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Macau: more than just the Asian Vegas

Beyond the glitz is a 400-year-old melting pot of East and West.

Macau has gained a reputation in recent years as a gambling mecca – “the Asian Las Vegas.” However, beneath the glitz and neon is a vibrant Portuguese-Chinese fusion culture and a former trading post with ...

China's Tiger Leaping Gorge

Dramatic vistas throughout this UNESCO Heritage Site in Yunnan province.

Mention China and the first image in your mind is likely the Great Wall. Or Mao’s portrait at Tiananmen Square. Or maybe the Shaolin Temple. It’s not likely, though, to be the Tiger Leaping Gorge ...

Ten days from Cairo to Beijing

Russia, Mongolia and China via the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Russia is one of the most challenging countries in which to travel on a budget. Oh sure, your ruble might still go a pinto’s puff further out on the street than your yen, but you’ll ...

A night at the (Chinese) opera

This Beijing performance art may be an acquired taste...

“Tonight we will see living national treasures!” our guide, Bao Chui, announced dramatically while poking his chopsticks around our noodle lunch in Beijing. To the uninitiated, the Beijing Opera can be either a dazzling visual ...

Magic lives in Kanas

It doesn't get much more foreign than here.

Magic lives in a remote corner of China. In the northwestern corner of the country, where a bony finger of land divides the land from Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, the traveler will find myth, legend ...

Shanghai's Hidden Garden

Venture past the crowds to get lost in Yuyuan.

Tucked away in Old Shanghai City lies Yuyuan Garden, a five-acre oasis in the midst of an otherwise sprawling metropolis. It's only a short walk from Line 10 of the Shanghai Metro, and you’ll be ...

Kanas, China: Following Genghis Khan

See ancient monoliths erected by Khan's Mongol army.

In the northwestern corner of China, where a pointed finger of land pokes into Russia and separates Kazakhstan from Mongolia, the last physical remains of the army of Genghis Khan stand watch. The area is ...

Xi'ian's Silent Army

Once in a great while, the simplest of acts, even performed inadvertently, can have far-reaching effects. In Xi'an, China, there is a massive army that has stood in silent formation for more than two-and-a-half thousand ...

Giving Face in Kashgar

It was my final day in Kashgar, China. I had all the photos I needed and was ready for a good meal before catching my flight out, when I noticed a tiny man sitting outside, ...

Thirsting for Knowledge in Macau

A visit to the city's Wine Museum.

In the former Portuguese colony of Macau, the tourist office pamphlet promoting the wine museum offered an incredible enticement. Admission with wine tasting costs 15 Macau patacas (U.S. $2), and “of the new wines, about ...

Go Hiking in Hong Kong

The breathtaking skyline of Hong Kong ranks in the top five of the world's most stunning cityscapes. Hop onto a 23-minute train ride from the airport to Hong Kong station, and from there take a ...

Hong Kong: The Number One Wanchai Rule

A cautionary tale about red light district etiquette.

A female undercover cop in Neptune, the notorious subterranean disco in Wanchai’s red light district, pulled out her badge and shouted over the band at my well-served friend. “Excuse me, sir. Did you just say, ...

Another Hong Kong Afternoon

A Chinese Gollum squatting on a concrete stool Savors a secondhand cigarette butt And searches the sacred text of his racing form For a path to redemption. In a nearby meat shop, a bloody-shirted man ...

Bustling Hong Kong

If you enjoy shopping, eating, bustling cities or all of the above, then Hong Kong’s your destination. With towering state-of-the-art skyscrapers and authentic Southern Chinese culture, Hong Kong is the manifestation of East meets West. ...

Magnet School Students Fly to China

Barnard Elementary School-located at 2930 Barnard Street in the Midway District recently returned from a trip to China. The Mandarin Chinese K-6 magnet school forged an official sister school alliance with the 65-year old Chongqing ...