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Hiking Taiwan’s waterfalls: hot springs, lakes and swimming holes around Taipei – an adventurer’s guide

US adventurer Asher Leiss loves exploring Taiwan’s mountainous back country in search of waterfalls and swimming holes off the beaten track. He shares his favourite spots in the Taipei area and exactly how to get there.

23 Apr 2019 - 7:13PM

US adventurer Asher Leiss loves exploring Taiwan’s mountainous back country in search of waterfalls and swimming holes off the beaten track. He shares his favourite spots in the Taipei area and exactly how to get there.

Hiking Taiwan’s waterfalls: hot springs, lakes and swimming holes around Taipei – an adventurer’s guide
Cafe culture and craft beer in Chiang Mai: a guide to Thai city’s trendy Nimman Road

The Nimman Road neighbourhood is the northern Thai city’s growing centre of cool, where local and tourists alike flock for its modern, yet relaxing vibe.

26 Mar 2019 - 8:05PM

The Nimman Road neighbourhood is the northern Thai city’s growing centre of cool, where local and tourists alike flock for its modern, yet relaxing vibe.

Cafe culture and craft beer in Chiang Mai: a guide to Thai city’s trendy Nimman Road
Hikes near Taipei: challenge yourself on one of region's most difficult day hikes

Wuliaojian Mountain is made up of five jutting plumes that give you stunning 360-degree views of tree-covered mountains rising above the below valley. The course involves several rope-assisted ascents and descents.

25 Mar 2019 - 4:38PM

Wuliaojian Mountain is made up of five jutting plumes that give you stunning 360-degree views of tree-covered mountains rising above the below valley. The course involves several rope-assisted ascents and descents.

Hikes near Taipei: challenge yourself on one of region's most difficult day hikes
Me and my uncle Ip Man taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun kung fu. He was rubbish when he started

Kung fu master Lo Man Kam, 86, and his uncle, Ip Man, taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun kung fu and some life lessons. Lee was rubbish when he first started lessons, Lo recalls.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:50AM

Kung fu master Lo Man Kam, 86, and his uncle, Ip Man, taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun kung fu and some life lessons. Lee was rubbish when he first started lessons, Lo recalls.

Me and my uncle Ip Man taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun kung fu. He was rubbish when he started
Kangding, mountain gateway where Chinese and Tibetan cultures meet, is a melting pot of ethnicities

The city in Sichuan province has a mixture of Han Chinese, Tibetans, and other ethnic minorities and a correspondingly eclectic dining scene. On the historical border between China and Tibet, it is a centre for trekking in the summer.

3 Feb 2019 - 7:41PM

The city in Sichuan province has a mixture of Han Chinese, Tibetans, and other ethnic minorities and a correspondingly eclectic dining scene. On the historical border between China and Tibet, it is a centre for trekking in the summer.

Kangding, mountain gateway where Chinese and Tibetan cultures meet, is a melting pot of ethnicities
Underground Yangon: punk, metal, rap and hip hop music flourishing after end of military rule

Punk, metal, rap and hip hop are flourishing in Myanmar’s biggest city, where bands from rival genres come together to put on gigs; we discover the bars where they perform, and why some play outdoors under expressway flyovers

31 May 2018 - 9:55AM

Punk, metal, rap and hip hop are flourishing in Myanmar’s biggest city, where bands from rival genres come together to put on gigs; we discover the bars where they perform, and why some play outdoors under expressway flyovers

Underground Yangon: punk, metal, rap and hip hop music flourishing after end of military rule
Why Tibetan singers trek to Chinese city Chengdu in search of global fame

Chinese city’s thriving music scene offers promise of the big time, but the reality of life as a professional musician is often far from glamorous

28 Apr 2018 - 12:12PM

Chinese city’s thriving music scene offers promise of the big time, but the reality of life as a professional musician is often far from glamorous

Why Tibetan singers trek to Chinese city Chengdu in search of global fame
How a French wing chun master in Taiwan trained by Ip Man’s nephew went from wayward youth to focused man of wisdom

Thierry Cuvillier arrived in Taipei in 1999 with just a backpack and the address of the wing chun master he wanted to learn from. Now, nearly 20 years later and having taught over 200 of his own students, he is planning his return home

26 Mar 2018 - 7:20PM

Thierry Cuvillier arrived in Taipei in 1999 with just a backpack and the address of the wing chun master he wanted to learn from. Now, nearly 20 years later and having taught over 200 of his own students, he is planning his return home

How a French wing chun master in Taiwan trained by Ip Man’s nephew went from wayward youth to focused man of wisdom
Underground Chengdu: the live-music scene and best bars for jam sessions, dance, reggae and some fun in the Chinese city

