Into the Heart of Borneo: Home of The World’s Largest Wild Orangutan Population

Beyond the reach of Bali’s scooter-choked streets and spiritual journeymen and women, and far outside the earthly calls of the Gili Islands and Lombok, lies Borneo, the famed jungle on Indonesia’s Kalimantan Island. Borneo is a vast and complex web of depleting tropical rainforest, ever-growing palm oil plantations, and illegal logging and gold mining. Yet…

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From Modernity to Mysticism: In Search of Shangri-La

The utopia of Shangri-La, a highland idyll perched among the peaks of Tibet, originated in James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. In an attempt to capitalize on a booming domestic tourism industry, Chinese authorities changed the name of Zhongdian to Shangri-La in 2001 because of the resemblances it bore to Hilton’s wonderland. However, much of…

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