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A one-way trip to Hong Kong that's lasted seven years

As many of her friends settled down, Sabrina Iovino opted out of the rat race and began a life of full-time travel.<p>Surrounded by young, good-looking backpackers in Bangkok, Thailand, I made up my mind: once I got back home to Germany, I was going to quit my job and travel the world.<p>It was 2007, and …

Hong Kong

The last unexplored side of the Serengeti

Off-limits for more than two decades, eastern Serengeti's remote Soit Le Motonyi region is newly accessible to visitors – and quickly gaining a reputation as a hot spot for big cats.<p>Wildlife-rich Serengeti is deservedly Tanzania's most popular park, but with that celebrity comes a catch: crowds. …


Following the Silk Road to the end of China

Stanley Stewart travels across the wilds of Central Asia, not for gold or conquest, trade or empire, but to explore the outer fringes of the imagination.<p>In the wilds of Central Asia, the pleasures of the former Russian consulate in Kashgar can hardly be overstated.<p>A century ago the old consulate …

Silk Road

Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

Technology yields new insight into how a Chinese emperor produced an army for eternity within his tomb.<p>China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was a man haunted by death.<p>In 246 B.C. the adolescent ruler commissioned a massive tomb furnished with everything he'd need for the next life, including an …

2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

Austria’s unlikely dive spot

Each spring, snowmelt floods Green Lake park, submerging benches and trails, and transforming the pastoral scene into an icy underwater world.<p>In Tragöß, Austria, a walk in the park is anything but – at least for part of the year.<p>Each spring, the snowmelt from the nearby Hochschwab Mountains causes …

Scuba Diving

Meteo, neve a bassa quota. Gelo da Nord Atlantico e Siberia. Sarà un Capodanno bianco

Allerta della Protezione Civile: "Condizioni avverse a nord e centro". Primi fiocchi a Milano, Verona e Torino. E a gennaio forti nevicate in …

Father Christmas' Mediterranean island escape

Little is known about the neglected, earthquake-shattered buildings on Turkey’s mysterious Gemiler Adasi, the island where St Nicholas escaped persecution in the 4th Century.


Return to Sri Lanka, 10 years after disaster struck

When Tal Abbady first visited the Sri Lankan town of Hikkaduwa, it was reeling from the devastating Boxing Day tsunami. This year she returned to see how it has changed.<p>The sound of reassurance can be many things. On the outskirts of one Sri Lankan town, it’s the noise of villagers rhythmically …

Asia Travel

Living in: The world’s most eco-friendly cities

What’s it like to live in a city committed to environmental protection and sustainable development? The answer might make you green with envy.<p>From offering plentiful bike paths and thriving farmers’ markets to ensuring cleaner air, a city’s environmental efforts don’t just help the planet – they …