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Visiting Gongyi Grottos

Gongyi Grottos – one of 4 Famous grottos in China.  These are places where loyal monks have carefully carved out thousands and millions of buddhas and religious statues into the walls of nearby caves over CENTURIES! An amazing, awe-inspiring sight! Well worth the trip!  Thanks to the #Henan Provincial Government Tourism Bureau for sponsoring us. It was a great day!

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The 10 Most Popular Street Art Pieces of January 2015

“The 10 Most Popular Street Art Pieces of January 2015”

via “Street Art News

February has just started and it's time for our monthly top 10 street art pieces (ranking based on StreetArtNews' unique page-views), with a brilliant piece from Levalet in Paris, featuring as number one for January 2015.
1- Levalet – Paris, France
February has just started and it’s time for our monthly top 10 street art pieces (ranking based on StreetArtNews’ unique page-views), with a brilliant piece from Levalet in Paris, featuring as number one for January 2015. This new year brings us a wide variety of styles, and several talented artists are appearing for the first time in our rankings – Irony, Gris1 from DMV, Morfai and Vermibus.
Second place this month goes to Irony, one of the rising stars of the UK scene, who achieved the runner up position with his fantastic fire piece. Polling third and fourth are Invader and Gris1 in Tanzania and Paris.
Did your favorite street art piece make our list this month? Stay with us till after the break for a selection of the amazingness included in January’s top 10, and be sure to drop your thoughts down in the comments section!

2- Irony – London, UK
3- Invader, Tanzania
4- Gris1 DMV – Paris, France
5- L7M – Maracay, Venezuela

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Bizarre Ways New Year’s Eve is Celebrated Around the World

“Bizarre Ways New Year’s Eve is Celebrated Around the World”

by Emily Payne via “Daily Mail

There’s more to New Years Eve than Hogmanay and Jools Holland.

Revellers around the globe will be celebrating in a number of weird and wonderful ways – many of which put party poppers and bubbly to shame.

In Siberia and Russia, there is a tradition to dive into a frozen lake, while holding a tree trunk, which is placed under the ice.

Meanwhile, in Romania farmers try to communicate with their animals on New Years Eve. If they are successful it is believed they will have good luck for the next year.

Over in Burma people splash water on one another to start the new year with a more purified soul and in the Czech Republic, revellers cut an apple in half then inspect its shape to see what the next 356 days hold.

Wearing red underwear in Italy is thought to bring love, prosperity and good luck and in Venice people gather in St Marks square to partake in a mass kissing session.

That puts us Brits to shame who see in festivities by holding hands and singing Auld Lang Syne.

An infographic of all the weird and wonderful ways that NYE is celebrated throughout the world

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