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Santorini woos with perfect sunset, fine dining

IT was midnight when my travel mates and I touched down in Santorini from Athens. Before the trip, my impression of the island was that it would be full of tourists, hotels, souvenir stores, and Chinese ...

June 21, 2017, Wednesday

Herders have settled down and live a better life

EIGHT hundred years after Genghis Khan created the largest empire in human history, his global influence continues today, especially among Chinese Mongolians. Memorial rituals, large and small, take ...

June 21, 2017, Wednesday

Escaping urban frenzy in a seaside excursion

I’M always on the lookout for things to do on the weekend, and sometimes it’s preferable to get out of one of the world’s most populous cities for something a little more low-key. One option is the port ...

June 14, 2017, Wednesday

The Tibetan Quarter in Chengdu is a great blend of tradition and modern

MANY tourists in China find themselves in a dilemma of having to choose from the many places to visit once they realize the geographical proportions of the country that gave birth to equally enormous ...

June 14, 2017, Wednesday

A watertown low in profile, high in aesthetics

OF all the celebrated ancient watertowns of China, Nanxun in the city of Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, may not rank high in familiarity, but its low profile doesn’t diminish its special nature. The history ...

June 7, 2017, Wednesday

A bit of history in the midst of serene beauty

GUHUA Park is an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, a place of water, greenery and rich Chinese culture.  Opened to the public in 1986, the park in the center of Nanqiao Town in suburban Shanghai’s ...

May 31, 2017, Wednesday

TCM museum in US introduces Chinese healing art to Westerners

THE purple cupping dots on the back of legendary American swimmer Michael Phelps during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro helped cast traditional Chinese medicine into the international spotlight. The ...

May 31, 2017, Wednesday

Taishan: From where the world looks small

TAISHAN, or Mount Tai, is one of China’s most sacred mountains. For centuries, emperors climbed it to pay homage to Heaven and Earth. Philosopher Confucius is said to have stood at the towering top, looked ...

May 24, 2017, Wednesday

Head to Yancheng for endangered deer and cranes

WILDLIFE lovers are in for a treat at fauna-rich marshlands of Yancheng. Situated on the central coast of Jiangsu Province, Yancheng (literally “salt city”) is characterized by its tidal landscape that ...

May 17, 2017, Wednesday

Where’s Djibouti? Africa for adventurous travelers

WHEN I received an invitation from Djibouti tourism authorities to visit this Horn of Africa nation, my reaction was probably like that of most people. Where’s Djibouti? Well, it’s a small, Arab- and ...

May 17, 2017, Wednesday


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