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Hangzhou's Modern Marco Polo

201405-hd-chinas-new-ambassador-in-hangzhoujpgWhat would the modern-day Marco Polo look like? After a global search on Facebook, which included 26,000 applications, 26-year-old Liam Bates is the successful recruit. He'll become the foreign ambassador to represent the city of Hangzhou, a major tourist destination in China, and will work to encourage visits and increased tourism from foreign nationals.

The announcement was made on Monday, May 19, commencing the start of a 15-day trip to Hangzhou for Bates and a salary of 40,000 euros.

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Mark Zuckerberg Forever Young

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Mark Zuckerberg will be spending a lot of quality time with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

Immortalized in wax, Zuckerberg has joined fellow A-listers at Madame Tussauds, forever wearing a classic hoodie and pair of jeans, while sitting on a chair barefoot. Seems like the perfect superstar addition to the Bay Area—and a fun new selfie opp for tourists.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo by Beck Diefenbach 


T+L Facebook Chat: Italy

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Planning a trip to Italy this summer? Want expert advice on everything from where to shop in Florence to what to eat in Rome? Join us for a one-hour Facebook chat with host Valerie Waterhouse, T+L’s Milan-based correspondent, on Wednesday, March 13th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Just head over to T+L's Facebook wall and ask away. Valerie will be standing by—don't miss this great opportunity to get all your burning Italy travel questions answered!

 

All comments are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Maria Pedone is Travel + Leisure's digital editorial intern.

Photo by Simon Watson

Ask An Editor Day: T+L Answers Your Travel Questions

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Need help planning your next dream vacation? Looking for a few money-saving travel tips? You’re in luck! T+L invites you to our first-ever "Ask An Editor Day," taking place right on our Facebook Wall tomorrow, April 12.

From 10 a.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET, you can post your travel quandary on our Wall—and throughout the day our expert editors will respond with an answer.

Simply like our Facebook page and then head over to the Wall, where the Q+A party will take place. Don’t miss this chance to access T+L's expert editors—and get tips straight from the ultimate travel source! We look forward to hearing from you.

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