Adventures in Urbanity

In modern China, explosive growth is the macrocosm, but what of the fate of individual neighbourhoods, destined for posterity?

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Back on the (silk) Road

New Year in a pair of ancient, Silk Road cities...

Laos through the looking-glass: Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, Laos, view of Nam Khan River

What did I expect, when I visited the former Kingdom of a Million Elephants, the hidden jewel of old Indochina? An alternate Vietnam, where elephant did indeed roam the streets? A “lesser” version of Thailand, without the trademark smiles and tourist services to match?