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Interview: Peter Hessler on His Surprising First Trip to China

Peter Hessler in his apartment in Fuling, China, in the fall of 1996 shortly after he arrived. His apartment looked down to the Wu River and then the Yangtze in the distance. The main city of Fuling is visible to the left, at the juncture of the rivers.
Lifestyle

You probably know Peter Hessler from his acclaimed books on China, but you may not be aware that it was "happenstance" that led him to the country in the first place.

5 Things You Should Know About Asia's Millionaires

The 'Millionaire Fair' in Shanghai. (Ricky Jiang/Flickr)
Lifestyle

As their numbers rise, Asia’s millionaires will increasingly influence the marketplace, not only on private jet sales, but also the price of everything from gasoline to wine to the property in your neighborhood, writes Avery Booker.

Photos: From Lhasa to Everest, a Glimpse of Tibet Before Latest Ban on Tourism

Young monks training one another in the
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On the eve of China's ban on foreign travel in Tibet, Asia Society's Director of Education provides a personal look at the country's people, scenery and monasteries.

A Boy, a Snake, and the Commercialization of Cambodia

Camera phone image taken on the Tongle Sap in Cambodia by Jamie Metzl.
Lifestyle

I loved being back in Cambodia a couple of weeks ago. I had lived in the country from 1991 to 1993 when I was working as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). Cambodia is an incredible place with spectacular people. The country’s shift from then to now is remarkable in so many ways.

Five Books to Pick Up If You're Headed to China

Evan Osnos at Asia Society New York. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Lifestyle

Planning a trip to China? New Yorker correspondent and Asia Society award winner Evan Osnos recommends the best five books for the discerning traveler—from our friends at The Browser.