Articles for Asia

Iraq Selling Five Boeing Jets (Slightly Used, War-Torn)

Iraq Selling Five Boeing Jets (Slightly Used, War-Torn) October 13, 2010 | Asia, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Readers of Al-Rai, an Arabic daily newspaper owned by the Jordanian government, were treated to an intriguing offer in Tuesday’s edition. “Iraqi Airways wants to sell three Boeing 727-200s and two Boeing 707s which are currently located at [Jordan’s] Queen Alia International Airport,”...

Taiwan to Motorists: Yield to Crabs

Taiwan to Motorists: Yield to Crabs October 13, 2010 | Asia, Eco-Travel, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Taiwan’s Kenting National Park is home to at least 30 different species of land crab. Peak spawning season is between July and November, when countless female crabs crawl to the coastal part of the park, at the very southern tip of the island nation. Unfortunately, all those crabs must negotiate...

Japanese Robot Shows Ultra Marathons Not Just For Humans

Japanese Robot Shows Ultra Marathons Not Just For Humans October 4, 2010 | Japan, Offbeat, Tokyo, Travel News | Read More
To promote Panasonic’s Evolta batteries, a tiny robot has started walking from Tokyo to Kyoto– a journey of about 300 miles (500 km) that is expected to take about 49 days to complete. The Evolta robot is only 7 inches tall and weighs just 2.2 pounds, but it already has a place in the Guinness...

Resort Enables Gamers to Vacation With Virtual Girlfriends

Resort Enables Gamers to Vacation With Virtual Girlfriends September 9, 2010 | Japan, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
The beach resort town Atami, located about an hour from Tokyo, was Japan’s most popular romantic destination thirty or forty years ago. But with tourism down 40% since the 1970s, the town is tapping into an entirely new market of romantic vacationers — men so enthralled with Konami’s...

Eight Bottles, $107,000: Dubai Duty Free Makes Record Sale

Eight Bottles, $107,000: Dubai Duty Free Makes Record Sale September 9, 2010 | Asia, Travel News | Read More
One Sunday last month, a customer walked into the Le Clos fine wine and luxury spirits boutique in Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, picked out eight bottles of wine and paid $107,000.  The store thinks it’s the biggest retail sale in the history of wine. It’s also believed...

Fake Booze Alert: Knockoff Aussie Wines Found in China

Fake Booze Alert: Knockoff Aussie Wines Found in China September 2, 2010 | Australia, China, Travel News | Read More
Emanuel Skorpos runs a small winery in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.  When he heard from Hong Kong’s Wine Protection Group that counterfeit versions of his wine and other Australian wines were being sold in China, he jetted off to investigate.  Sure enough, Skorpos found knockoff versions...

Hong Kong Set to Become Premiere Spot for Wine Auctions

Hong Kong Set to Become Premiere Spot for Wine Auctions June 25, 2010 | Hong Kong, Travel News | Read More
In a not-so-surprising turn of events, according to Decanter Hong Kong is on pace to become the premiere wine auction hub in the world. The United States previously held this coveted spot, but with so many American winos unwilling to shell out top-dollar for wine during a recession (wine sales in America...

Inspired by India: Couple Uses Facebook To Guide Their Journey, Write Book

Inspired by India: Couple Uses Facebook To Guide Their Journey, Write Book June 21, 2010 | India, Travel News | Read More
As various philosophers and cultural theorists of the past have decried the influx and inundation of technology on the psyche of contemporary society, a few people actually manage to make good on the hegemony of technological progress. Take, for example, 26 year-old Devapriya Roy and 28 year-old Saurav...

Water Traps: Low-Budget Safety Method Keeps Bus Drivers in Check

Water Traps: Low-Budget Safety Method Keeps Bus Drivers in Check June 2, 2010 | China, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Making its way across the internet over the past week is a story out of Changsha, Hunan province, China. Home to over six million people and the Longxiang Public Bus Company, customer complaints have led the company to employ a head-slappingly simple system to keep drivers soft on the gas and light on...

Animals On View And On Menu at Beijing Zoo

Animals On View And On Menu at Beijing Zoo May 28, 2010 | Beijing, Eco-Travel | Read More
Most zoos preach conservation and education, justifying displaying wild animals as a powerful learning tool that protects species in the wild.  At the Beijing Zoo, however, visitors can not just view exotic wild animals, they can eat them at the Bin Feng Tang restaurant right in the park.  The menu...