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Between Pakistan and China

By Linda Tancs

Some might call the Karakoram Highway the ultimate road trip. Or maybe thrill ride is a better term. Connecting China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, it’s loaded with hairpin turns, pencil-thin roads and steep slopes. It’s also billed as the world’s highest paved international border crossing, reaching over 15,000 feet above sea level. Stretching about 800 miles, part of its path traces the ancient Silk Road, a network of trade routes formally established during the Han Dynasty of China. If you’re keen to test your stamina (as well as your nerves), then this might be the trip for you.


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Polo in Pakistan

By Linda Tancs

Amidst the political turmoil and violence of Pakistan, one might hardly expect to find the genteel sport of polo–the ancient pursuit of kings and noblemen.  Yet that is exactly what you will find at a polo club in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city.  Lahore Polo Club is one of the oldest clubs in the world, attracting foreign dignitaries from around the globe to watch or play.  Not surprisingly, the 1000-year-old practice there has produced some of the most internationally recognized players like the brothers Baig.  Even women are encouraged to play.  Sometimes a model for egalitarianism is found in the most unusual of places.

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