Asia

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by Mark A. Thompson In the pale light of the tropical night, I slipped into the room. A ceiling fan purred the warm air. Outside on the terrace, palm fronds rustled and parted to reveal: a swimming pool illuminated blue on the manicured lawn two floors below. No one floating

Story & photos by Effin Older It was my first trip to China, a 12-day guided tour that included Beijing, Shanghai, The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, and, to my surprise, eye-opening stories from the lives of our three Chinese guides—Abby, Stephanie and Cindy. Besides being experts in China, past and

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By Steve Jermanok Bangkok is a sprawling, congested city and even when you arrive at the major sights like the Royal Palace and Wat Arun, they tend to be overcrowded. That’s why you need to take it slow, not place too many items on your itinerary, and stay at a

By Gary Walther Day 1: Monday, March 25, Sydney It’s been overcast and intermittently rainy, perfect weather for holing up on the Europa 2 and recovering from the very long flight: New York-Munich-Doha-Sydney. At one point I had to look at my watch to know what day it was. My

By Monique Burns Great capitals go in and out of fashion.  Take Nanjing.   For decades, the city has been eclipsed by Beijing,  China’s political capital, 600 miles north.   Shanghai, China’s ultramodern business capital, 200 miles east, has stolen the spotlight, too, with 21st-century skyscrapers and 19th-century European landmarks along its

By Monique Burns   With super–tall skyscrapers and a booming economy, Shanghai is Asia’s answer to the 23rd century. But China’s high–tech showcase hasn’t forgotten its roots.  Take Yuyuan Garden with pavilions and plantings based on centuries–old landscape designs. Or the riverside Bund with elegant buildings from the 1920s and 1930s

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