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Monkeying around in China

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The Baoxiang Temple, near the old caravan town of Shaxi, has been welcoming visitors for more than 100 years. The catch? Visitors are expected to help feed the clan of golden monkeys.


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.


Cherry blossoms around the world

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While Japan is home to some of the most well-known cherry blossom scenes, many cities celebrate spring’s arrival with these beautiful blooming trees.


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.


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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.


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