Hello Kitty-themed train departs from Taiwan station

Lucky fans of Hello Kitty were among the first to ride a train themed after the iconic fictional character on its inaugural run in Taiwan on Monday. The Hello Kitty-themed Taroko Express train, the first in Taiwan, set off from the Shulin train station and will travel to Taitung on the east coast route. The … Read more Hello Kitty-themed train departs from Taiwan station

Pakistan’s first women-only rickshaw service struggles after just a year

Pakistan’s first women-only rickshaw service was meant to provide its staff with a new way of gaining financial independence and its passengers with the chance of a ride without being groped and harassed by male drivers. But, after just a year in business, the “Pink Rickshaw” in the Punjabi city of Lahore, is struggling. Help … Read more Pakistan’s first women-only rickshaw service struggles after just a year

On Alexandria’s Fouad Street, some have a longing for the elegant past

Along Fouad Street, a Costa coffee shop near old buildings with Italian and French architecture reminds Egyptians that commercial ventures threaten to erase traces of Alexandria’s aristocratic past. Named after King Fouad I, who died in 1936, the street is a throwback to a time when the arts flourished in a cosmopolitan city that is … Read more On Alexandria’s Fouad Street, some have a longing for the elegant past

New York auctions paint somber picture of Chinese art buyers

Along with oil, stocks and steel, China’s roiling economic slowdown has deflated the buoyancy of another sector: the Asian Art market. Wealthy Chinese art collectors had driven art sales skyward in recent years for Chinese and Western art, such as the Modigliani nude that was bought by an anonymous Chinese buyer last year for $170.4 … Read more New York auctions paint somber picture of Chinese art buyers