All eyes are on Beijing right now, for obvious reasons, and today I stumbled upon a blog post which caught my eye. The Chinese are renowned for eating pretty much anything, and so it was interesting to be able to see pictures of a market offering everything from starfish grilled in shark oil to […]
In case you missed it, take a moment to marvel at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Unfortunately the Olympic committee doesn’t allow footage to be re-produced, but you can enjoy this series of still images put together in a video.
Beijing’s newest hotel opens today, fractionally late for the Olympics but still able to take advantage of the spectacle. The Opposite House has 99 generous rooms (reputedly among the largest in Beijing) and was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. This new boutique hotel has a Mediterranean restaurant and one that specialises in North Asian […]
This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular interest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my PhD was in glaciology. Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t […]
The 610-room Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai – which last month hosted the Asia Luxury Travel Market (ALTM) – is currently underoing a major $40m refurbishment of all its rooms. The new rooms will boast a contemporary décor with Asian influences including modern Chinese artwork, and include the 500 sq m Ritz-Carlton Suite.
Ballet San Jose has announced a five-week, eight-city tour to China scheduled for May and June 2008. The tour, named Goodwill Tour From Silicon Valley, will include performances at the Grand Theatre in Shanghai and the Poly Theatre in Beijing. Programs will include fully staged productions of The Firebird and Carmina Burana, plus additional ballets […]
In a bid not to upset its guests with the mammoth, week-long task of cleaning its windows, the five-star Shanghai Sheraton Hotel took a light-hearted approach to the job in hand. They got their window cleaners to dress up in Spiderman outfits for the job. The stunt has attracted so much attention that visitors […]
Stay at the new Swissotel Grand Shanghai between now and August and you’ll get to take advantage of their introductory rate of $178 a night. This is Swissotel’s third hotel in China, on the back of earlier projects in Beijing and Kunshan. The five-star hotel has 467 rooms and suites and four restaurants, and […]
If you’re in China for the Olympics and looking to explore further afield, then take a look at Red Capital Ranch; it is hidden away in the countryside about an hour from Beijing. The Great Wall is so close you can see unrestored sections of it from your room, and you can walk up it […]
The Grand Millennium Beijing, which is due to have its grand opening in mid-June, ‘soft opened’ last week. It’s a 5-star hotel with 521 guest rooms, three levels of spa and fitness services, restaurants offering a variety of different cuisines, the latest in meeting and conference facilities and hotel-wide broadband access. Early opening rates […]
I’ve previously expressed my dislike of seven-star hotels – not because of their standards, but because of their self-accredited classification. Worldwide, there are no official, national hotel classification schemes that allocate 6 or 7 star awards. This aside, apparently there’s another one on the horizon, and this time it’s heading for Hangzhou in […]
The Plateau at the Grand Hyatt – the birthplace of the residential spa concept – is a spa on the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong‘s 11th floor and includes 14 rooms for treatments and sleeping, with thick futons, enormous granite bathtubs, and a compact ryokan-meets-yacht-cabin design. Well-trained therapists deliver spa treatments as though they were room […]
According to the AFP, the most luxurious train in the world could be beginning operations in China later this year: China will launch “the most luxurious train in the world” to ply the route from Beijing to Tibet’s capital Lhasa, state media reported Sunday. However, a ride on the train, which will begin operations on […]
$251 per person will buy you the Nick Faldo Golf Package from Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap. It includes 2 nights accommodation in a superior room, airport transfers, and a round of golf (caddy included) on the new Nick Faldo golf course close to Angkor Wat. This leaves you with ample remaining […]
The Peninsula Hong Kong is running a number of themed activities this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary of service excellence. Their 80th Anniversary Rejuvenation Package is for 2 people, using the Private Spa for Two, and includes a 30-minute salt and oil full body exfoliation, an 80-minute Aromatherapy massage and Oriental head massage, […]
Tailor-made wine and culinary programmes are being launched at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, later this month. Their first Weekend Connoisseur package takes place on the weekend of 21st-24th March 2008 and includes 2 nights’ deluxe accommodation, a bottle of Ruinart Champagne, a 3-course lunch, an 8-course dinner, a Champagne brunch, daily breakfast, a […]