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With its quintet of restaurants, sprawling suites and lofty park views, The Murray turns Hong Kong’s reputation for toe-pinching hotels on its head. The building stands apart from the bulk of Central’s skyscrapers, giving most rooms far-reaching views – a rarity in Hong Kong. Inside, the passion for extra leg room prevails: even the smallest rooms are bigger and brighter than …

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Surrounded by a sea of summer-green bamboo, a wooden gate with a blue noren curtain opens onto a tranquil pathway lined with lanterns, pebbles, plants and, at the far end, a rock handbasin with trickling water. This sounds like the entrance of countless traditional ryokan inns across Japan, the serene pathway typically providing guests with …

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Stunning Son Kul Lake is the second largest in Kyrgyzstan and sits at an altitude of 3016 metres. The lake is only accessible by 4WD vehicles from mid-June to mid-September which is when the Kyrgyz nomads take their herds to the high pastures and set up camp. Staying in a yurt amongst the nomads is …

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Zhangjiajie is in the northwestern part of Hunan Province in central China. The main draw is the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Here, traveling through countless cloud-kissing mountains, clear streams and leafy trees, you may easily blend …

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Gujarat, on the western coast of India, is the location of some of the oldest trade routes in the world and boasts weaving techniques that can be traced back 7000 years.  The state is rife with more than 25 different ethnic groups, each with their own weaving patterns and motifs that express their culture and history.  Some of the most famous styles come from the Great and Little …

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 Bhutan – once a closed-off kingdom – has long inspired travellers to wax poetic. Open to visitors from abroad only since the 1970s, the last-remaining buddhist kingdom is wondrous and unique for many reasons, the rugged, soaring landscape is paradise for trekkers, with stunning views from the rooftop of the world. Add in locals in …

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The 15th century Tash Rabat caravanserai is a true relic of the Silk Road located in a high valley (3500m altitude) on the north side of the At-Bashy mountain range. The stone built structure, which may have started out as a Nestorian church, is half buried in the hillside and in a remarkable state of preservation …

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Condition Lab, an architectural research team led by Professor Peter W. Ferretto at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s (CUHK) School of Architecture and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Guangzhou University (GU) recently opened the Gaobu Book House, a collaborative project two years in the making. Over this period, the universities’ research …

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Once the financial capital of China’s last emperors, the Qing, Pingyao’s claim to tourism fame comes from none other than famed director Zhang Yimou. He immortalized its perfectly-preserved Chinese architecture in his film Raise the Red Lantern. Amateur photographers and videographers have been wandering Pingyao streets, shutters snapping, ever since. Day 1: Arrive in Pingyao by …

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From serving smoothie bowls and avocado dishes to expanding into clean, sustainable eating, Bandra’s Sequel 2.0 is a must-visit for more than just millennials. Cue more smoothie bowls and avocado-centric dishes? Yes of course. But Sequel is so much more than merely millennial-pleasing meals. We had a little preview to their all-new brunch menu that …

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