Ladakh and the Three Maitreyas

View-of-Leh-Valley

Sitting in the fertile Zanskar Valley with the mighty Indus river running through the centre, the town of Leh is dramatically encircled by snow-capped mountains. This tributary of the Indus also gives the high desert plateau a surprising greenness during… Continue reading

Sheki Azerbaijan and the Silk Road

9 Portrait-of-a-man-Winter-Palace

Sheki, in Azerbaijan, is where tourists can steep themselves in history in an historic town on the Silk Road. Asian Art Newspaper discovers its magnificent buildings and its long-standing connection with silk manufacture Azerbaijan is not on the well-worn tourist… Continue reading

Tamba-Sasayama Pots and Performances

The Cultural Legacy of Tamba-Sasayama Even though it is located within easy access from Kyoto, Osaka or Kobe, the Tamba-Sasayama area in the bucolic countryside of central Hyogo Prefecture, Tamba-Sasayama, remains largely unknown to most visitors despite its many attractions.… Continue reading

CHENGDU ART TRAIL

Chengdu Art Trail: Long Lake is crescent-shaped and is the highest (3,000 m), largest and deepest lake in Jiuzhaigou, measuring 7.5 km in length and up to 103 m in depth. It reportedly has no outgoing waterways, getting its water from snowmelt and losing it from seepage. Local Tibetans call the lake โ€œa magic gourd that will never be poured full or dried upโ€.

Chinese art collector Zai Huang has a romantic attachment to Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province in south west China. She grew up there and over recent years has witnessed the city transform into a tourist mecca. She also… Continue reading

ROYAL THAI JOURNEY AND A NEW KING

In an elaborate and spectacular three-day coronation ceremony, and a Royal Thai journey that began on 4 May 2019, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was crowned King of Thailand. The event is believed to have cost US$31 million dollars. The official ceremonies,… Continue reading

Vietnamese Art and History

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on the Vietnamese Art trail

On my first morning in Hanoi I was woken by church bells from the nearby French Gothic Cathedral of St Joseph. The sensation of having awoken in France was heightened by a breakfast of strong, dark coffee made with a… Continue reading