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Preservation and progress: Qianfo Cliffs

The Qianfo Cliffs ( (千佛崖摩崖造像) are a case study in the uneasy choice between preservation and progress. According to the China Heritage Quarterly, when China’s vital artery, the Sichuan-Shaanxi highway, was built in 1935, nearly 10,000 carvings in the cliffs above Guangyuan (广元) were destroyed in the construction. After that, looters from home and abroad chiseled out figures…

Water buffalo in Napa

I visited Di Bufala in Napa, a small dairy farm trying something new — raising Asian (by way of Italy) water buffalo in California, American dairy cow-style. The first calves, born just this summer, are happy and curious, more like hooved and horned dogs than cattle. A couple years in, rancher Andrew and his crew…

Best in Travel 2014

Looking for your next great escape? Check out Lonely Planet’s annual compendium of the best places to pound the pavement. On sale here. I wrote about Hunan, China, from its noodle-making robots to its mindblowing national park, but there was just too much to squeeze in. It’s a fantastic corner of the world. And yes, reports of…

Pandora’s Morphological Marvels

The new China guide is out on shelves this week! I’ve written before about how much of the research Lonely Planet authors do never makes it into the book. Here’s one of the parts, a box for one section of the Wǔlíngyuán National Park in northern Hunan, that got cut. First, a little background: It all started…

Hot off the presses: Lonely Planet China

Announcing Lonely Planet’s latest China guide, on sale now! I trekked across five provinces, developed a backpack strap callus, lost a camera, dropped a camera, and contracted a very mysterious flu bug to help make this happen. I had so much fun researching and writing this, I hope that will come across in the pages. Even if…