From Orange Walk, Belize, a boat trip down the New River takes me to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai where the Mask Temple and several other pyramids have been discovered.
While wandering through the streets of Niigata, Japan, I stumble upon a shrine decorated with these intricate lanterns.
After an overnight train ride, I make my way to the ancient city of Pingyao, China, as the sun rises behind the old city walls.
Anapji, an artificial pond, and the surrounding pavilions were once part of the ancient Silla palace complex in Gyeongju, South Korea.
After an hour-long climb up the mountain, this is a better view of the Bodhidharma statue than if I stayed down in the valley and looked through one of the telescopes at the Shaolin Temple, Songshan, China.
Making my way to Matsue Castle, I pause for a moment at this quiet stretch of the outer wall in Matsue, Japan.
The fiery mane of this Chinese guardian lion makes it look especially fearsome, and a bit otherworldly, at its post inside the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.