Asia Pacific

William Edgar Geil on the Great Wall at Luowenyu, June 7, 1908. William Lindesay had thumbed through Geil’s book The Great Wall of China, and was stunned by the photographs, particularly one showing Geil near a tower on a remote section of the wall. Lindesay had a photo of himself in that very spot but noticed that in his the tower was missing.

A Yankee in China

William Lindesay follows the trail of forgotten traveler, William Edgar Geil, the first man to traverse the Great Wall of China

Sun Zhenyuan views preserving the wall as a sacred mission: “If you had an old house that people were damaging, wouldn’t you want to protect it?”

The Great Wall of China Is Under Siege

China’s ancient 4,000-mile barrier, built to defend the country against invaders, is under renewed attack

Polo wrote of men with dogs’ features (a French illustration, c. 1412), among several other fantastic creatures.

Wonders and Whoppers

Following in Marco Polo's footsteps through Asia leads our intrepid author to some surprising conclusions


A Prayer for the Ganges

Across India, environmentalists battle a tide of troubles to clean up a river revered as the source of life


Swamp Ghosts

In Papua New Guinea, a journalist investigates the controversy over a World War II bomber

Outer slope of the Rano Raraku volcano, the quarry of the Moais with many uncompleted statues.

The Mystery of Easter Island

New findings rekindle old debates about when the first people arrived and why their civilization collapsed

A Hindu monk offers a morning prayer along the Ganges River.

India's Holiest City

At Varanasi, Hindu pilgrims come to pray—and to die—along the sacred Ganges River

Sleeping with Cannibals

Our intrepid reporter gets up close and personal with New Guinea natives who say they still eat their fellow tribesmen

The world's tenth longest river, the Lena flows north some 2,700 miles through resource-rich eastern Siberia, where summer high temperatures and winter lows can differ by almost 200 degrees. The area is also home to the largest contiguous forest on earth.

Navigating Siberia

A 2,300-mile boat trip down the Lena River, one of the last great unspoiled waterways, is a journey into Russia's dark past—and perhaps its future as well


Return to Da Lat

A veteran Vietnam correspondent revisits the romantic retreat where he, and so many others, sought respite from war in Indochina

As the supply of Soviet-era lots has dwindled, "cottage villages" have become prized, even though they often sacrifice the traditional dacha's forested charm. "A lot of the appeal is living in a unified social layer," says one broker.

Cabin Fever in Russia

As Muscovites get rich on oil, dachas, the rustic country houses that nourish the Russian soul, get gaudy

"These are my husband's friends. They went hunting one day and came back empty-handed.." 
- Jin Shenghua, 24 
Xuehua village

Visions of China

With donated cameras, residents of remote villages document endangered ways of life, one snapshot at a time


Rescuing Angkor

An unprecedented effort to reclaim the ancient temples from the Cambodian jungle is racing against a tourist onslaught


Korea: A House Divided

Fifty years after the armistice, the two Koreas' legacy of conflict underlies a deepening crisis

Central St. Petersburg, with its scores of palaces (including the Belozersky), has witnessed many crises in Russia's turbulent history.

Russia's Treasure-House

Searching for the past on the eve of St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary, a former foreign correspondent finds the future



Close encounters from Burma to pre-Civil War Manhattan

International conservators have been concerned about Pagan's restorations since 1996, when Burma's ruling junta began cutting corners by whitewashing interior walls , using concrete as mortar and constructing temples, some from the ground up, with new pink brick .

Sacred and Profaned

Misguided restorations of the exquisite Buddhist shrines of Pagan in Burma may do more harm than good


Three Kiwis?

No, dear reader, this isn't Auckland Today

Katu-Yaryk pass

Across the Russian Wilds

Roughing it 5,000 miles, the author and his companions went places few Russians ever see


With Clive in India

He Conquered Bengal, drove the French from India and built a civil service. But was he a savior or plunderer?

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