Located on by the Taohua River, just outside the confines of the city of Guilin, is one of China’s hidden treasures — Reed Flute Cave. For centuries, locals used the hard reed stalks found near the entrance of the cave to craft woodwind instruments; however, no one realized what could be found inside.
While markings on the walls date to the Tang Dynasty of the 8th century CE, the cave was not discovered by modern China until World War II. Some time in the 1940s, two soldiers seeking asylum from Japanese forces accidentally found their way into the cave, and soon others followed.
Today, the floors and enormous ceilings of the cave, along with the many stalagtites and stalagmites, are illuminated by dozens of lights. These lights shine an assortment of colors, turning the natural limestone formations into neon pieces of artwork. For those visiting the cave, there are tours that travel from Guilin into the caves. These tours through the nearly 800 feet of underground stone vault generally last around one hour in length, and are often part of larger tours of the greater Guilin area. Along the way, groups might encounter the nearby villages of Lujia, Fubo Hill and Elephant Hill.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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Sleeping comes with difficulty for some travelers. Sleeping is a must when traveling, but especially for people with nausea, fear of flying, motion sickness, claustrophobia or anxiety. Sleeping helps some people cope better with the flight, too. There are some sleep aids that can help people with whatever the issue is, while some need to be prescribed, others are over-the-counter drugs that one can get without hassle.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.