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An Eye-Opening Family Visit to a Chinese Migrant Workers’ School

  • Ethan Gelber and Jane Higgins
  • 14 August 2017

The children of Chinese migrant workers do not necessarily have the same opportunities as resident kids. So many of them attend special schools created for them by their community. This is an eye-opening account of the complex context and experience of an American family’s visit to a Chinese migrant workers’ school.

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Yunnan Ecotourism: A Short Hike to Explore the Fascinating Sights Beyond Lijiang City, China

  • Lily Zhang
  • 30 October 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve been outside the city of Lijiang (Yunnan, China) due to my work schedule. Wenhai village, where the local people still adhere to traditional culture and lifestyle, is located northwest of Lijiang city at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Mount Satseto), the highest mountain in Lijiang.

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Photo of the Week: Locals in Old Beijing, China

  • Anton Jurgens (photo and text)
  • 26 October 2012

While the allure of old Beijing is increasingly overshadowed by progress, there are pockets of life that turn the clock back to the days of rickety bicycles, quiet hutongs with centuries of history to tell, and old men huddled intently and laughing over a game of mahjong, all the while turning endless strands of prayer beads.

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Video Spotlight: 5 Days in Tibet

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 24 August 2012

Tibet is the mythical country of the world’s highest plateau, a dream destination of many travellers. 5 Days in Tibet by James Spradlin takes you through its capital city of Lhasa, mountains, lakes and Buddhist temples to reveal beauty and serenity, but also the everyday reality of the place. This video is more than merely pretty imagery of an exotic place. It transfers emotions, hints at stories, makes your mind wander.

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Photo of the Week: Kyoto Annual Archery Festival, Kyoto, Japan

  • Aaron Davis (Photo and Text)
  • 29 July 2012

Kyoto is a city that lends itself to festivals, and there are numerous possibilities for exploration during these many great festivals due to the honouring of traditions and ancient events. The surreal temple complex of Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto hosts a traditional annual archery festival with a 400-year tradition that includes young women turning 20 in the coming year.

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Video Spotlight: Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 July 2012

Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail is a short film in which an American couple explore the abandoned railway lines of Hokkaido, looking into what’s still out there following widespread rail closures of the 1980s. Travelling through rural Japan via bike, they uncover a lost history that tells a fascinating tale that few outside of Japan itself will ever know.

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Video Spotlight: The Longest Way

  • Paul Tavner
  • 15 April 2012

Often, personal grooming is one the first victims of a long spell of travelling. It’s fair to say that a lot of us tend to take a more ‘pragmatic’ approach when we’re out on the road. After all, that’s what makes proper showers such a prized commodity. This means that sometimes we can all end up looking a bit scruffy. That’s fine, since everyone’s in the same boat and no one’s going to judge you when you flop into your hostel bed at the end of a long day of trekking.

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Photo of the Week: A Ranger in Khustai National Park, Mongolia

  • Ragchaa Batbold (Photo and Text)
  • 12 February 2012

When we got on top of the hill and were enjoying the surrounding natural scenery, we spotted a local horseman approaching us from a distance. I don’t know why, but initially we felt slightly ill at ease, maybe because we were otherwise alone in a complete wilderness.

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The Great Wall of China, a World Heritage Site from the East Coast to the Western Desert

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 6 December 2011

As the Great Wall of China stretches across most of a massive country, its justifiable fame and beauty make it one of the best known of all UNESCO World Heritage sites. The wall, however, is not the same in all places. From the seas of the east to the western deserts of the Hexi corridor, the Great Wall changes and so does the experience of a visit to this massive defensive bulwark. Each part nevertheless provides a new vista of and new justification for its 1987 inclusion on UNESCO’s vaunted list.

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whl.travel Welcomes Travellers to the Mystical Culture and Highlands of Tibet

  • whl travel
  • 28 October 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE. Perched on the roof of the world is the astounding region of Tibet, one of those lands that most people only dream of visiting. whl.travel has partnered with Tibet Travel Professionals, which has been organising complete Tibet travel packages for foreign visitors since 2005, to ensure a memorable and hassle-free trip to this ancient realm.

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