Articles for Asia

Guinea Pig Mountaineers: Scientists Study 35 Climbers on Mount Muztagh Ata

Guinea Pig Mountaineers: Scientists Study 35 Climbers on Mount Muztagh Ata May 25, 2010 | Active/Outdoors, China | Read More
Five years ago, Dr. Konrad E. Bloch, of the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland, was 50 and had only limited climbing experience, but he wanted to study high altitude related illnesses.  So Bloch and his colleagues recruited 35 healthy climbers for a trip that was half adventure travel, half...

New Species Discovered In Indonesian New Guinea

New Species Discovered In Indonesian New Guinea May 20, 2010 | Eco-Travel, Indonesia, Travel News | Read More
More than a dozen new species discovered in the remote Foja Mountains of Indonesian New Guinea will be featured in the June issue of National Geographic.  The finds were during a November 2008 exhibition. A team of 17 scientists and 30 local naturalists were dropped off by helicopter to spend four weeks...

Japanese Couple First To Be Married By Robot

Japanese Couple First To Be Married By Robot May 18, 2010 | Tokyo, Travel News | Read More
Ah, technology. You cook our food, you operate our cities, and now, willing couples are even able to get married in a ceremony conducted by a robot. And that’s just what Japanese couple Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inouye did at a Tokyo restaurant on Sunday, May 16th. The four-foot tall robot dubbed...

India’s Laughter Clubs LOL For Health

India’s Laughter Clubs LOL For Health May 11, 2010 | India, Travel News | Read More
In 1995, Dr. Madan Kataria founded the first Laughter Club in Bombay, and laughter clubs soon spread throughout India.  For a 2006 BBC segment, Monty Python alum (and transcontinental taxi rider) John Cleese met with Dr. Kataria and visited several clubs, including one for imprisoned murderers, rapists...

Crying Babies, Sumo Wrestlers, and Buddhist Monks

Crying Babies, Sumo Wrestlers, and Buddhist Monks May 5, 2010 | Offbeat, Tokyo | Read More
If you’re a parent looking to promote the health of your infant or toddler, you might want to make some travel arrangements for next Spring to visit Tokyo and the ‘Nakizumo Festival,’ which happens annually at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. The Sensoji Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan,...

Indian Government Bans Bengal Tiger Tourism

Indian Government Bans Bengal Tiger Tourism May 3, 2010 | India, Travel News | Read More
As many will attest to – few things are more beautiful than seeing a ferocious beast in its natural environment, going about its daily activities under the watchful eyes of tourists and their guides. However, the beauty of this kind of ecological tourism, especially in regards to the rare and impressive...

Shanghai World Expo Premiere: What to Expect

Shanghai World Expo Premiere: What to Expect April 30, 2010 | Around the World, Shanghai | Read More
The Shanghai 2010 World Expo started today and is one of the most exciting World Expos to date, as well as the largest and the one with the most anticipated attendees! With a lot to prove, Shanghai has pulled out all the stops on their “Better City: Better Life” campaign to make Shanghai glisten...

China Lifts HIV/AIDS Entry Ban For Foreign Travelers

China Lifts HIV/AIDS Entry Ban For Foreign Travelers April 30, 2010 | Shanghai, Travel News | Read More
For 20 years the Chinese government banned foreigners with HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and leprosy from entering the country.  China is now lifting its entry ban according to state-run news agency Xinhua.  “Restricting foreigners with these diseases from entering the country...

Yo Quiero Paneer Nachos: Taco Bell Invades India

Yo Quiero Paneer Nachos: Taco Bell Invades India April 23, 2010 | Food Lovers, India, Travel News | Read More
India’s first Taco Bell opened March 16 at a mall in Bangalore (video at the bottom of this post).  Customized to Indians’ tastes and sensibilities, the first location has been very popular in its early days.  “Indians haven’t shown this much enthusiasm for American fast food...

A Bargain Hunter’s Paradise, After-Dark: Asian Night Markets

A Bargain Hunter’s Paradise, After-Dark: Asian Night Markets April 15, 2010 | Around the World, Asia, Featured | Read More
An ultimate must-see when visiting Asia, night markets contain the trifecta of traveling perfection: ridiculously good shopping, cheap and delicious street food, and an unbelievable array of unusual services. And you can experience them all… after dark. As long as you’re prepared for serious...