What is the Social Climate in Hong Kong?

If the American dream is based on the pursuit of happiness, the Hong Kong dream is based on the pursuit of success—ambition and hard work are the keystones of life here. Learn more about a society that very much believes in bettering oneself, as well as what to expect when you visit.

Public Transportation and Taxis in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul has developed one of the world’s most extensive and efficient public transportation networks, which makes bypassing the city’s hair-raising traffic a breeze. Author Jonathan Hopfner covers the basics of getting around Seoul by subway, bus, or taxi.

Air Quality and Other Environmental Factors in South Korea

Thanks to innovations such as natural-gas bus fleets, the designation of greenbelts, and tighter restrictions on factories, South Korea’s air quality has improved, especially in larger cities such as notoriously smoggy Seoul. Read on to learn about the country’s air quality, water quality, sanitation, and more.

China’s Colleges & Universities

More than fifty Chinese universities accept foreign students and function similar to Western institutions. Authors Barbara and Stuart Strother go over the basics of studying in China, including the most popular universities to attend and the cost of tuition.

Visiting a Shinto Shrine on New Year’s Eve in Akan

On New Year’s Eve, many people in Japan brave the snow to visit Shinto shrines and pray for good fortune in the coming year. Ruthy Kanagy invites us to experience the tradition through her eyes, from making an offering to warming up with grilled mochi and a cup of hot, sweet sake.