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Beijing’s unexpected Muslim enclave

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Despite being officially atheist and historically associated with Buddhism, China has a deep-rooted relationship with Islam that’s best seen in Beijing's Muslim quarter, Niu Jie.


Hainan: China's paradise of exiles

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For centuries, Hainan has been a magnet for political exiles. Today, the island is drawing exiles of another kind: refugees from the pollution and urban hustle found on the mainland.
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Beijing’s extraordinary Grand Canal

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Although few locals realize it, the once powerful Grand Canal is seeing new life in Beijing's suburb of Tongzhou.
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Why is there graffiti on the Great Wall of China?

Officials in China have taken an unlikely step to preserve one of the country's most famous ancient monuments.
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The hidden highlands of Hainan

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Most visitors to the Chinese island flock to its beaches – missing out on the shimmering lakes, picturesque rice paddies and mountain hikes in its lush interior.


Trekking in China, where dragons stand guard

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Get a different perspective on Tiger Leaping Gorge by walking the 22km High Path, a two-day trek through remote Naxi hill farming terraces that is far removed from the tourist hordes.
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