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6 of the World's Choicest Chinatowns
恭喜發財! (That's Kung hei fat choy to you.) As hundreds of millions ring in the Year of the Monkey for Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year), I'm reminded of one of the Chinese diaspora's great gifts to travelers across the planet: funky Chinatowns where the age-old culture of the Middle Kingdom (and increasingly, other parts of Asia) meets a variety of others in sometimes fascinating ways. The best are the traditional ones, which developed organically, as opposed to a recent trend of "Chinatowns" fabricated in various cities like Las Vegas and Dubai which are essentially themed malls. But ersatz or historic, today is a big day in... keep reading
Tunisia a Delightfully Exotic Package
A compact country on North Africa's Mediterranean coast, Tunisia is perhaps best known these days for dreamy beaches and resorts popular with Europeans such as Hammamet and Djerba. But there's also a fascinating wealth of history and culture here: desert oases such as Tozeur and Nefta; charming whitewashed towns like Sidi Bou Said; and ancient Roman and Carthaginian ruins (including those of mighty Carthage itself)... keep reading
Posted by Shannon Farley on February 5, 2016 at 9:10am
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