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Red Soil, Greener Pastures: The Sun Sets in the Red Lands

Red Soil, Greener Pastures: The Sun Sets in the Red Lands

The old man had wrinkled skin that was weather-beaten from years spent working in the fields and seemingly possessed no teeth.  “I’ve been sitting in the same spot, every day, for the last 10 years,” he said, through my translator.  He told us about his 10 children.  They had all moved to the city, lured […]

Chinese Food: The Need-to-Knows

Chinese Food: The Need-to-Knows

So, you think you know Chinese food? The ubiquitous cuisine we in the west consider to be Chinese accounts for only a tiny percentage of the vast array of dishes represented by this huge country’s many regions. In truth, the tastes, flavors, textures and recipes vary as widely and broadly as the dialects, cultures and […]

Asia with kids

Asia with kids

Traveling with the kids, whether they’re tiny tots or troublesome teens, can be fraught with hassle: there’s so much to consider, from getting the right vaccinations to packing all the essentials. But, it’s worth it: nothing is more edifying for young minds and more bonding for a family than exploring new places together, and for […]

Asia’s Best Food Destinations

Asia’s Best Food Destinations

From quaint sidewalk stalls and hip eateries to the rarefied ambiance of Michelin-starred restaurants, Asia’s epicurean offerings are as delightful and varied as its spectacular geography. Market visits and cooking classes pop up in our itineraries regularly, and for good reason – the procuring, making and sharing of meals is at the very heart of […]

Off the Grid in Yunnan: Lijiang to Shangri La

Off the Grid in Yunnan:  Lijiang to Shangri La

I recently took a trip to Yunnan, upon which I did as I always do, and strayed as far off the tourist trail as possible. What followed were some of the most incredible memories I’ve ever made in China.