Lisa Gay

Tea silk has largely fallen out of use in China. It gets its reddish-brown colour from a dye made of yams. Designer Kathrin von Rechenberg has been using the labour-intensive fabric to craft contemporary Chinese-inspired garments.

For the stray cats and dogs of Beijing, merely staying alive is a daily struggle. Lisa Gay meets the animal rescuers who, despite receiving no recognition or assistance from the state, are trying to spread the joy of pet adoption.

About 10 million visitors crowd the steep steps of the Great Wall every year, but few get the kind of views that John and Dinah Chong Watkins enjoy from Ironstone, their weekend home in Beigou village.

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