Water from Heaven

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10 Places to Visit on the Modern Silk Road

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Reflections: Voyages of Discovery

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Rasputin: Russia’s Mad Monk

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Reflections: Chess – An Asian Game Well Played

The origins of the ubiquitous game of strategy, chess, lie in an instructional military model used in ancient India to plan battles. This model...

UNESCO Heritage Sites of Asia

Spectacular landforms, splendid architecture, historical cities, natural wonders and spiritual centres: Asia has them all. Asian Geographic looks at the spectacular UNESCO Heritage Sites...

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

(Photo: Graphicaartis/Corbis) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon has captured the imagination of historians worldwide for centuries. Yet, its existence remains a debate as years of...

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