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In China, a cremation order has driven some elderly to desperate acts

The so-called funeral reform policy first surfaced in a swirl of rumors and, later, through a terse bulletin posted outside the local government office.<p>Wu Qisi, 94, heard about it from his barber. In response, he decided to die.<p>Wu, a rice farmer, was one of at least seven elderly Anqing residents …

This 'Crazy' Plan Shook Up An 'Old School' Federal Prosecutor's Outlook

Here's what happened when a "tough-as-nails" federal prosecutor worked closely with prisoners in what's called Turning Leaf Project.<p>WASHINGTON -- Sean Kittrell has been a federal prosecutor for more than two decades. He packs a gun in Charleston, South Carolina, where he's known as a "traditional, …

Switzerland Plans to Build a Livable Forest in the Sky

The apartment tower would support more than 100 forms of plant-life.<p>Unless you’re a logging protester or Na'vi, chances are you’re not going to be staying in a tree for a long time. But you could replicate that happy, leafy feeling inside this planned apartment building, which will be overgrown …

Touring On Two Wheels: How To See South Africa On A Segway

There are so many ways to see the diverse and beautiful landscapes of South Africa: From atop a CitySightseeing Bus in Cape Town, from inside a hot air balloon over Pilanesberg Game Reserve, from a traditional rickshaw in Durban, or from the back of a motorbike in Mpumalanga.<p>Or you can forego …

These 17 apps will help you live the dream of traveling around the world while working from wherever you want

That dream might seem too good to be true years ago, but with the growing popularity of working remotely and advances in budget travel options, it has never been easier.<p>Australian app developer David McKinney, for example, converted his van into a mobile office complete with electricity and …

31 dazzling sunsets from around the world

Even the most mundane destinations turn into dazzling dreamscapes at sunset.<p>And when the sun sets on the world's most beautiful landmarks? We'll let …

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30 Places To See Before You're 30

Seeing the world is a surefire way to enrich your life and learn, and some destinations are best visited while in your twenties. Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set. These spots might be more physically challenging or …

Ultimate travel list

A labyrinth of humanity, a jungle-shrouded temple, a head-spinning architectural masterpiece, and the archipelago that prompted Darwin's theory of evolution...<p>That's just a sample of the cultural heavyweights and natural wonders pushing for a place in the top 20 of our list of the world’s ultimate …

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The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Griffith Observatory and Big Sur among '500 best places on the planet' (Sorry, Hollywood sign!)

If your bucket list needs some puffing up, check out this new collection of 500 must-see places from Lonely Planet.<p>The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia came in first on the mega-list voted on by the travel guide company's staff writers and editors. It was a "landslide" choice, a Lonely Planet …

Food Lovers, Take Heed: Rovinj, Croatia, Should Be Next on Your Bucket List

The small Istrian city sits at the heart of a region known for producing the world's best olive oil, wines, and truffles.<p>Rovinj, Croatia, is a small …

Why Riding Down 'The Devil's Nose' Is The Best Way To See Ecuador

We're on board with this.<p>Sometimes the best way to see a country is to ride its tracks.<p>Case in point: Ecuador's Tren Crucero -- or train cruise -- is a luxury train that takes travelers from the Andes to the Pacific ocean (or vice versa, depending on your route) over the course of four days. The …

This app lets you text without Wi-Fi or a data plan anywhere in the world — even on a plane

FireChat is the perfect travel app, allowing users to send and receive text messages entirely without data or internet thanks to something called mesh networking.<p>Basically, mesh networking allows you to communicate wirelessly by bouncing your message from one phone equipped with FireChat (within …

This eerie German colonial village is being slowly buried by desert sands

But knee-deep in the shifting sands of the Namib Desert in Namibia, the abandoned village of Kolmanskop stands as a testament to German colonization of the early 20th century.<p>The town sprung up around a diamond-mining operation and quickly became known as one of the richest towns in southern …

Live Like Royalty -- Even if Only for a Saturday Night

<b>A Château by Night.</b><p>Last night, we decided to escape the heat of the city by leaving Paris for the evening, and it worked -- the temperature was actually a bit lower in the countryside, a relief after a hard day's heat wave.<p>A short 30 minutes hop on the TER train from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon, plus a ride …

27 libraries to visit in your lifetime

Sometimes that's your couch, and sometimes that's a quiet library brimming with great literature.<p>We've rounded up some of the best libraries around the world that offer not only an impressive collection of reading material, but also boast unique architecture.<p>From an 8th-century monastery in …