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oh la la, st.-tropezConnoisseurs of the Côte d'Azur are now resting their heads at the Hôtel Villa Belrose, a dream of lemon stucco, ruddy canal tiles, and brilliant white balustrades. Call it haute glamour: the estate is discreetly situated at th...
First Soho China shocked Beijing with the concrete towers—accented in lemon, flamingo pink, and electric blue—of Soho New Town. Then the same developers brought haute design to the foot of the Great Wall with Commune, a cluster of strikingly moder...
Tibetan antique furniture expert Chris Buckley's renowned Beijing shop, Torana House, now has a sister in Shanghai: Torana Gallery (339-15 Chang Le St.; 86-21/5404-7787; www.toranahouse.com), a showroom-like space filled with treasures...
See our T+L Design Awards 2009 slideshow. Meet the Jury Architect Adam D. Tihany founded New York City–based Tihany Design in 1978. His multidisciplinary studio has designed restaurant interiors for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and hotels for the M...
"Your bags are not here," the woman in white gloves told me, taking a deep breath that suggested she'd been on the receiving end of passenger wrath before. "And there is no match with your tags in the computer." She lowered her eyes. After innume...
Beijing The sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38-yard lap pool, two indoor tennis courts, a 256-yard jogging and rollerblading track, and mor...
It defended dynasties for more than 19 centuries, but in recent years, China's Great Wall has become vulnerable to time, weather, and human encroachment. Though the wall was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, its crumbling ramparts were w...
Openings listed by launch date: Launch: Spring 2007 Virgin America When the low-cost carrier launches this year (at press time, the airline was awaiting Department of Transportation approval), it will fly Airbus 319’s and 320’s along mostl...
Films are big business in Mainland China—though not the sort shown at multiplexes. The cinema tradition that's making a comebackis the drive-in theater. Sparked both by the rise in car ownership among the Chinese middle class and by the SARS epide...
Beijing's HouHai Lake has been a favorite of picnickers and poets for decades. Recently, a fresh crop of inventive restaurants has sprouted beside the old Lotus Lane teahouses. Locals rave about the mango smoothies and soya-based coffees at Kosmo ...
We all look forward to the New Year to get a fresh start, make resolutions, and of course to peer into our crystal ball and figure out what will happen this year. The year past saw some pretty interesting developments in the world of travel: the ...
The first modern art exhibition I ever saw in Beijing was at the former house of a Ming-era court eunuch named Wang Zhen, who was known for being especially corrupt in a court famous for its corruption. After gaining the confidence of the young em...
I stumbled upon the oldest semolina bakery in the world and was welcomed—as if family—when the baker set up a card table in front of his tiny shop and filled it with goods from his cupboards and full pantry. I was surprised and delighted by the w...
Top Sights There are 31 sports venues scattered throughout Beijing, but the Olympic Green (beijing2008.com) will be the epicenter of the Games. It’s the site of the Herzog & de Meuron–designed “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium; the gymnastics and...
Happy cab rides are all alike; every unhappy cab ride, however, is unhappy in its own way. In Prague I learned from expensive experience that meters can be set at different rates. The next time, I made sure the driver set the correct rate, but he...