. high (125 meters) and houses a rotating restaurant and an open observation deck. Great panoramic views of Ankara are to be had from the top of the tower, including the Botanic Park to the North. The cost is minimal, and entrance to the deck is free with a reservation for the restaurant. Ankara is not a city with many tourist destinations, so this is a must see.

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