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If you visit Sri Lanka, you will get chance to explore the country’s traditions and different culture same as its scenic beauty. With influences from other countries in the region, Sri Lanka boasts to have its own unique traditions including traditional dance performances, music and many other cultural activities. As a nation, we celebrate our festivals   to the best possible and due to that most of these traditions are still preserved.

For today post, I actually don’t have access to my recent travel images as my desktop was attacked by a virus. After removing it 2-3 times and getting it again, we decided to format our computer. So, till that I thought of sharing some of the previous images I shared on this same blog thinking still these posts have some value and interest.

Traditional Drums of Sri Lanka
Traditional Drums and Masks from Sri Lanka
Traditional Drums from Sri Lanka

Davula,Yak Beraya, Udakkiya are some traditional drums and these are used for performances including religious festivals.

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Traditional Dancing

In Sri Lanka, you’ll find different performances. Most of the performances are involved with traditional drums and beautiful costumes. Below is a picture of Kandyan dancers who performed in a recent wedding we attended.This is how bride’s family welcomes the groom and his family members for the wedding ceremony.

Kandyan Dancing and Drumming in Sri Lanka
Kandyan Dancing and Drumming in Sri Lanka

Other than Kandyan dance performances, there are other styles too.

Traditional Masks from Sri Lanka

This is another must view crafts if you visit Sri Lanka. There are also religious activities attached with these masks. Usually masks are colourful and each mask has its own meaning and way of using. Those are usually use for devil dance which is meant to send away devils and their affects for people.

Traditional Drums and Masks from Sri Lanka
Traditional Masks from Sri Lanka

Usually masks are made of balsa wood (kaduru wood) and those are light weight. Read   my previous post on Traditional Masks of Sri Lanka

In your country, do you have such traditional activities?

Please share your thoughts and experiences in comments section.

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Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Oriental Pearl TV Tower, situated beside the Huangpu River and the Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Pudong New Area and with a giddy height of 468 meters, is the world’s third and Asia’s first tallest TV tower. Standing in the modern architecture buildings of Lujiazui area, it shows the spectacular scenery of international metropolis together with the International Architecture Exhibition of the Bund. Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the iconic buildings and tourist destinations of Shanghai.

The Bound

The Bund is located to the east part of Shanghai on the bank of Pujiang River in Pudong District. It is regarded as the symbol of Shanghai with its magnificent landmarks. It is actually a waterfront area of Pu Xi District that faces the newer part of Shanghai – Pu Dong District, with the Huangpu River as division line. Here in the Bund, you can see the essence of Shanghai, the prosperous, historical and elegant Shanghai. So, every tourist will pay a visit to the Bund to feel the old and the new Shanghai during Shanghai tours.

Xin Tian Di

Shanghai Xin Tian Di, based on the model of modern Shanghai buildings— the old Shikumen residential area, is a fashionable, cultural and recreational center that combines all the functions of dining, shopping, entertainment and others. It first changed the original residential function of this area, gave it the business function, and it innovated this old house which reflects Shanghai’s culture and history into modern center.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a significant base for science education and leisure tourism in Shanghai. Covering an area of 68,000 square meters, the exhibitions of the museum are composed of 5 main permanent exhibitions and some temporary exhibition halls, including: Heaven and earth pavilion, life Museum, Museum of wisdom, creation museum and Pavilion of Future. As the most important base in Shanghai for science education and spiritual civilization construction, the museum makes it possible that every tourist can receive modern science and technology education in an enjoyable atmosphere. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a large museum in Pudong, Shanghai, close to Century Park, the largest park within the inner districts of the city, where the 2001 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting was held here.

Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo which locates in the southwest Shanghai is one of the best ecological gardens in Shanghai for its beautiful ecological environment. So far, it has received 140 million passengers, and has nearly 600 kinds of species from the world with a total number of 6,000. As a large national zoo, it mainly breeds and exhibits the representative animals of rare types at home and abroad, and conducts scientific researches on the breeding, multiplying and disease control of the rare animals.

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of Shanghai City and neighbors City God Temple. It is the most visited classical garden in Shangahi. The garden was primarily built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)by Mr. Pan, a local government officer. The garden was built exclusively for his parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.

Longtangs in Shanghai

Longtangs in shanghai look very like1 Hutongs in Beijing. Both of them are alleys between rows of residential buildings. Just like Hutongs symbol the modern history of Beijing, Longtangs present the features of Shanghai’s urban civilization, which created diverse and mixed Longtang Culture. Hence Longtangs is regarded as the background tone of today’s Shanghai.

