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A luxury cruise on the Yangtze River

The Yangzi (or Yangtze) River is the world’s third longest river – with its humble origins in the Tibetan plateau, the river then grows in width and volume, flowing 6,400km (or almost 4,000 miles) to its mouth in Shanghai, where it empties into the East China Sea. The Yangzi River has historically acted as a […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – floating down the Yangtze River

The Velvet Moments travel photo series is a collection of photographic moments that define a Velvet Escape travel experience. Launched in January 2010, the series houses many of my favourite photos taken around the world. I decided to take this series a step further by inviting some of my favourite travel bloggers to contribute a […]

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Ten things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. With its awe-inspiring skyline and cosmopolitan buzz, Hong Kong lives up to its billing as the ‘Manhattan of Asia’ with true verve. To many visitors, Hong Kong may seem daunting at first but once you get past the gleaming skyscrapers, sprawling malls and neon-lit […]

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Confusing cuisine in China

Confusing cuisine: from stinky tofu to century eggs in China! Have you ever wondered what the equivalents of some of our stranger delicacies like toad in the hole and jellied eels are across the world? What better place to start exploring slightly strange and confusing foods than China – here are just a few examples […]

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Exploring Beijing

  Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, came into the spotlight when it hosted the Olympic Games in 2008. Although the city has seen a lot of development with glass skyscrapers, five-star hotels and massive shopping malls, Beijing is the political, cultural and educational centre of a country that remains under communist […]

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A thrilling cable car ride in Hong Kong

m4s0n501 I love cable cars. When I was a kid, I built simple models using string, wheels of discarded toy cars, little paper boxes (as the cabins – complete with drawings of windows and little faces), paperclips (to clip the ‘cabins’ to the string) and old shoe boxes (as the stations). The cable cars were […]

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The Hong Kong skyline by day and night

Hong Kong has one of the most impressive skylines in the world – the high density of skyscrapers, squashed in between the mountains of Hong Kong island and Victoria Harbour, is simply mind-boggling. On my recent visit, I spent a day going from place to place to view the skyline from various vantage points. International […]

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Culinary Journey: Wonton in Hong Kong Central

What: Wonton noodles Where: Tsim Chai Kee Noodle. 98, Wellington Street, Central, HK Notes: The wonton balls were seriously good! As big as golf balls, they’re freshly made every day and the ladies stuff them with a rich paste full of prawns. The wonton can be eaten in a variety of ways; plain or in […]

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What makes a hotel exceptional

There are many great hotels around the world but there are some which are truly exceptional. I’ve had the privilege of staying in some of them (in the days when my investment banking job paid the bills! ) and I’ve often pondered about what makes a great hotel exceptional. From my experience, it’s the small […]

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The Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights sound and light show is the largest permanent light show in the world and is one of the ‘must sees’ for visitors to Hong Kong. Held every night at 8pm, the best place to view the show is from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Kowloon. If you’re staying on Hong […]

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