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AseanPlus News 21 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Thieves plunder tombs of Loulan

THE tombs of Loulan, an ancient kingdom located along the famous Silk Road about 2,000 years ago, have been robbed, according to Wednesday's I>Guangming Daily/I>.

Lifestyle 15 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Paradise isle escapade

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.

Lifestyle 13 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Keeping track of time

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.

Lifestyle 09 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Georgia on the vine

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.

Lifestyle 07 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Disappearing tongues

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.

Lifestyle 04 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Energise your life

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.

Lifestyle 01 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Sighseeing in Shenzhen

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.

Lifestyle 01 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Where time stands still

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.

Lifestyle 30 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Legends of the ram

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.

AseanPlus News 28 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Mixed views on author's theory

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.