Mt. Kawagebo

Buddhist sculpture and art

Shangri-La dreaming

As another summer draws to a close, we find our mind drifting to one of our favorite places to enjoy fall scenery in China – Shangri-La and the surrounding Tibetan areas. Although it is doubtful...
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Ethnic Minorities of China

Lonely Planet’s China Guide: Good-looking, but mediocre

I was very impressed by the beginning of the Lonely Planet China Guide book. “The Best of China” page offered a quick summary of the classic highlights of the country that one should never miss...
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Chinese door in Hutong alley

The Magic of Mt. Kawagebo and Yubeng

At 1 am Beijing time this past Saturday, I received this email below from my colleague, Sunshine. I am used to his quick email responses to my last detailed request for a flight or a...
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Imperial dragon patterns

Revisiting “China’s Magic Melting Mountain”: A frank look at tourism in Yunnan

When reading Orville Schell’s recent article in Conde Nast Traveler, “China’s Magic Melting Mountain,” readers might notice that the destinations in Yunnan he describes seem rather, well, touristy. Schell is quick to outline the realities...
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