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How to: Buying a Sword in Wudang Mountain

How to: Buying a Sword in Wudang Mountain

Ever since the phenomenal success of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, awareness of both China’s wuxia genre of films (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) and of Wudang Mountain (Wudang Shan) itself have increased significantly. And each year, the amount of tourists visiting Wudang Shan increases by about 200,000, and with them come dreams of wielding a sword and flying through the...

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Jump Aboard the Chungking Express—If You Dare

Jump Aboard the Chungking Express—If You Dare

  The notorious  Chungking Mansions and neighboring Mirador Mansions in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui, can be intimidating at first sight, especially as a solo female traveler. Full of aggressive touts and frequented mainly by African and South Asian men who gather round the entrances, there’s barely a woman to be seen here. But they also offer some of Hong Kong’s cheapest...