Archive For The “Travel” Category

China’s most epic high-speed rail journeys

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It was once Japan that was famous for its high-speed train network, introducing the world to its Shinkansen, or bullet trains, way back in 1964. But while the Land of the Rising Sun is still a leader in rail technology, it is now China that holds the crown of high-speed train capital of the world….

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Alternative Yunnan: best towns and villages to beat the crowds

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A journey to China’s southwest province of Yunnan is a journey into the colourful cultures of the region’s Bai, Yi and Naxi people, labyrinthine and historic old towns in the shadow of snow-capped peaks, and flavour-packed street food and local markets. Yunnan is a popular region for visitors, especially with Chinese tourists, so the following…

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The unexpected art of outback New South Wales

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For many travellers to Oz, the state of New South Wales (NSW) has big-ticket appeal. Top billing goes to Sydney and the state’s supercharged coastline, but its far-west outback corner often goes overlooked. Out here, there is otherworldly beauty in the rough and rugged terrain, inspiring an eccentricity and creativity in a population whose artistic…

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Two days in Jakarta: an ultra urban experience

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Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is often referred to as the city of contrasts, and for good reason. Those with a bit of time and patience will find an intriguing juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers and shanty towns, sophisticated dining and roadside food stalls, and historic buildings besieged by the city’s notorious gridlock. Couple this with an array…

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My city: Tokyo

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Lonely Planet Local Rebecca Milner moved from California to Tokyo for ‘just one year’… 15 years ago. She was drawn by the city’s larger-than-life image – all those bright lights and busy streets – but was surprised to discover just how liveable Tokyo really is. She spends her days wandering the back streets, tracking down…

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Living the high life in Lahaul and Spiti

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Imagine an arid land set high in the Indian Himalaya, a high-altitude desert punctuated by small patches of green and miniature villages of white, flat-roofed houses perched below stark rocky hillsides and jagged snow-covered peaks. Picture high passes blocked by snow and ice for half the year, and scattered stabs of colour from fluttering prayer…

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Into the heart of Borneo: a guide to Sarawak’s national parks

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Home to some of the world’s biggest caves and most diverse ecosystems, superlatives abound when it comes to describing Sarawak’s national parks. So blessed is this Malaysian state with a wealth of natural wonders that it can be difficult deciding exactly which parks to visit. To help you make your decision we’ve come up with…

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Hickory Nut Gorge: an easy Asheville day trip

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Just a 15-mile drive from the city limits of Asheville, Hickory Nut Gorge is a beautiful, canyon-like landscape that offers excellent fishing, hiking and boating, plus a variety of restaurants, shops and lodging. Here you’ll find three small communities – Bat Cave, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure – that are big on adventure. An aerial…

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