THE MANY TASTES OF ASIAN CUISINE

When it comes to Asian cuisine, most people immediately think of Chinese, but the foods are as varied and exciting as the many regions themselves. As the largest continent in the world, the culture-inspired cuisine shares several common denominators – authenticity, diversity, rice and noodle-based foods and an exotic range of flavors found at the…

Top 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia & Asia

Steeped in beauty and history, cuisine and culture, the continents of Australia and Asia offer an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Aboard Seven Seas Mariner’s new Down Under & Far East Grandeur grand voyage, you can see it all on a 52-Night cruise from Sydney to Hong Kong followed by a FREE 15-Night Post-Cruise Land and…

More to Explore: Chinese Lantern Festival

Enchanting lanterns of every shape illuminate, while traditional lion dances enthrall both locals and visitors alike during the Chinese Lantern Festival. This delightful celebration is observed on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period. In 2016 the festival will fall on February 22 – coincidentally…

Explore More: Old meets new in the fascinating hutong neighborhoods of Beijing

By: Terry Ward In the middle of Beijing – not far from the tourist masses that flock to the Forbidden City and the contemporary crush of humanity transiting the city’s endless ring roads – you can walk the quiet narrow streets alongside locals in the world-renowned hutong neighborhoods. Hutongs are the last remaining traditional villages…

Sail, Sip and Savor Beijing, China

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert From its culture to its cuisine, the bounties of Beijing beckon. One of the greatest ancient capitals, it is home to some of the finest remnants of China’s imperial past. Welcome to the land of exotic mystery where dynasties, temples, tombs and tea houses prevail.  Its history is alluring…