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China’s Atlantis of the East

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The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.
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The stories – and secrets – of Fez

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A peek behind the walls of the world’s oldest medina reveals how residents live, work and shop in a 1,200-year-old city both steeped in tradition – and ready to embrace its future.



How Iceland’s baby volcano was born

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In 1973, a 1,600m-long fissure erupted on Iceland’s island of Heimaey, spewing lava, ash and destroying 800 houses – and birthing a new volcano that remains live, and warm, even today.
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Words & Wanderlust

The walk that made me love Japan

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Acclaimed writer Pico Iyer describes his first walk in Kyoto 26 years ago, when he found understanding between a Shinto shrine and a 7-Eleven and fell in love with the city forever.
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Trekking to Bhutan’s 'Tiger's Nest'

This Buddhist monastery clings to a granite cliff more than 3,000m above sea level, and every Bhutanese person is expected to complete the pilgrimage at least once.
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Our favourite images of the week

From the coffee culture in Bosnia-Hercegovina to the train that takes on Alaska’s Mt McKinley, these are some of the most awe-inspiring travel photos from around the world.


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