In Hong Kong, they like to point out that within a five-hour flight of their dazzling international airport, lives half the world’s population. In many ways all other parts of the world are mere suburbs of Asia. And almost everyone who travels there for the first time is overcome with a…   read more

Aomori, Japan
The lively streets are crowded with excited people as they anxiously wait for the festivities to begin.  In the distance, the thunder of large taiko drums, cymbals, and flutes begins to drown out the chatter of the energized spectators.  Haneto dancers dressed in bright colored costumes…   read more

Beijing, China
Beijing, the home of the 2008 summer Olympics is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. This is the second largest city in China and a major transportation hub with railways, roads and motorways. Beijing is considered the cultural, educational and…   read more

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, the largest city and capital of Kyrgyzstan is one of the greenest cities in Central Asia, nestled in the center of the Chu River Valley at the foot of the Ala-Too mountain range. Just because it’s a green city doesn’t mean it can’t be a shopper’s paradise, with…   read more

Busan (Pusan), South Korea
Busan, South Korea is well-known for being “dynamic”, and it embodies this description in every aspect of the word.  Its mild winds are infused by the vibrant colors of culture outpouring their style across the city’s beaches and bustling streets.  Its harbor excitingly…   read more

A country with as much history and land as China cannot be comprehensively absorbed in a single journey. From the great cities in the east to the sprawling wilderness of the west and its Silk Road routes and the mountainous tropical southwest, China offers travelers a complex immersion into its…   read more

Hong Kong, China
In 1997, the world watched Great Britain hand over the keys of its Crown Colony, Hong Kong, to the People’s Republic of China. What was the end of an era for Great Britain was only a new beginning for Hong Kong which has continued to evolve at its usual protean pace. In those days as now,…   read more

It’s hard to find another country with a culture as singular as Japan’s. Art, literature, food, architecture and even Japanese Buddhism are as distinct from the rest of the world as a fully armored samurai is from one of King Arthur’s knights. It seems like all travel to Japan is…   read more

Borat put Kazakhstan on the map. The ninth largest country on earth totaling more than one million square miles, Kazakhstan lies directly between Europe and Asia and has the longest continuous bi-national border in the world (4,030 miles), with Russia. This former Soviet republic was an important…   read more

Boasting some of the highest altitudes and the second largest mountain lake in the world, Kyrgyzstan, located within the continent of Asia, is an eco-tourists paradise. The surreal natural beauty of this country untouched by development boasts beautiful mountains and lakes, majestic glaciers,…   read more

In 2006, Mongolia celebrated the 800th anniversary of its founding by Genghis Khan. Though it’s quite a large country, many Westerners know little about this country which is often mistaken for the Chinese Province of Inner Mongolia.Landlocked, Mongolia has more than 2,000 miles of border…   read more

North Korea
North and South Korea are separated by the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The division began after World War II, but the zone was established following the Korean War. North Korea is a Stalinist dictatorship and its culture is heavily controlled by the government. North Korea travel is restricted to…  read more

Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea, a head-on convergence of past and future, can be a utopian wonderland for travelers. Beyond the surrounding mountain ranges, this Northeast Asian city features World Heritage palaces and massive Buddhist temples. Sprawling parks and untouched traditional hanok neighborhoods giv…   read more