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China's Hunan offers visitors a 'chili' reception

China's Hunan offers visitors a 'chili' reception

HUNAN, CHINA — The heat was starting to get to me. Not the heat of the day, but rather the heat of the food served in this southern Chinese province noted for its spicy cuisine.
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'Man' who taught Bruce Lee a living legend

'Man' who taught Bruce Lee a living legend

FOSHAN, CHINA - Long before there was a martial arts actor named Bruce Lee, there was a martial arts master called Ip Man.
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Hutong Owners Open Door to China's Past

Hutong Owners Open Door to China's Past

BEIJING - This is a city that changes in the blink of an eye, literally. As an old building disappears in a cloud of demolition dust, a new one appears when the dust clears.
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Climbing to the Top in China's Yangshuo

Climbing to the Top in China's Yangshuo

YANGSHUO, CHINA - My “Huckleberry Fung” adventure starts when I board a small bamboo raft on the banks of the Little Li River in this southeast China outpost. “Fung” is the tall slender man piloting the precarious-looking craft that’s tied together with simple bailing wire. But my Chinese Tom Sawyer assures me the raft is seaworthy before he pushes off from the muddy shore with the aid of a long bamboo pole.
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Going Solo After a Boyfriend Breakup

Going Solo After a Boyfriend Breakup

BANGKOK - When I arrive in Asia, the contents of my luggage includes six pairs of high-heels, two kilograms of jewelry and hundreds of dollars in hair products.
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Bridging the Gap in China's Playful Yibin

Bridging the Gap in China's Playful Yibin

YIBIN, CHINA - I find myself captivated by this city of 4.5 million people that’s nestled in the heart of southern Sichuan province. Yibin is the first city along the mighty Yangtze River at the confluence of the Min River, which adds its flow to the longest river in Asia.
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Digging up Family Roots in China

Digging up Family Roots in China

BEIJING - Thanks to the guidance of my friend Monica and a few other Beijing locals, my second pilgrimage to China’s populous capital (and the cultural centre of my heritage) was infinitely more authentic and rewarding than my first trip here — a mundane bus tour of the city’s tourist traps during my adolescence 13 years ago.
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Shenzhen Resort Sheds New Light on China Golf

Shenzhen Resort Sheds New Light on China Golf

SHENZHEN, CHINA - As the late day November sun begins to dip behind the jagged mountains surrounding Genzon Golf Course, I fear the rapidly fading light will prevent me from completing my round at the best golf complex in China — if not all of Asia.
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Digesting the Pros and Cons of Street Food

Digesting the Pros and Cons of Street Food

BEIJING - I used to eat by the guidebook. Before first travelling to Asia in 2013, I received all the requisite warnings from the local travel clinic — how to avoid malaria, ways to ensure my water was clean for drinking and why I should stay away from street food.
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Capturing Images of Mongolia's "Hourse Power"

Capturing Images of Mongolia's "Hourse Power"

MONGOLIA - North of one of the world’s largest and busiest cities is a vast open land of deep calm, grass and horses. Inner Mongolia is a place to escape my hectic life — and I keep returning to enjoy the vast flat grasslands that give rise to small rolling hills and skies of pristine blue that drift off into the horizon.
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