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