Asia

By Ruth J. Katz I knew it would be a special birthday celebration: I (along with Jack Benny, in spirit) was celebrating yet another anniversary of my 39th natal day and I would be spending it in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with colleagues (they, corporeal). Angkor Wat (“Capital Temple”), long a

By Monique Burns Part 3: Holland America Asia Cruise We’ve sailed seven days aboard Holland America’s ms Volendam, and with another seven to go, my fellow passengers and I are halfway through our 14-day cruise to China, South Korea and Japan.  We’ve crossed Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour aboard a traditional

By Monique Burns Part 2:  Cruising Asia with Holland America En route to Shanghai, on our 14-day Holland America cruise through China, South Korea and Japan, we  leave the great Chinese port of Hong Kong and spend the next two days sailing northeast through the South China Sea and the

By Monique Burns              Part 1: Aboard the Good Ship Volendam Cruising Asia’s sun-dappled seas and moonlit straits on a 14-day journey aboard Holland America, my fellow passengers and I explore the great cities of China, South Korea and Japan.  In Hong Kong, we view Victoria Harbour’s modern skyline from

Story & photos by Cathie Arquilla My son asked, “So, how was India?” I knew I had about two minutes to describe my trip, he was wolfing down Cheerios, about to be late for school.  “It was a hot mess,” I said. Explaining further, it’s super busy and chaotic.  Everyone

[SlideDeck2 id=15143] By Julie Maris/Semel Two tiger cubs squabble and their mother reprimands them with a reverberating ROAR! Like drums resonating through Bandhavgarh National Park, the roar puts every living thing on high alert. The memory of that penetrating sound echoes louder than my first glimpse of a tiger crouching

By John Grossmann Two very different highlights stand out from a recent six-day visit to Taiwan–one natural, the other divinely man-made. China Airlines, which now offers a non-stop overnight flight from JFK to Taipei with fully reclining seats in the business premier section of its persimmon wood paneled Boeing 777

By Everett Potter On a recent Sunday morning, I arose at 4:45 am in the dusty village of Jomsom, Nepal which sits on the northern edge of the Annapurna range at about 9,000 feet. I had spent nearly three weeks traveling around Nepal with Dr. Antonia Neubauer, founder of the

  By Marc Kristal We reach Bharatpur, where our magic bus is to be exchanged for an air-conditioned India Railway car. Bhowani explains that the drive to Ranthambore National Park is many hours long, while the train is relatively quick; the bus, bearing our bags, will rejoin us later that

By   Bobbie Leigh Mao’s classless society is no more. “To get rich is glorious”  Mao’s successor   Deng Xiaping  announced in 1979.  With his  reforms, a new pseudo capitalist program  was initiated and it worked.  Today, some  10,000 entrepreneurs,  each worth  more than 10 million US dollars,  have made China the