China (12th Edition) (Country Travel Guide) by Damian Harper, Daniel McCrohan, Shawn Low
By Damian Harper, Daniel McCrohan, Shawn Low
“Antique but up to the moment, primary but unrecognizable, outwardly city yet quintessentially rural, conservative but path-breaking… China is a land of enchanting and eye-opening contradictions.” – Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer
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11 intrepid authors
76 temples & monasteries
100s of noodle spots
Clear, easy-to-use maps
Hong Kong & Beijing pull-out map
Special nice Wall feature
Comprehensive making plans tools
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Beautiful blooms of the north displayed on floral float parades. Kite Flying Season (Feb–Apr), Sanam Luang, Bangkok. Colorful displays and kite flying contests. Makha Bucha (Feb full moon). Third of the year’s major Buddhist 55 festivals. Merit-making and candlelit processions at temples. Public Holidays Western New Year’s Day (Jan 1) Makha Bucha (Feb or Mar full moon) Chakri Day (Apr 6) Thai New Year – Songkran (Apr 13-15 ) Labour Day (May 1) Coronation Day (May 5) Royal Plowing Ceremony (early May) Visakha Bucha Day (May full moon) Asanha Bucha and Khao Phansa (Jul full moon) Queen’s Birthday (Aug 12) Chulalongkorn Day (Oct 23) King’s Birthday (Dec 5) Constitution Day (Dec 10) Western New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) INTRODUCING THAILAND 57 THE HISTORY OF THAILAND The history of Thailand is that of an area rather than of a single nation, and over the centuries numerous peoples have made their home in this region.
Numerous festivals, to celebrate of the end of the rains, afford a period of relaxation before rural activity climaxes with the rice harvest in December and January. November Golden Mount Fair (first week), Bangkok. Thailand’s largest temple fair, held at the foot of the Golden Mount. Elephant Roundup (third week), Surin. Annual spectacle honoring the many and varied roles played by the elephant in Thailand’s development (see p282). More than 150 elephants take part in displays of forestry skills and a mock battle.
44 INTRODUCING THAILAND The Ramakien The Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana, is an allegory of the triumph of good over evil. The hero, Rama, is a paragon of virtue – the ideal king. The villain, the demon king Tosakan, is a tragic character of great dignity. This epic tale is thought to have become established after the Thais occupied Angkor in the 15th century. It has been an inspiration for painting and classical drama. All the Chakri kings have taken Rama as one of their names, and the old capital of Ayutthaya (see pp180–85) was named after Ayodhya, a fictional kingdom in the story.