Stories about leisure travel in Hong Kong, China, Asia, and around the world.

‘Kingdoms of women’: how modernity threatens Asia’s female-centric societies
While women’s rights may have become a major topic of discussion around the world in recent years, there are female-centric communities that for centuries have distinguished themselves by carving out their own feminist traditions in places such as China, India and Indonesia. But many of these matriarchal and matrilineal societies are now struggling to survive, amid threats posed by the modern world such as mass tourism, technology and the infiltration of ideas from mainstream patriarchal society. In China, for instance, there is a small Mosuo tribe known as the “kingdom of women.”. “Key to the Mosuo culture is their matrilineal family structure, with a basic building block of only members sh
Here are some tips to find China’s hidden travel gems
The United States sends the most tourists to China, and almost all of them go to Beijing. Tibet is high on many bucket lists, but few Western tourists ever actually visit. China virtually empties of Western tourists during November, December and January. These are some of the takeaways from the third annual report on popular travel destinations in China by The China Guide, a travel agency in Beijing that develops customized tours for travelers from the US, Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. What immediately stands out from the report – compiled from surveys of 2,300 travelers from across the globe – is that Beijing dominates almost every foreign traveler’s iti
Will tourists in China wake up to mobile payments?
Last week, China’s main payment apps, Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Ant Financial’s Alipay, opened their mobile payment systems to a demographic that had previously been left out: international tourists.  In China, mobile payments are used to pay for almost everything from $0.25 steamed buns at a takeout joint to sending prisoners money, highlighting the huge gap that exists between this system and the payment habits of 140 million annual tourists from overseas, who may be more used to cash or credit cards. Inkstone is owned by Alibaba, whose affiliate Ant Financial operates Alipay.  But will providing access be enough to convert tourists to start scanning QR codes?  How does mobile payments work
Cracked: China shuts down glass bridges over safety concerns
Glass bridges have mushroomed across China in recent years, offering adventurous travelers an adrenaline rush as the country tried novel ways of boosting tourism. But after a series of accidents, the northern Chinese province of Hebei has officially shut down all 32 of its glass walkways and bridges for safety checks, according to the Beijing News. The attractions had been suspended since March 2018. At least four other Chinese provinces also closed its glass bridges and ordered safety checks. The country has about 2,300 major attractions, particularly bridges, built from glass. The trend peak in 2016, when China opened what was then the world’s longest and highest glass bridge in the sout
Chinese tourists are shunning the US for Europe
Chinese tourists are shunning the United States amid the trade war and opting for destinations in Europe, said Jane Sun, chief executive of Ctrip, Asia’s largest online travel platform. The US slid to 10th spot in the list of China’s top overseas destinations in a week-long national holiday in October known as the “golden week” from fifth in the previous year, according to Ctrip. During the recent Labor Day holiday earlier this month, the US ranked as the ninth-most popular travel destination for Chinese tourists, down from fifth spot last year. Thailand and Japan remained the top choices. “People like to travel to countries that welcome them,” Sun said. “When Chinese consumers have the bu
‘Because here is freedom’: why Chinese tourists love Thailand
Chinese tourists are pouring into Pattaya, one of Thailand's biggest tourist towns.  Pattaya is known for its red-light district and bars, but it’s becoming increasingly popular with tourists of all kinds from China. They’re becoming one of the biggest revenue sources for the whole of Thailand's tourism industry. A tour boat accident in Phuket in 2018, which lead to the death of 47 Chinese tourists, lead to a drop in tourism across Thailand. But now, almost a full year later, the tourists are back and flooding into Pattaya once more.
China’s frozen world
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. It held its official opening ceremony on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights from the festival, which runs through the end of February in Harbin, northeastern China.
5 haunted Hong Kong Halloween hangouts
Halloween is here, and that means it’s time for grisly tales, ghost stories and haunted locales. The city of Hong Kong has a long and tumultuous history – which means it’s littered with ghost stories and claims of the paranormal. Here are five of the best ghost stories and haunted places in Hong Kong. 1) Nam Koo Terrace Nam Koo Terrace is famous for being the most haunted apartment building in Hong Kong. It’s thought to have been a military brothel for Japanese troops during their occupation of the city in the 1940s. According to legends, Chinese women were taken there as “comfort women,” and often tortured or killed by soldiers. Some say ghosts of the women haunt the building and their cri
Chinese millennials flood to Hong Kong’s Insta-ready spots
“Golden Week” has come to an end. The seven-day stretch of holidays started on China's National Day on October 1 and saw hundreds of millions of Chinese on the move. Hong Kong had its own influx of tourists from mainland China. But they weren’t all in search of the city’s more well-trodden sights. On a rooftop of a shabby 10-story residential building in the heart of Hong Kong, thrill-seeking visitors scaled a six-and-a-half foot tall fence just to dangle their legs off the edge. When captured at an appropriate angle, a colorful building opposite with a mural design titled the “Rainbow Thief” forms the perfect backdrop. 'Rainbow Thief' is the title of this incredible new piece by @okudart