It’s impossible to visit Yunnan without coming into contact with its list of weird and wacky — known as 云南十八怪. Marketing gimmick or not, the eighteen oddities give insights into colourful local life. Here are two interesting ones. 第一怪：竹筒当烟袋 Oddity #1: smoking pipes made out of bamboo. How it works: Tobacco is inserted in the lower part of … More 18 things you didn’t know about Yunnan
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THE FLIGHT FROM JFK to Incheon, leaving at 1 pm and arriving at 5.30 pm the next day, is non-stop daylight in the late spring, passing over the remote Arctic and North Pole and taking 14 hours. Flying has always been exciting for me – though of course, as tranquil and spectacular as it is, … More How To Have The Best Inflight Experience In Economy
Something to think about the next time you apply for, and attend, a conference. The UN, in principle, claims to uphold the diversity of cultures that represent it. In practice, the best way to do this is, fairly enough, to select the best of each country. It does this by selecting representatives and delegations whom … More OP-ED: Who are ‘we, the peoples’? Part 1
IT’S A CLICHÉ that the New Year is a time for fresh starts. The coincidence of the New Year period with time off work brings the opportunity to get away on one of Sydney’s scenic drives and find reflection and recollection time. There was a time when Newcastle, a two hour drive north of Sydney, … More New Year, New Beginnings, Newcastle