Fuzhou attraction Sanfang Qixiang: Imperial China’s ‘Beverly Hills’

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Fuzhou, Fujian, China (CNN) — They might not be filled with priceless art collections and wine cellars. But make no mistake. The centuries-old mansions of Sanfang Qixiang, in the southeastern port city of Fuzhou, are the imperial China equivalent of Beverly Hills.Formed in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) before flourishing in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), Sanfang Qixiang -- which translates to "three lanes and seven alleys" in English -- was once the most affluent neighborhood in the city and home to more than 400 rich, famous and powerful residents. Today, it's Fuzhou's most popular tourist destination. Half of China's modern history, all in one neighborhoodThe Ancestral Hall and Museum of Lin Zexu, the government official who famously suppressed the importation of opium and sparked the First Opium War.Maggie Wong/CNNA…
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‘Travel writers of color’: Why I started book club

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(CNN) — On the first day of a travel writing workshop I attended back in 2011, I asked the instructor if he knew of any travel books by writers of color. While he scratched his chin and frowned at the ground in what stretched to almost a minute of uncomfortable silence for everyone in the room, I began to worry about the nonrefundable investment I'd made in the class, the second all-white one I applied for. With an apologetic smile, he finally admitted that he couldn't think of any. Though I was a little crushed, I knew that my literary ancestors of color who wrote in the tradition of travel were out there -- all I needed to do was look. Like most other industries, travel writing is dominated by…
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Timberlock cabins in New York booked year ahead

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Indian Lake, New York (CNN) — Imagine waking up to the sound of birds and waves from an adjacent lake gently lapping at the shore. Instead of reaching for your phone to check Twitter or Facebook, you reach for a book. Your day begins in utter stillness: no television, no Wi-Fi and no electricity. This is life at Timberlock, one of the oldest family resorts in the Adirondacks, where guests book a year in advance to unplug and unwind from late June through late September."Believe me, it is more important than ever to have no electricity. Not having electricity forces you to come together, and is a huge bonus in my view," said Judy Kenyon, 79, whose family has gone to Timberlock every year except one since 1981.The 2018 season…
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Disko Island, Greenland: Grand Canyon of Arctic Circle

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Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland (CNN) — Approaching Disko Island by boat feels like heading toward Skull Island in search of the great ape, King Kong. A prehistoric land looms as the sea succumbs to unforgiving terrain -- craggy, jagged and mountainous. Forged by fire, the island is a few hours boat ride from the icy mainland of Greenland. Its landscape is completely different from the rest of the Arctic country because a volcanic past gave Disko black sand beaches and rugged landscape. But its most striking features are huge, red flattop mountains that locals call the Grand Canyon. They tower over Qeqertarsuaq, the island's only settlement. It's a small town of colorful houses where people never fail to wave hello and smile to anyone passing them on the street Qeqertarsuaq is home…
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Exploring Greenland’s falling glacier – CNN Video

Exploring Greenland’s falling glacier – CNN Video

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