Inspirational Images of Asia

18 April 2013
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From the rice paddies of Bali to the sweeping vistas of the Great Wall of China and onto the natural beauty of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam; there are many iconic images in Asia. Here at Flight Centre, we thought we'd unlock the lens cap on some images that were captured by our team while travelling through this fascinating continent.

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The Sultan Abdul Samad Building captured by Ian Mckibben

Ian Mckibben, who works within the Air Department of Flight Centre, was in Malaysia for a conference. One of the team building activities was a mock "Amazing Race," where various teams were required to "race" around Kuala Lumpur, ticking off various tasks and accumulating points. Outside the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the teams were required to eat a Century Egg. "I had to eat the Egg. It doesn't look too pleasing to the eye but it wasn't too bad. I'm actually quite fond of them but I didn't tell anyone at the time. I then looked up at the building. I was struck by how the Islamic architecture was accentuated by the Malaysian flags, which were symmetrically draped along the facade. There is so much history connected to the building including the declaration of the independence of Malaysia."

 

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The Taj Mahal captured by Sharon Wellings

Sharon Wellings, who's based in Brisbane, took a four week Intrepid Tour through India and Nepal. "It was late afternoon and I was worried I'd miss the afternoon glow of the Taj Mahal. Getting through the busy entry was tough as there were so many people trying to get into the grounds. When you enter this way, the sight of this incredible structure hits you. It really gives you goose bumps. The silhouettes of the people in the entry against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal's beautiful marble caught my eye. It's one of those moments you don't forget.

 

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The Hoi An Central Market captured by Olivia Mair

Olivia Mair travelled through Vietnam with a friend for a couple of weeks. During their adventure they managed to utilise many modes of transportation including planes, trains, automobiles and even a boat and the occasional cyclo. After a particularly energetic day's journey, the duo found themselves in the beautiful town of Hoi An. "I was in Hoi An exploring the old town when I stumbled across the Central Market.  I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colours of the fresh food and the excitement of vendors and locals haggling furiously.  These women caught my attention sitting patiently on the ground with their home grown greens amongst the hustle and bustle."

 

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Osaka captured by Stephen Bullock

Stephen Bullock, a consultant based in Narellan, took a whirlwind tour of Japan. "This photo was taken in Osaka - in the main shopping district. I was on a bridge and the Japanese locals seemed to be lining up to get a shot here - so I thought I'd join them! This is an HDR photograph; so it's in fact three photographs merged into one, so you get a great effect."

 

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A Snow Monkey captured by Cameron McLeod

A keen snowboarder, Cameron McLeod spent a couple of days exploring the sights of Tokyo before hitting the slopes of Nagano. "This snow monkey was perched on a rock overlooking a natural thermal rock pool in Nagano, in which several juvenile monkeys were bathing to escape the bitter cold from the surrounding snowy mountains. The paternal mannerisms of this elder monkey and his wizened human-like face drew my attention. As soon as he saw me and my camera, he slowly moved to the edge of the rock and assessed me. I was aiming to capture that amazingly expressive face of a grandfather - a combination of protective curiosity, reserved observation and quiet dominance."

 

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Cheewaka Komarapach captured by Simon Collier-Baker

Development Team Leader Simon Collier-Baker had been relaxing on a beach in Phuket for a week before heading to the Thai capital. "The Grand Palace is one of the many things to  see in Bangkok.  We didn't take a guided tour we just bought a ticket and wondered around on our own looking at all the different statues and temples.  The temple of the Emerald Buddha is probably the main attraction in the palace. This photo stands out because it is a rather unique statue.  Most of the statues in the palace are of the Buddha or warriors and are brightly coloured. However this statue, of the Hermit Doctor Cheewaka Komarapach, looks more realistic to me and isn't as grand.  Also the figure's face seems almost mischievous rather than serine like the Buddha's."

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The Terracotta Warriors captured by Jade Webb

Jade Webb, a consultant in Victoria, decided to take an On the Go tour to select Chinese cities. "With the tour we explored Beijing and then we took the overnight train to Xi'an. It was an incredible experience to view such the large number of warriors in the actual pits that they were buried in. It was surreal to see them with my own eyes. I couldn't resist the urge to take 'hundreds' of photos of these incredible structures. This is one of my favourite."

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Taking a Pilgrimage in Tibet captured by Kylie Schreiber

Kylie Schreiber, Manager of the Caroline Springs Store in Victoria, took an epic seven month overland expedition from London to Singapore. After travelling through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan she found herself in Tibet. Kylie was keen to witness the Potala Palace pilgrimage that many locals enjoy each day. "This lady was spinning her prayer wheel and chanting prayers to the powers above but she looked so happy, smiling to everyone as they walked by. It's an amazing place with so much devotion to their culture; it was beautiful to see.

 

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A Baby Monkey captured by Katrina Imbruglia

Katrina Imbruglia was enjoying a lazy afternoon at Ubud's Monkey Forest, which is one of her favourite spots in Bali. "I could spend hours in the dappled sunlight watching the temple monkeys. A few macaques were holding a crèche with the impish babies wrestling and chasing each other while the mothers sat impassively watching. The smallest baby was particularly cheeky, climbing on his mother's back and hitting her with sticks. When she'd had enough of his rough and tumble, she yanked him by the tail and tucked him in against her belly. I took this photo as he peered out, suitably chastened."

 

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The Great Wall of China captured by Alicia Flewelling

As day trip from Beijing, Alicia Flewelling took a sunrise hike along the Great Wall of China. "After our three mile, strenuous hike was complete, I turned around to see what I had just accomplished and saw the beauty of the Great Wall. The pure beauty of what I was looking at was breathtaking. One of the main reasons I loved this shot was because you can see just how the wall was built along the natural mountainous landscape. I feel this picture really captures everything I was feeling, which was pure elation and beauty. Although the hike was long and tiring, it was well worth it to be able to look back and see what was captured in the image."

 

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Boy in Mumbai captured by Talia Schutte

Talia Schutte was holidaying in India. "This image was taken in Mumbai at a religious temple in the Tardeo area. It was a humid morning and the temple was preparing for their morning rituals of distributing Sindoor (the orange powder used in their rituals). I stood in amazement - at the organised flurry of events that unfolded before me - trying to capture an image of the process. As I turned around, I saw this young boy inquisitively trying to see what I was doing. It was a perfect moment and a balance between religion, faith, harmony and the pure innocence of a young child all rolled into one."

 

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