China, Day 17: A Sea of Bamboo

In South Sichuan lies one of the largest concentrations of bamboo in the world. The Shunan Bamboo Sea (蜀南竹海) covers 120 square kilometers of land and contains more than 100 tourist destinations within.

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China, Day 11: Jinli Historic Town

Yesterday, Day 10, was the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. Traditionally, this day is spent with family, so we didn’t go anywhere.

Today, we went to the Jinli Historic Town, a site dating back to the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). Back then, it was one of the busiest streets and an important center for commerce. The architecture of the site today closely represents that of the original town, but contains a mix of traditional and modern building occupants.

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Locked yourself out with iThemes Security/Better WP Security Auto Away? No problem!

A couple months ago, I got the iThemes Security WordPress plugin and set the auto-away mode from 12:00am to 6:00am. After all, I’m asleep at those times and it would make no sense to keep my admin login and backend open at these times. Or so I thought. There were nights where I would stay up late, and just recently on my trip to China, I was locked out in the middle of the local time of day!

Obviously in this situation, it’s not possible to unlock yourself by going to your WordPress admin, because it’s locked down. You’ll have to dig into your site’s files, via an FTP client or SSH. When you get to the plugin’s files, one line of code will disable the auto-away lockout until you can change the settings.
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China, Day 9: The Tower

In Seattle, we have the 605-feet tall Space Needle, world famous for being the centerpiece of the 1962 World’s Fair. Chengdu’s answer to the Space Needle is the 1,112-foot-tall West Pearl Tower. Home to Sichuan Radio and Television, the tower has been in existence for 8 years — younger than the Space Needle — but only opened its observation deck to the public last year.

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China, Day 8: The largest building in the world!

Just last year (2013), Chengdu saw the opening of the world’s largest building by floor space, the gigantic New Century Global Center. Its main fixture is the New Century Global Mall, which occupies the center of the complex.

We woke up this morning to take the Chengdu Metro Line 1, to the center. Chengdu currently has two metro lines, one going east-west, the other going north-south. When completed, the Chengdu Metro will have 8 lines in total, providing high-speed transit service to nearly the whole city.

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