This lovely island is the highlight of any trip to Xiamen, a bustling metropolis on China's southeast coast. It's a favorite of domestic Chinese tourists for its hodgepodge of colonial architecture, swimming beaches, well-kept gardens and stunning views.
Siem ReapAimed at tourists visiting the Angkor Wat temple and surrounding sites, these luxury accommodations consist of a lodge in central Siem Reap and a resort closer to the main temple complex.Ambience: The rooms feature a mix of colonial Indochinese and traditional Cambodian touches, with fully modern amenities.
In 1866, the British ship Great Eastern lowered a grappling hook by rope down to the frigid Atlantic Ocean floor far below. Its quarry: a line that had snapped the previous year during one of the first attempts to lay a transatlantic cable connecting the United States with Europe.
News that China had destroyed one of its own satellites with a missile last week sent shockwaves through capitals from Washington to Tokyo. But for security experts like Lin Chong-Pin, who have closely watched the rise of China's military in recent decades, Beijing's capability came as little surprise.
It was a fitting end to a punishing year for Asia's new democracies. Two days before regional heads of state were to arrive in the central Philippine city of Cebu for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' annual summit, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo abruptly postponed the confab--citing an approaching tropical storm.
Clad in jeans and a black sweatshirt, Taiwanese singer Lim Giong croons his rendition of a golden oldie. Elvis? The Beatles? Try Sung Dynasty poet Huang Ting-chien, who composed his greatest hit way back in 1087--in script that now ranks among the best surviving calligraphy from imperial China.
Taipei is dreaming big: it wants to be the world's first completely wireless metropolis. Other cities boast a patchwork of hotspots at hotels, coffee shops and colleges, and tiny towns in the United States and elsewhere have already been blanketed with anywhere, anytime Wi-Fi.
The next presidential election in Taiwan is more than two years away, but there's already a front runner. Ma Ying-jeou, the 55-year-old mayor of Taipei, is seen as a shoo-in to be the candidate for the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), which favors closer ties with China and eventual unification.
The numbers look like a victory for Taiwan. In recent years, Taiwanese manufacturers watched and worried as Korean rivals rose to the top of the consumer-electronics world, with Samsung and LG Electronics becoming global household names in everything from washing machines to televisions.
Ask a party bureaucrat in Beijing about China's foreign ambitions these days, and the reply may sound like a beauty contestant's doe-eyed promise to work for world harmony. "Peaceful resolution of global problems is both our aim and our style," asserts one official involved in international affairs.