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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Just a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, California’s sunny city of San Diego has tacos and tequila down pat. Head Downtown with us as we hit Barrio Logan, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and East Village, and guzzle the best Mexican grub and tequila the area has to offer.
Duanwu Festival season is almost upon us and to jumpstart Double Fifth, Hong Kong serves up 500 metres of grueling dragon boat action. The Lamma 500 off of Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island, is a linchpin long boat event that lures serious competitors. It’s also a great excuse for spectators to party. In anticipation … More
I’m taking the family to California this July and we’re hitting up all the usual suspects: Disneyland, Big Sur, Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco etc. We’ll be spending a week in Los Angeles as well and would love to get in some primo beach time somewhere close by. It’s a big city … More
If you plan to observe a holiday in 2011 that commemorates the ritual suicide of a pre-Qin Dynasty scholar and poet, make it Duanwu Jie. The Duanwu Festival a.k.a. Dragon Boat Festival a.k.a. Double Fifth, takes place on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar (June 6 this year) in China … More
For years, the cookbook The Whole Beast was a quasi-myth outside of tight-lipped, fanatically-protective kitchen brigade circles in London. Conceived of and written by architect cum cook Fergus Henderson, it took the insistent nagging of soul brothers across the pond like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali to unearth the underground tome from the depths in … More
The Advocate, the LGBT-interest magazine of record in the United States, scored a rare, mainstream PR coup earlier this year with its second annual “Gayest Cities in America” list. The “controversy” that garnered the mag a healthy boost in sales and web traffic centred on the exclusion of San Francisco – the city that gave … More
Brisbane has had a rough go of it of late but the city is a terrific holiday bet still. Check out a tidy top ten for the down but not out Queensland capital. Queensland Cultural Centre South Bank Parklands, South Bank Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Photo credit One of the most prominent cultural pulse … More