February 12, 2011
After seven years in the California governor's mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting. Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he's ready to start considering film roles again. The former governor tweeted Thursday night: "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today. " Schwarzenegger's personal aide, Daniel Ketchell, confirmed the tweet Friday. Before leading the state from 2003 to 2010, the former bodybuilder was the star of such films as "The Terminator," "True Lies," "Kindergarten Cop" and "Twins.
July 5, 1985 |
For those Americans who dream of getting away from the crowds and to the other end of the world, Kashi may be the place. Kashi (pronounced kah-shur and sometimes spelled Kashgar) is China's westernmost city, a border outpost nestled between one of the world's highest mountain ranges, the Pamirs, and one of its most forbidding deserts, the Taklimakan. There are no rail lines here. The taxis are horse-drawn carts.
March 28, 2010
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October 6, 1985 |
"You paid much to see our exotics, so don't complain. You are going to see our exotics." Our Intourist guide, Natasha, as dryly humorous as she was dutifully propagandistic, was making light of our aim to see Uzbekistan, the ancient region near Afghanistan and China's Xinjiang province and now the Uzbek Socialist Soviet Republic. Natasha, of course, was right. To us, Uzbekistan meant pure exotica.
July 1, 1990 |
World Travel Watch is a monthly report designed to help you make informed judgments about travel throughout the world. Because conditions can change overnight, always make your own inquiries before you leave home. In the United States, contact the nearest passport agency office; abroad, check in with the nearest American embassy . Asia China/Pakistan: The Kunjerab Pass on the Karakoram Highway at the China/Pakistan border is closed.
April 26, 2008 |
Silk Roads Design Gallery on La Brea Avenue, dealer of Asian antiques, art and contemporary items, will close June 1 after 15 years to transition to a solely online business. Cari Markell, co-owner of the gallery with husband Jon, said Friday that "rents are going up" and that, with a worldwide clientele, the gallery is "getting more Web business than walk-in business." The website, she said, also allows the opportunity to provide information that helps potential buyers put artworks into historical, religious and cultural context.
November 17, 2010 |
At the Sunday market in Kashgar, it isn't a wild stretch to imagine commerce as it might have been in the 13th century when Marco Polo passed through this Silk Road oasis: Smooth-faced boys wrangle with horses, sheep and camels. Mounds of melons and grapes are stacked on the bare wooden planks of mule-drawn carts. A wizened man wearing a skullcap sharpens knives on a lathe operated by foot pedals. But modernity is catching up with a vengeance, as the Chinese government yanks the nation's westernmost city, despite the misgivings of many residents, into the 21st century.
April 24, 1988 |
The desert has come to Japan. Workmen have installed a piece of China's Taklimakan Desert in Nara Park, sealed inside a tent-like structure surrounded by gamboling deer and lush green hills. They imported 30 tons of authentic Taklimakan sand and used heaters and dehumidifiers to recreate the desert's harsh climate, allowing people to experience a landscape so alien to these misty islands that it might as well be from the moon.
March 19, 2008 |
AH, the colors of spring -- bright red, blazing yellow and vivid green; deep purple, brilliant blue, pink dashed with scarlet -- all scattered around in little semi-orbs, like the eggs of impossibly brilliant birds. This is the season of the jelly bean. And it's getting baroque in bean land. Forget plain lemon and cherry. You can get assortments in as many as 50 flavors -- including margarita -- or you can order a single flavor (say French vanilla) by the pound.