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Shanghai, China's largest city, has a population of more than 13 million; countless shops, stores, malls, and street markets sprawl over the city's nearly 2,500 square miles. But it's easy enough to find the absolute epicenter of Shanghai's consum...
Named for the Central district complex it's built above, the glass-sheathed, 113-room Landmark Mandarin Oriental elevates hotel style both figuratively and literally. Masculine guest rooms (zebrano and ebony cabinetry, wenge-wood floors) b...
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 ...
My wife and I are going to China in the spring. Can you recommend a few affordable tours? —C.D., VIA E-MAIL The 13-day Yangtze River Splendors trip offered by Orient Flexi-Pax Tours (800/545-5540; www.isram.com; from $2,685 per person, including ...
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 ...
Kristi Elborne “Last fall, I traveled to Lijiang, in China’s southernmost region, to see the Naxi, descendants of  Tibetan nomads and one of the world’s only remaining matriarchal societies. Eighty-year-old women sat drying crab apples, their fac...
The capital city’s traditional—and quickly vanishing—hutong neighborhoods come to life in Michael Meyer’s memoir The Last Days of Old Beijing (Walker & Company, $25.99). In Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper (W.W. Norton & Company; $24.95), Brit...
Beijing Noteworthy newcomers include the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing, with its traditional Chippendale furniture, and its sleeker cousin, the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street; the Raffles Beijing Hotel, which occupies an early-1900’s French-Asia...
Let Shanghai have its buzz and Singapore its rich mix of ethnic cuisines. The sophistication of the Cantonese palate, the islanders' obsession with tradition and quality, and the boom in restaurants specializing in dishes from across China—not to ...
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...
Q: My family and I are renting a country house in England. Do we need to follow any specific recycling guidelines? —Charlotte Gandossi, Jacksonville, Fla. A: Recyclable glass, paper, and metal collection is common in England (as in much of the Un...
The remaining U.S. wilderness Think of it this way: there's a finite amount of it, and it's shrinking. The wolves of Yellowstone, for example, so successfully reintroduced seven years ago, are again the target of ranchers in Wyoming and Idaho unha...
Now if I tear anything down, people will kill me, because it's by not tearing things down that they can get rich people to come and spend money," Zhuang Chundi, Zhouzhuang's former mayor, tells me in a restaurant above a humpbacked bridge. Through...
There are those who will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being discovered. Wang Xiaoqiong and Wang Hai, the owners of Da Ping Huo, have never hung a sign outside their Sichuan restaurant or listed their address and phone number in the book. S...