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Contributor Mark Stachiew visits Taiwan during the island's annual Lantern Festivals and discovers the events lights up all those involved.

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Gilly Pickup is dazzled by Macau's glittering skyline but finds the city's Old Quarter, with its traditional homes and temples, to be its most fascinating side.

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Marc Atchison gets to cross from Hong Kong to Macau on the new $20 billion (U.S.) Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a project some are calling the newest man-made wonder of the world.

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HONG KONG — The adage “what’s old is new again” certainly applies to this mega metropolis that is constantly evolving — old districts are rejuvenated with new projects to keep up with growing demands.Case in point: West Kowloon.

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Desperate for a deep inhalation of oxygen, I forced myself to put one boot in front of the other to continue up the rocky incline. The sooner we reached the top of the pass, the sooner we could lose altitude on the other side.

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Marc Atchison discovers this southern gateway to Japan's lovely prefecture Hokkaido has much to offer foreigners, whom they've been welcoming since the country's Meiji Era began.

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Patti Shales Lefkos and her husband Barry Hodgins, inspired by Hugh Conway's novel, trek through Nepal looking for the real Shangri-La.

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The island of Hokkaido is a place of fire and ice - lots of volcanoes and plenty of snow. It's a place where skiers from around the world come to enjoy world-class resorts and snow conditions.

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MIRISSA, SRI LANKA — I was shuffling my way along a south coast beach at dusk, kicking up sand and ruminating over love found-then-lost-then-found back in Canada, when I nearly collided with four figures hunched in the dark. Three were human, silent and still. The other bucked and flapped.

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YOGYAKARTA, Java, Indonesia — Java is an island of the unexpected. Located between Sumatra and Bali in Indonesia — the nation with the biggest Muslim population on the planet — Java is home to the world’s largest Buddhist temple, along with a massive Hindu temple complex that rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.