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Tips and Articles in China

Thanks to a burgeoning currency and a growing middle class, Chinese travelers are poised to transform the landscape of tourism, just as Americans did when they took to the road en masse in the 1950’s and 60’s. Assisted by the construction and expa...
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...
Azure, Hong Kong Scene A "floating" glass dining room atop a boutique hotel, with 270-degree views. Must-Order Salade terroir—smoked duck breast, foie gras, tomatoes, and quail eggs. Where 33 Wyndham St.; 852/3518-9330; dinner for two $130. Bon...
How can you be nostalgic about a place that you’ve only just gotten to know?This is the question I keep asking myself during a New Year’s Day lunch in Macau, the former Portuguese colony that is now a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. ...
It turns 44 this fall, if we’re really counting, but in Hong Kong, where one year packs the turbocharge of 10, it might as well be four centuries old. Long-timers remember when it was the most provocative building on the waterfront—and actually on...
For wellness-seekers, the goal isn't just the outward journey, but the inward one as well: travel as one part recreation, one part re-creation. Higher-minded resorts from Hong Kong to Brazil are answering the call, providing an escape from life's ...
TOWER OF PISA FINDS ITS FOOTING Officials Plan a Dubious Debut Pisa's landmark campanile is finally on solid ground. On June 17, a preview and gala is set to mark the rechristening of the 180-foot tower that, since its construction, has seemed re...
In 1992 I left Delhi and began living in a small village in the Indian Himalayas. It was spring when I arrived. I got up every cloudless morning and walked out onto the balcony of my cottage to see the white mountains toward the east straining hig...
Before my first trip to China, in 1983, I was warned that the food would be terrible, and it more than met expectations: greasy, gristly, dismal, prepared with that brutal indifference Communism seemed to celebrate, and served up gray and ...
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 ...