Feasting, Fanfare and Fireworks: Chinese New Year

Feasting, Fanfare and Fireworks: Chinese New Year

For thousands of years, the Chinese have celebrated the Lunar New Year as a way to pay respect to their ancestors, honor deities and welcome the arrival of a new year. With festivities stretching out over 15 days, it’s the longest and most important holiday in China, and millions of Chinese from all over the world make the journey home each year to reconnect with their families. In fact, the travel period before, during and after Chinese New Year has often been called the world’s largest annual migration, with over 2 billion passenger journeys made every year. How did this celebration of the new year begin? Read More


Jewish Heritage in Russia: Travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan

Jewish Heritage in Russia: Travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan

Russia has changed a great deal since the fall of the Soviet Union. A new generation of Russians is reconnecting with Jewish heritage and welcoming those who want to explore their ancestry. MIR is an expert at hand-crafting itineraries for travelers searching for their roots, or their relatives, in Russia. For those interested in traveling to Russia to explore Jewish heritage, here are some places you could include on your trip… Read More


The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

You can take an exhilarating snowmobile ride, race teams of sled dogs, fish for king crab and, given the town’s near-perfect northern location and dry subarctic climate, catch a glimpse of the beautiful phenomenon known as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. And for unusual experiences like this, you need an equally unusual hotel to top everything off. That’s where the world’s coolest hotel comes in: the Snow Hotel. Read More


Watch a Fashion Show of Swirling Silk in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Watch a Fashion Show of Swirling Silk in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

A Moscow-trained designer, Valentina Romanenko, has transformed her traditional Uzbek home into a workshop and display area. In this intimate setting, decorated with brilliant Uzbek carpets and wall hangings, she creates and shows her elegant modern fashions made with traditional fabrics and techniques. Enjoy this short clip from Romanenko’s studio, featuring her sophisticated fashions. Read More


Beginner’s Guide to Mongolia’s Magnificent Monasteries

Beginner’s Guide to Mongolia’s Magnificent Monasteries

Mongolia holds a special place in the hearts of adventurous travelers, who come back with tales of its vast steppe, rugged mountains, clear glacial lakes and vivid blue skies. But beyond its natural outdoorsy appeal, it is also a land of deeply spiritual people. The country’s shamanistic traditions may be better known to the world, but Buddhism has played just as important a role in shaping Mongolian history and culture. For those traveling to Mongolia, a visit to a monastery is a must. Here are four must-see monasteries in the "Land of the Nomads." Read More



What to Pack for Travel in China, Tibet and Mongolia

What to Pack for Travel in China, Tibet and Mongolia

Travel to China, Tibet and Mongolia acquaints you with exotic, unfamiliar and exciting lands. In this part of the world, you’ll find everything from expansive deserts to subtropical jungles, and from remote high-altitude plateaus to frenetic megacities. But when you’re embarking on an adventure into the unknown, how do you know what to pack? Read More


How to Make Authentic Chinese Dumplings

How to Make Authentic Chinese Dumplings

I’ve adapted the basic recipe I learned in China, transferring it from scribbled notes and experimenting with alternative ingredients and techniques to come up with the following. Though it may feel like there are a lot of steps, potstickers are actually quite simple to make once you get the hang of it. Read More