Asia

  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

  What are the best countries – the happiest and the safest – for solo travelers? Here’s what I discovered after crunching some numbers for Travel + Leisure …

At the border with India and Pakistan. Story and photos by Kristin Rust Americans today may not associate Pakistan with any kind of fun, but fun is to be had at the only India/Pakistan border road crossing, where tourists can experience a madcap event in a tiny corner of the

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Sakata Kaido–maru Wrestles with a Giant Carp, c. 1837. None other than Frank Lloyd Wright once owned a print. Color woodblock print, 14 7/8 x 10 ¬ in. American Friends of the British Museum -The Arthur R. Miller Collection-. Photo   Trustees of the British Museum. Reviewed by Bobbie

Reviewed by Richard West Recall  the popular chin-stroking adage about Hong Kong when the British returned it to the Chinese in 1997: "past imperfect, present tense, future conditional." It immediately came to mind regarding Sri Lanka after I finished reading Not Quite Paradise, Adele Barker's interesting account of living and

  A vintage Citroen in front of the The Metropole Sofitel in Hanoi. When you wake up in a large room in The Metropole Sofitel Hanoi and sun is streaming in from the garden, it’s already a perfect day. When your room-mates are snoring or buried beneath their down or

View of Nilgiri and Annapurna range from The Red House. Photo by Everett Potter. The Red House Lodge Kagbeni, Nepal     The village of Kagbeni, Nepal, is an ancient trading town on the old salt route between Nepal and Tibet. The town is a warren of mud-walled buildings, some topped

Jeff Greenwald is a veteran traveler, journalist, author (Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World) and arguably the most persuasive guy around for ethical travel. In fact, he co-founded Ethical Traveler, “a global community dedicated to exploring the ambassadorial potential of world travel.” I heard Jeff speak at the

Vajrayogini Mandala, Tibet; 18th century, Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Just as painted Russian icons are not intended to be  solely artistic  representations of  saints, but objects of meditation and veneration, mandalas   — at least for the initiated —  are   magic windows, pathways to  the deepest

Reviewed by Richard West "Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. The mountains are in labor, and a silly mouse will be born." Well said, Horace, in your "Epistles, Book Two," but times have changed. Actually it's a Bosavi woolly rat, the world's largest (32" long, 3 lbs.), one of  40 new