Pros and cons of flying Air China from Europe to Japan via Beijing

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This article lists the pros and cons of flying Air China to Asia via Beijing airport. Air China is one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China. It flies to many cities around the world. Advantages of flying Air China with stopover in Beijing (1) Inexpensive business class compared to other airlines: […]

Hotel Éclat: luxury boutique hotel in Beijing

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Hotel Éclat is a 100-room luxury boutique hotel in Beijing’s Parkview Green in Fangcaodi, designed specially with the business traveler in mind. It features 26 luxurious rooms and suites featuring Jacuzzis in bathrooms; 20 indulgent suites boast their own private outdoor pool.  Modern, wonderfully spacious and filled with light, this boutique hotel has a wonderful Japanese […]

Travel Guide to Beijing, China


Beijing’s status as an It destination was confirmed recently when Lonely Planet named it one of the top cities to visit in 2013. But expats and savvy travelers have long known that the Chinese capital holds charm, luxury and excitement that go far beyond the tourist traps of the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Of course […]

India’s air pollution worse than China’s

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In the previous post, we warned you about the foul air in China’s cities where levels of air pollution are so high that breathing is extremely hazardous to your health. People who have respiratory illnesses and chronic asthma are advised not to spend a lot of time in Beijing. What I did not know is […]

Travel health warning: smog in Beijing is way off the charts

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If you thinking of visiting Beijing and you have respiratory problems (like asthma), bring an inhaler or stay indoors. Yesterday, more than 150 flights to Beijing were cancelled because of fog (official explanation), but in addition to the fog was an excessively high level of pollution, so high it was “off the charts”. The US […]

The Waterhouse: Shanghai’s first cutting-edge design hotel

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A distinctive new addition to the hotel scene in Shanghai is The Waterhouse at South Bund, an intimate boutique hotel located in Shanghai’s historic Shiliupu dockyard district.  This unique hotel with original designs has a philosophy based on an “inversion of internal and external spaces” and aims to create a “disorienting yet spatial experience for […]

Viking River Cruises: luxurious sojourn along the waterways of Europe and Asia

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If you are longing for a slower, more relaxing pace of travel, one that does not involve zipping around in airplanes and navigating crowded airports, why not take a river cruise to see the most beautiful landscapes and cities of Europe and Asia? Viking River Cruises has taken river cruising to a higher level with […]

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake: luxury and gastronomy in China’s Kunshan lake district

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Fairmont Yangcheng Lake is the first international five-star luxury hotel in Kunshan, an idyllic lake district just one hour from Shanghai and 30 minutes from Suzhou. Shaped like a Chinese fan on the banks of Yangcheng Lake, the hotel features 200 contemporary guestrooms and suites with expansive lake views. Restaurants and lounges include the signature […]

Homa Chateau in China: luxury hotel dedicated to modern art

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The first Relais & Châteaux hotel has just opened in China. It is called the Homa Chateau and its bold architectural landscape, located in a preserved and mythical part of China, is creating quite a stir. Just a few kilometers from Guilin and Yangshuo and between the lush nature filled with lakes and picture perfect […]

Hotel Soul: trendy design hotel in Suzhou, China


Suzhou, China is a beautiful historic city in the Yangtze River delta, just west of Shanghai, and is often called the Venice of China because of the canals that meander through the city. Unlike many other Chinese cities, Suzhou has preserved many of its old houses, temples, gardens and tea houses. If you are going […]