China Travel

China’s Stone Scriptures

China’s Stone Scriptures

Thousands of Buddhist scriptures carved in stone and buried for centuries are among China's greatest cultural treasures.

Inside a Chinese Painting

Inside a Chinese Painting

Take a quick break and enjoy spectacular scenery on a boat trip down the Li River near Guilin, China.

Private Paradises Amid Adversity

Private Paradises Amid Adversity

Sheltering at home has been accompanied by an outpouring of creativity that can help us cope with adversity and shape our future.

What does the future hold?

What does the future hold?

Dozens of experts’ analysis of long-term trends can help us identify the challenges and opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ancient Silk Road Meets High Tech

Ancient Silk Road Meets High Tech

The International Dunhuang Project digitizes old documents, caves and artifacts to enable global study of Central Asian history.

Calendars - The Way We Keep Time

Calendars - The Way We Keep Time

Our calendar system evolved over thousands of years and is continuing to do so with electronic calendars and globalization.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

China's Oct. 1 celebration of 70 years of Communist rule centers on Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s most controversial places.

Sustainable Clothing

Sustainable Clothing

The trade war with China. Environment degradation. Household debt. To bring all of them into focus, we can look in our closets.

Din Tai Fung Sightings

Din Tai Fung Sightings

Din Tai Fung restaurants' delicious takes on common Taiwanese foods, especially steamed dumplings, have brought a devoted global following.

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

The colorful annual mountain men rendezvous at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, commemorates the 19th century global fur trade.

The World is Flat (Bread)

The World is Flat (Bread)

Flatbreads are oldest, easiest breads and the most modern - pizza and tortillas are among the most popular foods. See our recipes.

Islam in China

Islam in China

Muslims in China are a diverse religious and cultural group with a tumultuous history who take various sides in political disputes.

China’s  Export Porcelain

China’s Export Porcelain

Chinese porcelain is durable and branded with its history, so it is used to trace China’s trade and cultural ties with other nations.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, the most famous and heartbreaking of China's glorious imperial gardens, highlights dilemmas in the nation’s past.

Thirty Years Since Tiananmen

Thirty Years Since Tiananmen

Thirty years ago, students staged pro-democracy protests on Tiananmen Square that shook China's Communist government.

The Elephant Needs the Room

The Elephant Needs the Room

Despite tough bans on ivory trade, Africa's elephants are declining in numbers because of poaching and trafficking of illegal ivory.

Scaffolding the World

Scaffolding the World

Finding a historical site shrouded in scaffolding is disappointing, but it is a valuable tool for preserving the world's heritage.

Treasure Room and Two Palaces

Treasure Room and Two Palaces

In the French palace at Fontainebleau is a treasure room of dazzling artifacts taken by the French army from a palace in Beijing.

Sustainable Bamboo

Sustainable Bamboo

Eat it, build a home or furniture with it, use it in the kitchen, use it for plumbing, wear it, make fences or containers with it.

China’s Walled Cities

China’s Walled Cities

Only scattered remnants survive of the many walled cities that once defined the Chinese empire.

Traces of an Ancient Superpower

Traces of an Ancient Superpower

Traces of an ancient Chinese superpower remain far away in Japan, the eastern end of the Silk Road.

Chinese Moments Published

Chinese Moments Published

Chinese Moments, our photo book on China in the turbulent 1980s and 1990s, has been published as an ebook and paperback.

The Round Door Arrives

The Round Door Arrives

The Thoughtful House's round door has arrived and been installed. Our video and blog celebrate round architecture.

Mortise-and-Tenon Timbers

Mortise-and-Tenon Timbers

Mortise-and-tenon timber construction, one of the most ancient forms of construction, is today a specialty craft.