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China isn’t exactly known for sustainability, but the new Urbn Hotels & Resorts group aims to change that. The budding chain’s first property, a former factory and post office in central Shanghai, utilizes energy-efficient, water-based air-conditi...
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...
China’s population may be booming and the country’s cities increasingly more polluted, but there’s fresh air in sight for smart travelers: a bona-fide eco-resort. Deep within the Nankun Mountain Reserve, 2½ hours northeast of Hong Kong, the archit...
Shanghai In the heart of Pudong, the stylish Shile Boutique Lifestyle Centre (No. 1, Lane 599, Fangdian Rd.; 86-21/5033-9113) offers a modern take on ancient Chinese wellness: the vast glass-and-stone building encompasses a spa, health center, wi...
Double happiness, as the Chinese like to say. I arrived in Shanghai this past November at a propitious moment. Autumn is the only season when one can partake of the famous Shanghai crab, but the travel gods had arranged additional good fortune. A ...
Art Europe London “From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings, 1870–1925, from Moscow and St. Petersburg,” at the Royal Academy of Arts (through April 18; royalacademy.org.uk). This exhibition, highlighting one international love affair b...
Good design enhances every aspect of the travel experience. Walking into a beautifully built air terminal or railway station can ease the stress of transport; the architecture of a museum, shop, or restaurant can complement—and even elevate—the se...
In the city of Guangzhou, 75 miles north of Hong Kong on the Pearl River, I can feel the promise of present-day China everywhere I go: a new international airport, a sleek ferry terminal, a state-of-the-art convention center. The skyline changes f...
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express—a reconstruction of the train that inspired Agatha Christie's famous mystery—glides from Paris to Istanbul in six days and five nights, past bustling European cities and through the snowcapped Alps. Aboard the O-E...
In the heyday of the British Empire, young Englishmen of privilege would customarily round off their educations with a lengthy peregrination around the Continent—attending opera in Vienna, roaming the Accademia, sketching the Acropolis. The premis...
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When James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon hit bookstores in 1933, hordes of adventurers went searching the Himalayas for the mythical paradise he imagined. Sixty-eight years later, the supposed setting for Hilton's book was officially renamed Shangri...
When Hong Kong–based chef Calvin Yeung (Hutong, Aqua) decided to take his popular Chinese cuisine to Victoria Harbour, he turned to two of the city's last remaining master craftsmen to design his boat. The result: Aqua Luna (852/2116-8821; $23, i...
The private pool on the private, 2,500-square-foot terrace of the new $11,200-a-night Presidential Suite at the InterContinental in Hong Kong is constructed in the popular "infinity" style, and thus appears, from certain angles, to share water wit...