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Tips and Articles in China

For wellness-seekers, the goal isn't just the outward journey, but the inward one as well: travel as one part recreation, one part re-creation. Higher-minded resorts from Hong Kong to Brazil are answering the call, providing an escape from life's ...
TOWER OF PISA FINDS ITS FOOTING Officials Plan a Dubious Debut Pisa's landmark campanile is finally on solid ground. On June 17, a preview and gala is set to mark the rechristening of the 180-foot tower that, since its construction, has seemed re...
In 1992 I left Delhi and began living in a small village in the Indian Himalayas. It was spring when I arrived. I got up every cloudless morning and walked out onto the balcony of my cottage to see the white mountains toward the east straining hig...
Before my first trip to China, in 1983, I was warned that the food would be terrible, and it more than met expectations: greasy, gristly, dismal, prepared with that brutal indifference Communism seemed to celebrate, and served up gray and ...
Shanghai, China's largest city, has a population of more than 13 million; countless shops, stores, malls, and street markets sprawl over the city's nearly 2,500 square miles. But it's easy enough to find the absolute epicenter of Shanghai's consum...
Named for the Central district complex it's built above, the glass-sheathed, 113-room Landmark Mandarin Oriental elevates hotel style both figuratively and literally. Masculine guest rooms (zebrano and ebony cabinetry, wenge-wood floors) b...
Films are big business in Mainland China—though not the sort shown at multiplexes. The cinema tradition that's making a comebackis the drive-in theater. Sparked both by the rise in car ownership among the Chinese middle class and by the SARS epide...
Beijing's HouHai Lake has been a favorite of picnickers and poets for decades. Recently, a fresh crop of inventive restaurants has sprouted beside the old Lotus Lane teahouses. Locals rave about the mango smoothies and soya-based coffees at Kosmo ...
My wife and I are going to China in the spring. Can you recommend a few affordable tours? —C.D., VIA E-MAIL The 13-day Yangtze River Splendors trip offered by Orient Flexi-Pax Tours (800/545-5540; www.isram.com; from $2,685 per person, including ...
We all look forward to the New Year to get a fresh start, make resolutions, and of course to peer into our crystal ball and figure out what will happen this year. The year past saw some pretty interesting developments in the world of travel: the ...
Kristi Elborne “Last fall, I traveled to Lijiang, in China’s southernmost region, to see the Naxi, descendants of  Tibetan nomads and one of the world’s only remaining matriarchal societies. Eighty-year-old women sat drying crab apples, their fac...
The capital city’s traditional—and quickly vanishing—hutong neighborhoods come to life in Michael Meyer’s memoir The Last Days of Old Beijing (Walker & Company, $25.99). In Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper (W.W. Norton & Company; $24.95), Brit...
Beijing Noteworthy newcomers include the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing, with its traditional Chippendale furniture, and its sleeker cousin, the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street; the Raffles Beijing Hotel, which occupies an early-1900’s French-Asia...
Let Shanghai have its buzz and Singapore its rich mix of ethnic cuisines. The sophistication of the Cantonese palate, the islanders' obsession with tradition and quality, and the boom in restaurants specializing in dishes from across China—not to ...
The first modern art exhibition I ever saw in Beijing was at the former house of a Ming-era court eunuch named Wang Zhen, who was known for being especially corrupt in a court famous for its corruption. After gaining the confidence of the young em...