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National Geographic Travel

Chilies, Noodles, and Lamb: 11 Must-Eat Dishes in Xi'an From the Muslim Quarter and Beyond

Located at the terminus of the Silk Road and at one time the cultural and political capital of China, the city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province has one of the more interesting culinary histories in China, in no small part due to the influence of its large Muslim population.<p>The old Drum Tower acts as …

Young and Muslim in China’s Tense Far West

KASHGAR, China <b>—</b> As Muslims worldwide immerse themselves in the holy month of Ramadan, which started June 17, Uighurs in China’s far-west region of …

China’s Dickensian Boarding Schools

In the U.S. the words “boarding school” conjure images of children attending class in ivy-covered buildings, eating in oak-paneled dining halls, and …

China
Beijing

See the Real Side of China's Great Wall

A road builder raises a red flag on a hillside in Jinchuan Valley, Gansu Province, China.<br>Fan Shi San<p>1 of 14<p>The Great Wall of China is one of the …

Yushu: A Tibetan Town Rebuilt in Beijing's Image

The monk leans forward and flips through the pictures. They were taken in the autumn of 2009, before the earth shook and the city fell, when we met …

20 China books to read (and 5 to avoid)

<i>Update April 2015 - I've made some changes to this list since it was first published in 2013, to reflect new publications and in the spirit of</i> …

Books

China's oldest drum tower is Zengchong village's beating heart

More than a century before the Declaration of Independence was drafted and about 175 years before California became a state, inhabitants of this southern Chinese village erected an elaborate drum tower.<p>Built without nails, its 11 octagonal tiers stack up like a wedding cake 82 feet tall. Painted …

Communist Party

Guizhou Village

The sun was already low and the air still hot when I arrived at the tall ceremonial gate that led into the village. From the top of the dirt road, my eyes took in a valley in mid-harvest: a patchwork of pale green fields brushed with gold, broken by dark waves of upswept roofs. Against the …

Nature

Imported Glass in Japanese Tomb Identified

KASHIHARA, JAPAN—A dark blue dish and a clear painted bowl recovered together from a fifth-century tomb in Nara Prefecture are evidence of Japan’s …

Beijing Tells Its Residents to Leave Town Ahead of APEC

China’s desire that blue skies and traffic-free streets greet world leaders at a summit in Beijing next week -- after air pollution in the capital …

China Scholars Twitterati 100

Welcome to the China Scholars Twitterati 100, 2014 edition. The following annotated list is an expanded and all-new version of the inaugural list …

National Geographic Travel

New Film Offers New Perspective on Tibet

Zanta and her son Yang Qing. Photo: Jocelyn Ford<p>In Forbes, Eric Meyer profiles Jocelyn Ford, director of the new documentary <i>Nowhere To Call Home</i>, …

30 (more) new books on my Contemporary China reading list

Its that time of year again: Crisp mornings, football on TV and a growing buzz on campus as more and more students return for class. Preparing …

'Witch' tops China box office; 'Continent' approaches $100 million

Bona Film Group is on a hot streak at the mainland China box office with “The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom” claiming the top spot for the second week in a row and "The Continent" approaching $100 million in earnings.<p>"Witch," a fantasy-romance directed by Hong Kong helmer Jacob Cheung and …

Film Industry

Strawberry Banana Bread

Bananas seem to ripen extra-fast during the summer. I use them to make smoothies, popsicles and I even simply pop them into the freezer for later use …

How to Control Depth of Field

Have you ever snapped a portrait then realized the background is too busy? What if you really like the colors, but just need it to be a bit blurrier …

Landscape Photography

6 Essential Lessons in Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers are perhaps amongst the superstars of the photographic world. Their images draw you in, detail the beauty of the natural …

Landscape Photography

Useful Two-Part Beginner Tutorial Will Help You Understand the Basics of Composition

Post-processing and lighting and camera tutorials are all good and well, but none of them are going to do anything for you if you don’t have a good …

Xi Jinping promises neighbours China soft power

<b>Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will never seek to impose its will on other nations, no matter how strong it becomes.</b><p>Mr Xi was speaking in Beijing as he hosted leaders from India and Myanmar (Burma) for a weekend of talks.<p>Many of China's neighbours are embroiled in territorial disputes …

China