The Great Wall. The Forbidden City. Ancient City of Ping Yao. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Historic Monuments of Dengfeng. Yes, indeed, China has a laundry list of ancient architectural icons. The new architectural landscape of the People’s Republic, however, may yet produce more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than the Ming Dynasty. And this ... More
Rum was once the tipple of choice in Australia (and, moreover, a form of currency) and wine is all the rage today. But beer, sweet beer, has a special place in Oz. Here’s a rundown of joints where atmosphere and taste collide.
The United Kingdom is known as a sanctuary for ramblers, traipsers and trampers but some destinations do better than others. With that, discover ten of our favourite pedestrian friendly towns in the UK.
The term “small town America” invokes specific imagery that transcends place (is it Connecticut, Alabama, or North Dakota) but seems set in a particular time. As much as we adore the seductive urban joys of a Los Angeles or Manhattan, we do concede that to discover the real U.S.A., you have to get beyond the ... More
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There is no place quite like Hong Kong. This eastern oasis boasts a remarkable density of restaurants, ranging from little known hole-in-the-wall jewels to top Michelin-starred establishments where reservations must be made weeks in advance. Hong Kong’s unique position as an independently governed city-state within China has allowed it to develop a distinct culture, cuisine, … More
California Wine Country, despite the incessant tourist convoys, is a breath of fresh air from the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. To amplify your time in Sonoma and Napa, pore over a handy list of essential experiences, from the best boutique wine producers to the best farmers markets and restaurants. Photo credit Without … More
Can you recommend some choice countryside towns to visit in the vicinity of London with only a weekend to spare? I will be in the capital for work in early September and desperately want to get out of the city for some peace and quiet, if only for a day or two.
Hot off a whirlwind tour of Canada, with stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife and Calgary, the most famous newlyweds on the planet took the Royal Family road show to Tinsel Town (courtesy of Canuck taxpayers). Check out Kate and Will in La-La-Land. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to … More
Activists all over the world fight tooth and nail against the consumption of certain foods, with the Asian continent a particular hotbed of controversy. Here’s a list of choice items that drive the people at PETA and Greenpeace nuts.
Any city where celebrity chefs hone skills and sharpen knives with uncanny regularity and food-mad denizens clamour for quality is a place you want to camp out for a day or two. Lyon, a foremost gourmet capital and temple of gastronomy in France, famously teems with a constellation of Michelin stars and a vital ensemble … More
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Democrat, Republican and now Independent, is nothing if not a savvy businessman. The billionaire mayor, after all, built a financial news and media information empire from scratch. So as liberal as Hizzoner may be, it wasn’t entirely surprising to hear him exhort gays and lesbians, soon after … More