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Bali aka paradise isle, woos us with her idyllic beaches, Zen-inspired spas and surfing Utopia. But when the rain pelts and the wind goes AWOL, don#8217;t pack your bags just yet. LEONG SIOK HUI headed inland to shoot some gut-churning rapids, traipse through a postcard-perfect village and ride piggyback on a Sumatran elephant.
THE calendar and astronomy have always been inextricably intertwined. There is evidence that the need for a calendar existed since before humans stayed in settlements and planted crops but once that happened, a calendar became indispensable for fixing the time of planting and harvesting.
Tariel Mekhuzla is the chief engineer at the Sagaredjo vineyard, outside the village Kakheti, in the centre of the Georgian wine-growing region. He is responsible for 12 giant vats, six concrete and six aluminium, which represent Surapa's first expansion effort in two decades.
HALF of the world#8217;s 6,000 languages may disappear by the end of this century. JOHN CRACE talks to the experts trying to save them.
The Chinese have always believed certain elements, shapes, stones and colours have the power to attract the #8216;brightness#8217; chi into the wearer#8217;s life. KEE HUA CHEE reports on which adorable bauble to adorn based on your Chinese zodiac sign for 2003.
Shenzhen is considered 'mid-sized' by Chinese standards. A city is only classified as 'big' if its population ranges between seven and 10 million. Cities like Shanghai and Beijing would fall into this category, FAM LEE KEN writes.
IN THE lower reaches of the Yangtze in Jianggsu Province, China lies the city of Suzhou. Bordering Shanghai in the east and Lake Taiko in the west, the city is famous for its silk industry. However, appeal is also found in its small bridges, classic gardens, criss-crossing waterways and water towns.
IN CHINESE astrology, the goat is sometimes referred to as the ram (adult male sheep). According to legend, the ram, which ranks eighth among the 12 zodiac signs, had a big heart and saved all humanity. It was no lowly animal which was killed as a sacrifice to the gods. Folklore has it that it was a celestial animal before it angered the Jade Emperor.
HIS book, I>1421: The Year China Discovered America/I>, may be selling briskly in the United States, but his extraordinary theory that Chinese explorers reached the New World decades before Christopher Columbus is proving a tougher sell to academics #8211; even here in China.