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Female reverence at a Buddhist temple in China

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Blurring the line between sacred and profane, Shaxi locals prostrate before a one-of-a-kind replica of the female reproductive organ, praying for a smooth childbirth.


Kazakhstan’s 21st-century capital

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Astana, the world’s youngest capital city, reflects the futuristic vision of its authoritarian president, contrasting sharply with its setting in Central Asia’s remote steppes.


Exploring the Pak Ou Caves

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On assignment to Laos for the first time since the 1970s, Tony Wheeler heads up the Mekong to investigate the thousands of Buddhist sculptures found in these spectacular caves.


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Voices of Varanasi, India

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One of Hinduism’s holiest, the north Indian city draws travellers from around the world seeking spiritual peace.


Tribal horse racing in Shangri-La

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Lonely Planet writer Shawn Low heads to the remote region of Yunnan, China, to observe an electric summer tradition that is part skill and part colourful showmanship.


Navigating the treacherous roads of Laos

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Experience the real life of a travel writer as Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler heads to Southeast Asia and begins his trip by breaking down on the country’s crumbling roads.


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