1. PhotoA temple on Crescent Lake at Mingsha Shan (Echoing Sand Mountain) near the town of Dunhuang in Gansu, China. Dunhuang was an important strategic base along the ancient Silk Road, near the entrance to the Hexi Corridor.
    CreditZhang Xiao

    A Poetic Journey Through Western China

    For years, Silk Road travelers made the grueling trek past towering mountain ranges and ancient cities now lost to time. Centuries later, one writer attempts to retrace the journey.


    1. PhotoAn 18th-century map from China purporting to be a copy of one drawn there in 1418, based on the explorer Zheng He’s travels around the globe. While some have claimed that it proves Zheng He arrived in the Americas before Christopher Columbus, scholars have questioned the map’s authenticity.
      CreditUniversal Images Group/Getty Images

      Letter from the Editor

      The Silk Road’s Enduring Romance, and Eternal Influence

      Last May, when our known world was one way, we began planning these stories. By last month, when we were finishing work on this issue, the world was another way.


  1. PhotoDry stone walls are characteristic of the Hebrides islands, where stones are in natural abundance.
    CreditMitch Epstein

    T’s Most Transporting Travel Stories

    Distance and solitude can make us feel more isolated than ever — but these tales of far-off locales provide something of a distraction.

  2. PhotoRinko Kawauchi’s “Untitled,” from the series “Approaching Whiteness” (2011).
    Credit© Rinko Kawauchi, courtesy of RoseGallery

    Japan in Bloom

    For more than a thousand years, the country’s cherry blossom season has been a source of fascination and wonderment. How did such an infatuation begin?


  3. PhotoA rocky cliff near the beach of Kalamos, on the southeast side of Milos.
    CreditAsako Narahashi

    Around Milos, Swimming the Aegean Sea

    One writer explores the Greek island, discovering not just volcanic caves or ancient ruins but also a deeper connection to the past.


  4. PhotoFrom left: poi from Waiahole Poi Factory on Oahu; a taro plant at Kealia Farm on Kauai.
    CreditFrom left: Steve Czerniak; Jessica Sample/Gallery Stock

    Where to Eat Hawaii’s Most Sacred Ingredient

    Once a staple of Native Hawaiian cuisine, taro is no longer as easily accessible, but a new wave of chefs is rediscovering its power.


  1. PhotoThe walled garden of the hotel Dar Paru in M’Hamid, with a door that opens into the Sahara.
    CreditRichard Mosse

    In Search of Ancient Morocco

    South of Marrakesh, the Draa Valley still exerts an indefinable pull, retaining traces of its now almost-vanished Berber kingdom.


  2. Home & Work

    PhotoAt Casa Fortunato, the sitting room in the master guest suite (Room 1) has a Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia sofa, Noguchi paper lantern and Malofancon-style coffee table.
    CreditManolo Yllera

    A Hotel So Nice the Owners Moved In

    The family behind Lisbon’s Casa Fortunato lives among — and just above — their guests.



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