Musician Wu Zhuoling is our guide for a tour of the Sichuan capital’s indie music bars and clubs, where you can find musicians playing rock, acoustic, jazz and electronic music, or just jamming together

20 Mar 2018 - 7:56PM

Musician Wu Zhuoling is our guide for a tour of the Sichuan capital’s indie music bars and clubs, where you can find musicians playing rock, acoustic, jazz and electronic music, or just jamming together

Underground Chengdu: the live-music scene and best bars for jam sessions, dance, reggae and some fun in the Chinese city
Burmese bare-knuckle kick-boxing goes mainstream as foreigners discover ancient combat sport

Once looked down on as a sport enjoyed by the rural people of Myanmar, lethwei is enjoying the spotlight after fighters from Japan to Canada entered the arena

28 Jan 2018 - 10:16AM

Once looked down on as a sport enjoyed by the rural people of Myanmar, lethwei is enjoying the spotlight after fighters from Japan to Canada entered the arena

Burmese bare-knuckle kick-boxing goes mainstream as foreigners discover ancient combat sport
Myanmar music festivals help to unite youth, heal old wounds and work for a better future

Global non-profit group Turning Tables has staged concerts in troubled countries like Tunisia, Lebanon, and Libya to help young people express themselves creatively. Now Asia is also starting to reap the benefits

22 Jan 2018 - 8:00PM

Global non-profit group Turning Tables has staged concerts in troubled countries like Tunisia, Lebanon, and Libya to help young people express themselves creatively. Now Asia is also starting to reap the benefits

Myanmar music festivals help to unite youth, heal old wounds and work for a better future
Get away from it all on Taiwan’s east coast – hot springs, fried flowers, indigenous villages, and mountains

We visit Taimali Township, travel the Flower Route and eat fried daylilies, ascend Kinchen Mountain and watch the fishing boats come in at Sanhe in the last of our three-part series on the east coast of Taiwan

9 Jan 2018 - 7:11PM

We visit Taimali Township, travel the Flower Route and eat fried daylilies, ascend Kinchen Mountain and watch the fishing boats come in at Sanhe in the last of our three-part series on the east coast of Taiwan

Get away from it all on Taiwan’s east coast – hot springs, fried flowers, indigenous villages, and mountains
Taiwan’s paradise isle: Green Island worth braving the ferry ride for dramatic views, history and some divine dive sites

Sea swells make the hour-long ride from Taitung rough at times, but from an abandoned aboriginal village to majestic views and crystal-clear waters, the journey to the former prison island will reward you amply

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Sea swells make the hour-long ride from Taitung rough at times, but from an abandoned aboriginal village to majestic views and crystal-clear waters, the journey to the former prison island will reward you amply

Taiwan’s paradise isle: Green Island worth braving the ferry ride for dramatic views, history and some divine dive sites
Taiwan’s secret surfing paradise and artist’s haven getting more popular by the day

Dulan is a remote getaway for travellers when something slower and simpler calls. But the quiet, seaside town’s fame is spreading, and its growing popularity may soon see it overrun with tourists and holidaymakers

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Dulan is a remote getaway for travellers when something slower and simpler calls. But the quiet, seaside town’s fame is spreading, and its growing popularity may soon see it overrun with tourists and holidaymakers

Taiwan’s secret surfing paradise and artist’s haven getting more popular by the day
Manila’s ‘apartment tombs’, where the poor bury their dead – until the contract ends

Manila’s rental ‘apartment tombs’ offer a temporary solution to families unable to afford a permanent plot to bury their loved ones. But what happens when the five-year term expires?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Manila’s rental ‘apartment tombs’ offer a temporary solution to families unable to afford a permanent plot to bury their loved ones. But what happens when the five-year term expires?

Manila’s ‘apartment tombs’, where the poor bury their dead – until the contract ends
Duterte’s war on drugs creating generation of orphans

Children in Manila’s poorest neighbourhoods are paying an especially heavy price for the anti-drugs campaign of the Philippine president, which has taken thousands of lives since he came to power. Photographs by Paul Ratje

17 Nov 2016 - 2:04PM

Children in Manila’s poorest neighbourhoods are paying an especially heavy price for the anti-drugs campaign of the Philippine president, which has taken thousands of lives since he came to power. Photographs by Paul Ratje

Duterte’s war on drugs creating generation of orphans
Death, abuse, exploitation: Taiwan’s migrant worker shame

An Indonesian fisherman’s body dumped at sea, another returned bloodied and emaciated; a domestic helper sexually abused by five employers - two shocking cases that shine a light on the plight of imported workers on the island

6 Oct 2016 - 1:12PM

An Indonesian fisherman’s body dumped at sea, another returned bloodied and emaciated; a domestic helper sexually abused by five employers - two shocking cases that shine a light on the plight of imported workers on the island

Death, abuse, exploitation: Taiwan’s migrant worker shame