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Tips and Articles in China

Hours before sundown on Friday, the neon-drenched Kowloon District is already rocking. The weekend action in Hong Kong, as always, revolves around shopping: streets are mobbed, stores are packed, the spirited bargaining over a Rolex sounds like op...
At the new Hong Kong Disneyland (ww.hongkongdisneyland.com), Main Street, U.S.A. comes with a Chinese twist: feng shui–aligned gates open to unveil dim sum restaurants and Mickeys bopping around in red and gold silk jackets. —E.S.
Who needs a disco when the restaurant is the club?These four new places are the talk of Hong Kong. Designer-of-the-moment Andre Fu puts a modern spin on old Shanghai supper clubs at Opia (1/F, 1–5 Irving St., Causeway Bay; 852/3196-9100), inside t...
Ever craved a deep-fried crab claw while lounging in your Hong Kong hotel? Now the Peninsula chain (800/745-8883; www.peninsula.com) is bringing the street to the suite, delivering local pushcart favorites right to your room. Try hot-and-sour soup...
AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, ASIA IS IN A BIT OF A SLUMP. One man's burden, however, is another man's bargain, and Asia's financial free fall has led to some of the most extraordinary deals ever. Tumbling currencies aren't completely to blame. In fact...
When it comes to getting the best price on a hotel room, Smokey Robinson's mama was right--you better shop around. We compared various ways of finding a good rate-booking via the Internet or through a consolidator, calling a hotel-chain 800 number...
Most travelers have a favorite hideaway. An Italian pensione that never makes its way into the guidebooks, a breezy beach resort that stays just under the radar. You know: a place you hold so dear that you'd faint if it ever appeared in a national...
If the bed is the heart of a hotel, then the bar is its soul. From the colonial swagger of the Chater Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, to the big-martini, big-cigar bar at Chicago's Four Seasons, the hotel bar is never just an outpost. For t...
Next time you breeze through a great hotel lobby, check out the gift shop. You might notice a change. Packs of chewing gum: gone. Logo T-shirts: not there. Plastic lighters: zippo. In their place, you're likely to spot regional crafts, chic place ...
On the road, these neo-nomads follow their own set of rules: Keep a closet in several cities, tip freely, pack scented candles, and always get your assistant to paddle your canoe. Want to know more?We asked seven mileage moguls to tell us. Aerin ...
L.A. sojourn: I usually stay at my brother's house in Pacific Palisades. He's a painter and has a great library of beautiful art books. Film is so image-oriented; I'm always inspired when I visit him. On directing Xiu-Xiu: The Sent Down Girl...
Breakfast is a highly personal matter, and even more so when you're traveling. Many people go to great lengths to find a breakfast that is first and foremost familiar: orange juice, a certain brand of cereal, toast and eggs. Others are just the op...
As Alexander Pope once said, the best way to be pleasantly surprised is to expect the absolute worst. So I had one thing going for me as I prepared to travel to Hong Kong's colossal new airport. My mission was to investigate what the future of air...
Pleasure usually takes a back seat in business travel. But Julie McCormack, a San Francisco entrepreneur, would prefer that it at least ride shotgun. Her year-old company, Worldwide Escapes, specializes in quickie adventure-travel packages in Chi...
Like cigars and martinis, barbershop shaves are in again. What's behind the trend?Part nostalgia for the days when men gathered (and burst into song) around the barber's chair, and part New Man: Don't men deserve to be pampered, too?And most repor...