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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
On Colombia's Coast A Carnival Thrilla in Barranquilla
It's Carnival season! And in the Western Hemisphere, the annual pre-Lenten Carnival of Barranquilla, an hour from Cartagena, is second only to Rio de Janeiro’s in terms of size and extravagance (more than a half mllion participants), but is still less glitzy, commercialized, and closer to its 19th-century folk roots, mixing European, African, and pre-Hispanic cultures (and for that reason has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage treasure). Parenthetically, it also tends to be less pricey... keep reading
Posted by Shannon Farley on February 5, 2016 at 9:10am