Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?

The Chinese 'Zodiac' holds a strange fascination for westerners.

The animals of the zodiac are best known as part of the cycle of years.  Years of the Chinese lunar calendar are known as the "Year of the Dragon" or the "Year of the Horse."

We've added a new feature to the Chinatown Directory website to find your Chinese Zodiac sign based on your birthdate.

You can also find out about Chinese New Year celebrations in the largest Chinatowns throughout North America.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The Magic of the California Redwoods

California's redwood forests are a glimpse into a primeval world.  The groves of ancient, towering trees have stood, virtually unchanged, for millennia.

Nestled in the heart of the redwoods is a 31-mile-long stretch of highway, the Avenue of the Giants. This road was originally built as a stagecoach and wagon road in the 1880s, and later became a state highway.

The road was bypassed by the modern Highway 101, leaving the route as a kind of time capsule. Along the avenue you'll find campgrounds and cabins dating back to the 1930's, as well as souvenir shops and attractions like the famous drive-through tree.

There's also a Redwoods Visitor's Center, and dozens of places to picnic and hike.  If you're traveling in Northern California, take the time to drive the Avenue of the Giants; it will add only a couple of hours to your trip.

Better yet, plan on spending a few days to explore the area and enjoy the incredible beauty of the ancient redwoods.