For the most part, international airports are associated with duty-free shopping and passengers rushing to their boarding gates. But sometimes, they can be associated with cultural identity and awe-inspiring beauty. Take this airport in Mumbai, India, decorated with historical relics and intricate mandalas. One stroll around its enchanting terminal could make you miss your flight.
Recently I traveled along what was once the Silk Road. Of course what remains doesn’t reflect the grandeur of ancient times, but with a little help from Google, a compass and friendly locals, I was able to locate a few gems (big ones!). Traveling from east to west, they are Maijishan, Mati Temple and the Mogao Grottoes.
Maijishan @ Tianshui, China
Mati Temple @ Zhangye, China
Mogao Grottoes @ Dunhuang, China
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I came across these sculpted wonders while meandering along a garden path. Each figure elegantly depicts a story of chivalry and unconditional love for one’s parents. Feeling deeply touched, I gave my thanks by bowing three times before their stony feet. Then I rode to the hotel, called my mom and told her how much I loved her.