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Forest bathing: A mindful walk, no getting wet
In Japan, it's called "shinrin-yoku," which translates as forest bathing. It's the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being, and interest in the concept is growing, with spas, resorts, retreat centers, gardens and parks offering guided "forest bathing" experiences.
 
Golden Pin Concept Design Award finalists rise to the challenge
The Golden Pin Design Award, the longest-running award of its kind, is an annual award that celebrates innovative designs of products and projects that are expressly created or inspired by "Huaren" (華人) -- those from Chinese-speaking cultures and societies.
 
The 'Yilan Chair,' a competition  full of potential
Despite being the first year of the "Practical Group," judges still set their criteria high for the four standards of marketability, theme, practicality and technical aspects, and decided to let the gold medal remain vacant.
 
Cheers for the winning chairs!
In celebration of its fourth year, the Yilan Chair Design Competition (宜蘭椅設計大賞) announced this year's winning chairs on Sept. 3 at the Loudong Cultural Working House (羅東文化工場).
 
Freisa thrives on the marly-chalk soils in the hills of Piemonte in northern Italy. The grape has medium levels of acidity and abundant tannin, giving Freisa good aging potential. Other varieties such as Barbera and Nebbiolo replaced Freisa after the Phylloxera crisis in the late 19th century because they were easier to work with. Barbera and Nebbiolo have since become famous for producing some of Italy's finest reds.
 
Two to tango, whether queer or straight
In tango, a male dancer leads his female partner through a series of sensual and synchronized movements. The man always leads -- but Argentina's "queer tango" turns this convention upside-down.
 
Cruise ship makes historic voyage in melting Arctic
The giant luxury cruise liner was anchored just off Nome, too hulking to use the Bering Sea community's docks on its inaugural visit.
 
Out of the closet and ready for Miss America
After competing in pageants for generations in the closet or working behind the scenes, gays and lesbians finally get to see one of their own take one of pageantry's biggest stages.
 
Dubai opens Marvel-branded indoor theme park
As summer temperatures soared outside, the world's largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in the Middle East's tourist hub of Dubai -- the latest in a myriad of new attractions here.
 
China, world leader in tea, grows a taste for UK blends
Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter. The opulently decorated Victorian tea salon is quintessentially British, something straight out of Downton Abbey. Except it's in Beijing.
 
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