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GHF in the News November 07, 2017

Transforming Pingyao’s historic courtyard homes

A visit to Pingyao, in Shanxi province, feels like walking through a time capsule. The 2,700-year-old city was once the renowned banking capital of China, as important in the latter part of the Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912) as Wall Street is in the United States today. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Beyond Angkor Wat: The forgotten temples of Cambodia’s Banteay Chhmar

If you’ve heard of one Cambodian temple, it’s probably Angkor Wat — an awe-inspiring yet well-trodden UNESCO World Heritage Site in Siem Reap. But many travelers don’t realize the Seventh Wonder of the World is one of thousands of ancient Khmer temples dotting the Cambodian countryside. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Spies in the sky: the answer to stopping archaeological looting?

An archaeologist hailed as a modern-day “Indiana Jones” wants more eyes in the sky to stop the looting of historic cultural sites worldwide, starting with ruins left behind by the Incans and other indigenous civilizations in the Peruvian highlands and coastal desert. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Kolumbien: Trekking-Tour in die Verlorene Stadt

Adan de Jesus Bedolla ist eine Legende in der Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, dem höchsten Küstengebirge der Welt. Er hat Koka angebaut, Gräber ausgeraubt und betreibt heute, mit 70 Jahren, eines der größten Camps auf dem Weg in die Verlorene Stadt, in die Ciudad Perdida. “Ich war 30 Jahre lang Grabräuber. Ich…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Auf alten Pfaden zu Kolumbiens schönsten Ruinen

Als Gilberto Cadavid über die moosbewachsenen Stufen mitten im kolumbianischen Urwald stolpert, weiß er sich endlich seinem Ziel nahe. Tagelang hat sich der Archäologe mit seiner Machete durch das grüne Dickicht gekämpft, das Hemd schweißnass am Körper, die Arme geschwollen von Moskitostichen. Er ist auf der Suche nach Ciudad Perdida, der „verlorenen Stadt“…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Lost and Found: The Mycenaean Palace of Laconia

Seven miles south of the town of Sparta, in the softly rolling hills of Laconia, Greece, and along the seaward road to Gytheio, a one-room church stands in a grove of olive trees. Known as Ayios Vasileios, it is an unassuming structure, a small building made of local stone and brick named in…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Göbekli Tepe: Discovering the World’s Oldest Religious Site

“This is the first human-built holy place,” Klaus Schmidt, the late director of excavation at Göbekli Tepe, once said of the ancient Anatolian site. It is a powerful statement, but belying the grandiose imagery is the reality on the ground. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Integrate Global Creativity; Imprint The Style of The Era

The first International Style Conference was jointly held in Niccolo Chengdu by T China and Chengdu International Finance Square (Chengdu IFS), dedicated to explore Style Transformation in China among global creative professionals. Being the first style conference on an international scale held in China, it represents the aesthetic value and lifestyle of the…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Cambodia’s charm offensive! How a new frontier has opened in this bewitching country – and it’s blissful

Angkor Wat’s glories and the sombre spectre of the Killing Fields are often what comes to mind when thinking of Cambodia. But this intriguing country is now forging a new frontier, offering up its islands, with their uncrowded, sandy beaches, as the perfect antidote to days spent exhaustively touring temples. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Restoring that hidden heritage

Regarded as one of the foremost conservationists in the sub-continent, Archt. Abha Narain Lambah muses that her favourite projects have been three Buddhist sites, namely the Maitreya Buddha Temple in Ladakh, the Ajanta Caves and Bodhagaya. “I must have some Buddhist karma to get work with all these beautiful sites,” she quips. Read…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Cost of Trinkets: A Growing Archaeological Looting Network Between Thailand and Myanmar

Ancient jewelry, coins, and tiny ornaments for the mantelpiece may seem harmless when compared to a large bust or stolen sculpture, but the cumulative process to seek, loot, and put these materials on the market for consumers is much more destructive towards heritage than we often perceive. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

A Walk Down the Enchanting Stepwells of India

Unique to India, stepwells have been an integral bridge between several Indian civilizations and traditional water harvesting techniques. While the first ones were built as early as 600 CE and reached their height till the twentieth century, they’ve been forgotten with the technological advances of the present and are still hidden from many…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Saving historical legacy

For over the past 50 years, Gopaldas Mukherjee, affectionately known as Botuda, has lived his life with passion. He has never been after materialistic possessions of the world that is often used as a yardstick to judge the stories of success and failure. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Three spring weekends saw stampedes at the Great Wall, China’s most iconic monument. In fact, these holidays, while they’ve existed on the Chinese calendar for decades, if not centuries, were codified specifically to give all 1,500 or so miles of the Great Wall and other national heritage and natural areas a break. Read more…

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GHF in the News November 03, 2017

Lamu’s dilemma

In 1981, Joseph Ayugi and five of his friends working in a mining quarry in Likoni moved to Manda Island in Lamu at the suggestion of their foreman. Ayugi says the foreman, who was from the Coast, told them the area was sitting on a colossal amount “white gold”. Read more…

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GHF in the News May 17, 2017

So You Want to Fly Drones for Conservation?

In the recent past, drones have exploded into the public eye. A subject of constant controversy, they summon debates about personal privacy, the dynamics of political conflict, and the dangers of the power they confer on the individuals who control them. But how about the ways drones can creatively contribute to society? Read…

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GHF in the News April 27, 2017

AFR Lunch: Tony Wheeler, the Lonely Planet founder still living the dream

It’s perhaps unsurprising that I need to travel to have lunch with a man who has made a life, and a fortune, out of travel. Tony Wheeler, the backpacker who built the Lonely Planet guidebook business after travelling across Asia on the cheap 45 years ago, is on his annual summer holiday with…

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GHF in the News February 24, 2017

Lonely Planet co-founder: ‘The first book was an accident’

Tony and Maureen Wheeler co-founded Lonely Planet in 1973 after the couple travelled overland from London to Australia. The travel publisher, which has since printed more than 120 million books in 11 languages, sold a 75% stake in the business to BBC Worldwide in 2007. The Wheelers sold their remaining 25% stake in…

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GHF in the News February 02, 2017

Cambodian Government Makes Bid to Add More Heritage Sites, Including Banteay Chhmar

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is preparing documents to add Banteay Chhmar temple to a list of tentative World Heritage Sites while it awaits the results from Unesco over another temple complex. Read more…

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GHF in the News January 20, 2017

Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities President Meets Global Heritage Fund CEO

Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa received Global Heritage Fund executive director Stephan Portman and discussed cooperation and ways of protecting heritage vestiges in Arab countries. Read more…

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