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Damming indictment

MELTDOWN IN TIBET BY MICHAEL BUCKLEY (Palgrave Macmillan) Freshwater is fast becoming the world's most important commodity as we pollute and misuse our rivers and plumb ever deeper for groundwater. Michael Buckley shows in this hard-hitting book how China is simultaneously one of the most greedy users and most egregious abusers of water. He looks at the Salween, Mekong and several other of Asia's other mightiest transboundary rivers in … [Read more...]

Pyongyang Marathon

North Korea: sports tourism

By Robert Willoughby Sporting events have long been a conduit for engaging with North Korea, be it from exchanges of taekwondo teams to one-offs such as the first cricket game played there in 2009, while of late Dennis Rodman has put basketball at the centre of his off-beat diplomacy with Kim Jong Un. Under the reign of the latter much more has become possible for mere mortals, from running marathons to surfing. Few tours focus exclusively … [Read more...]

Chung King Man

Packing for an expedition

We ask three experts for their advice on what to pack for differing but typical backcountry trips in Asia Wander around your local Aladdin’s Cave of outdoors gear and you may be persuaded you need one of everything for your next trip. Almost every piece of gear going has shrunk or got lighter in recent years. What about some extra frills perhaps? An extra jacket, camp stools, a bread maker? Step back. Take a breath. Put down that coffee … [Read more...]

Ki Niseko

Ki Niseko

Ki Niseko is a luxury hotel that combines rustic alpine charm with modern Japanese elegance. Offering views of the dormant volcano Mt Yotei and the largest night skiing area in Asia, our ski-in ski-out location is perfect for your winter adventure. Whether you are into backcountry snowboarding on a volcano, carving legendary powder snow, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, winter rafting, heli-skiing or simply learning how to ski, Ki Niseko has easy … [Read more...]

HKICC

Stairmasters to compete in Hong Kong

Taking place on Sunday, December 7, the Race to Hong Kong ICC will be the grand finale of the 2014 Vertical World Circuit. In a last blast for the annual skyscraper stair series, runners will fight tooth and nail in the 2,120 steps up to the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC). Australians took the top spot last year, with Mark Bourne (12 minutes 4 seconds) and Suzy Walsham (14 minutes 32 seconds) … [Read more...]

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