Shanghai Expo Park

Shanghai Expo Park

Shanghai Expo Park is located in thecenter of downtown Shanghai, to the south bank of Pujiang River. As one of the future green lungs of Shanghai City, the Expo Park is originally built as a leisure and sightseeing resort in the duration of 2010 Shanghai Expo. When the expo is over, it became an important urban green space where citizens and tourists would enjoy their time by relaxing, recreating, and sightseeing. Casting off the bustling screens of the duration of Shanghai Expo, the expo park now returns to its normal situation.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Designed by American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, the 101-layer tower was originally planned for construction in 1997, but it was temporarily broken off by the Asian Financial Crisis in the late 1990s. The building of the tower was financed by several multinational firms, including Chinese, Japanese, and Hong Kong banks, as well as by the Japanese developer and American and European investors.

Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall

Located to the east of Shanghai Municipal Government Building, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall is the largest comprehensive city planning exhibition hall in the world. The exhibition hall takes a height of 43.3 meters with 5 floors up ground and 2 layers underground, which has a total construction area of 18 393 square meters. Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall not only enables Shanghai natives to know the development and gradual change, as well the future plan of the city they live in, but also make it easy for visitors home and abroad to understand the planning and construction progress of Shanghai City. It vividly presents the image of Shanghai City as an open and international metropolis.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road in Shanghai is a world-famous commerce & shopping street, as the earliest business street opened up when Shanghai was forced to become an international port in the late Qing Dynasty, it remained the most prosperous business street in Asian-Pacific region until the year 1949.

Tianzifang-the second Xintiandi

Tianzifang, located on Tai Kang Road in Luwan District of Shanghai, is an arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated residential area. It is known as the second Xintiandi. In fact, there are numerous differences between Tianzifang and Xintiandi except the same fashionable style between them. Here, you can see arts and crafts stores, as well as studio and design offices everywhere. As a landmark on Tai Kang Road, Tianzifang has gathered all the world’s artists together.

Shanghai History Museum

Located at the foot of Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai History Museum is a chorographic museum that comprehensively reflects the historical development of Shanghai.

City God Temple

The City God Temple or Chenghuang Miao, built in the Ming Dynasty (after 1403), enjoys a long history and is one of the main Taoist temples of Shanghai Taoism. In the Qing Dynasty, all the people, young or old, man or woman, know it. After Shanghai’s opening to the outside world, the temple and its surrounding areas are crowded with businessman and have become prosperous. Tourists can purchase many necessities of life, especially some daily commodities here.

Shanghai People’s Square

Shanghai People’s Square is located in Huangpu District where the center of Shanghai City is. The rudiment of the Square, Shanghai Horse Hippodrome, was originally opened in the late Qing Dynasties when Shanghai was opened as an international port, which used to be the place for horse racing among people of high social standing. Generalized Square currently comprises an open square, the People’s Park, and the surrounding cultural, tourist, and business buildings. Shanghai People’s Square covers a total area of 140 000 square meters with a capacity of more than 1.2 million people. The Square is orientated as a garden square while the financing, administrating, culture, transportation and commerce are melt to each other perfectly here.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhu Jia Jiao water town is a typical ancient water town in Qingpu Disrtict of Shanghai City. It is the most well-known water town in Shanghai. In the year 2005, this town was evaluated as one of the ten most relaxing streets of Shanghai. This ancient water covers an area of 1.5 square kilometers, which equals almost three time of the area of Zhouzhuang Ancient town.

How many lakes are there in the world?
Water has a very special
allure to most people, and that’s probably partly because we are mostly made
out of water. Either we are talking about lakes,
rivers, seas or oceans, everything seems to be more exciting and more beautiful
when there’s water involved.

I’m sure you’ve marveled at
the beauty of a mountain lake on many occasions, but have you ever wondered how
many lakes there are in the world? Are there perhaps 10,000? Maybe even
100,000? Well, according to the latest count, there are approximately 117
million lakes in the world. The research was made using satellite images and
powerful computerized mapping technologies, by an international team made of
scientists from Sweden, Estonia, France and the United States. 
The lakes counted in this
massive endeavor were lakes 0.2 hectares in surface area or bigger. For
comparison’s sake, 0.2 hectares is half an acre or one and a half Olympic
swimming pools.  The combined area of all
the world’s lakes is about 5 million square kilometers or about 2 millions
square miles, roughly 3.7% of the Earth’s non-glaciated land area. An important
thing to note is the fact that the Caspian Sea, the world’s biggest lake, was
excluded from the count.
Why was it excluded? Well,
that’s probably because many people actually consider it a sea and its water is
salty. The Caspian Sea also has a surface area of 371,000 square kilometers,
far larger than any other lake.
How many lakes are there in the world?

So what are the biggest freshwater
lakes? In terms of surface area, that honor goes to Lake Superior, about 82,000
square kilometers in size. However, in terms of volume, the honor goes to one
of the planet’s biggest treasures, Lake Baikal.  The Siberian lake is the deepest lake in the
world, and with a volume of 23,615 cubic kilometers, it contains roughly 20% of
all the world’s freshwater. 
Needless to say, the lakes
on our planet are also one of our biggest assets. We should strive to protect
them and care for them for generations to come.

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