Caverns of Culture: Leisure and Spirituality in China’s Karst Caves | Photo Story

Photographer Cai Shanhai captures life and leisure of southwest China’s “cave dwellers.”


Noodle Nostalgia: How an Imported Rice Noodle Dish Became the Pride of a Hunan City

Despite coming to Hengyang only 30 years ago, “lufen” has already become a symbol of pride for the locals who grew up with it


Fortress Abandoned: The Ancient Tourist Town That Never Was

How Huangsiqiao, a historic town with China’s oldest city walls, came to molder in the jungle of western Hunan


Dense Brocade: The Story of Hunan’s All-Female Embroiderers

A practitioner of a traditional, formerly all-female art of Xiang embroidery recounts her rigorous training and extraordinary life