Category: China

Photograph of the week: Yangshuo sunset

Photograph of the week: Yangshuo sunset

This mesmerising picture was taken in a remote corner of China, a half hour drive from the mountainous town of Yangshuo in Guangxi, a place that is truly far away from the beaten-track. The locals of Yangshuo are welcoming and infectiously cheerful, which is perhaps no surprise given the incredible scenery they wake up, work […]

The fake city of Paris... in China!

The fake city of Paris… in China!

Do you remember our blog post about the Chinese replica of the Austrian village of Hallstatt? They built a full scale replica of the Apline village in the Guangdong province of China. Well, it doesn’t stop there – the Chinese have also designed replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns. One such place is Tianducheng, […]

Top 10 European restaurants in Hong Kong

Top 10 European restaurants in Hong Kong

Mention Hong Kong and food, and tiny morsels of delicately packed dim sum in light bamboo baskets spring to mind. That should come as no surprise – situated at the Southeastern tip of Canton, Hong Kong has some of the world’s best Cantonese cuisine. But many visitors (and locals alike) miss out on the high […]

The world's most luxurious spa pools and baths

The world’s most luxurious spa pools and baths

Some of the world’s most opulent hotels seem to be competing for bragging rights on the most over the top Jacuzzis and spas. But what really makes a bath or spa pool luxurious? A key feature of the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong, for example, at more than $14,000 a night, is […]

Fascinating ice sculpture festivals from around the world

Fascinating ice sculpture festivals from around the world

Ice sculpting continues to not just intrigue but to fascinate many people. It is the extreme skills of the sculptors themselves, their technical ability and their imagination that is part of the mystique. It is also the magic that surrounds the many ice sculpture festivals held all over the world – literally. Even the countries […]

The largest seated Buddha in the world

The largest seated Buddha in the world

Lantau Island is home to Tian Tan Buddha, a giant bronze statue – 34 metres high – of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi. Also known as the Big Buddha, the statue is located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, near the Po Lin Monastery. The statue was completed in 1993 and symbolises the harmonious relationship […]

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

If you are planning to charter a private for your holiday this year, you will no doubt be looking to stay in a luxury hotel. All of the major cities and tourist destination have a range of luxury hotels to choose from, but here are some of the best luxury hotels in the world that […]

5 exciting city breaks

5 exciting city breaks

Beach holidays are great, but towards the end of the holiday they can start to lack excitement.  City breaks are therefore a perfect alternative – and often you can get your beach time too.  A city break means you can have it all! Ideal for those that need entertainment and want a trip that includes […]

8 boutique experiences in Asia

8 boutique experiences in Asia

Traveling to Asia and looking for an alternative to the luxury chain hotels? There are many advantages to staying at smaller resorts in that you can have a more tailor-made experience that is harder to find when staying at a hotel that has over a hundred check-ins daily. Here is a collection of properties that […]

5 of the best luxury vacation destinations in Asia

5 of the best luxury vacation destinations in Asia

Travelling to Asia is a big commitment, especially when you want to do it in style. Inter-railing and gap year travel aside, enjoying the finer side of the East means looking for only the best, luxurious destinations and below we’ve got five top picks you must consider when planning that trip of a lifetime. Maldives […]

10 of the most ambitious hotel projects in the world

10 of the most ambitious hotel projects in the world

While the world has been mired in a slowdown, ambitious hotel projects continue. From futuristic projects like Dubai’s Water Discus Hotel to mega-complex resorts, fantastic destination properties are being planned. The art of doing one better than the last big thing will continue to drive innovation until the most incredible projects seem ordinary. With that […]

5 places to take your honeymoon in South East Asia

5 places to take your honeymoon in South East Asia

A honeymoon is only supposed to happen once in a lifetime and there is no excuse to not make it a special occasion. Why not head out to South East Asia for fantastic weather, top notch hotels and some memorable sights? You could take a trip to South East Asia where you can enjoy a spa […]

The call of Everest

The call of Everest

Fifty years ago, Americans summited Mount Everest for the first time. To celebrate this anniversary, climbers Conrad Anker and Emily Harrington, writer Mark Jenkins, and naturalist Alton Byers meet to discuss the history and future of the world’s highest peak. This is a great video from the National Geographic Live! series which brings thought-provoking presentations […]

New to China: Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang

New to China: Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang

Shenyang’s Imperial Palace is the inspiration for one of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ newest mainland China properties. The Hong Kong-based hotel company is preparing to debut a new five-star hotel in the historic city of Shenyang, which is home to the only other existing royal palace in mainland China after the Forbidden City in Beijing. […]

Special feature: Intercontinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Special feature: Intercontinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

As you pass through its doors to the lobby and gaze upon the view through the ceiling-high windows at the distance, there is no doubt what the main attraction at the Intercontinental Hong Kong is. Sitting on a protruding promenade in Kowloon, the hotel is in a prime position to view Hong Kong Island as it […]

Hangzhou - a shopper's paradise in China

Hangzhou – a shopper’s paradise in China

Just a short 45 minute bullet train from Shanghai is the popular capital city of culture and leisure, Hangzhou. It has also been the national centre of the production of silk for centuries and today hundreds of thousands of ardent shoppers descend every year to browse through the diversity of quality products and textiles available. […]

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