Yangshuo Bike Festival

New bike festival for Yangshuo

Thinking of a long weekend in the saddle? The inaugural Yangshuo Bike Festival will soon be taking place from October 31 to November 2, 2014. Billed as a “festival-on-wheels” by organisers Bike Aways and Bike Asia, the three-day event winds through the famous karst landscape of southern China’s Guangxi Province. This year’s festival kicks off with a traditional Baisha ceremony and a Halloween party in the town of Xingping, located on a … [Read more...]

Japanese contrast

Japan: artful enigma

Mysticism and modernism are rarely such close partners as they are in Japan, where every view and every byway offers inspiration and invites reinterpretation By Andrea Oschetti UNBEATEN TRACKS IN JAPAN (1880) BY ISABELLA BIRD April 1877. Japan had just re-opened its borders to foreigners, ending an isolation that had lasted since 1639, when Isabella Bird arrived, the first ‘English lady’ to venture into the interior. Dogged by ill … [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...]

2013 IKA World Championship

Kiting’s rising stars in podium push

By Ian MacKinnon It was nearly a clean sweep for siblings Erika and Johnny Heineken as the stars of kiteboard course racing came out in China, in the tropical waters off Boao, Hainan on November 18-24, 2013. Erika (USA) was crowned International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) women’s world champion, sealing back-to-back titles with a series of almost flawless performances. Despite varying conditions, from light to moderately heavy airs, she … [Read more...]