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Newcastle

For the uninitiated, Newcastle is all about coal and industry – the lifeblood of modern civilisation but not that interesting for tourists.

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Chengde

Originally known as Rehe (and as ‘Jehol’ in Europe), Chengde evolved during the first half of the Qing dynasty from hunting grounds to full-scale summer resort and China’s centre of foreign affairs.

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Suzhou

Marco Polo once claimed that Suzhou was one of the most beautiful cities in China (though Hangzhou was better).

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Xi’an

As my favourite destination in China, Xi’an today sits in the fertile Wei River valley, one of the epicentres of early Chinese civilisation.

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Beijing

Stop–start capital since the Mongol Yuan dynasty, Běijīng is one of China’s true ancient citadels. It is also an aspiring, confident and modern city that seems assured of its destiny to rule over China...

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Shanghai

The most dynamic city in the world’s fastest- changing nation, Shanghai is an exhilarating, ever-morphing metropolis that isn’t just living China’s dream, but is setting the pace for the rest of the world.

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London

London is immersed in history. Not so much that it’s intimidating, but there’s sufficient antiquity and historic splendour (Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court) to blow you away. 

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Krabi

IF YOU are looking to take your family or friends on a relaxing vacation to an affordable seaside destination without travelling too far, Krabi might just fit the bill.

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Taipei

Taipei has gone from an ugly duckling of Asia to one of the region’s most dynamic, comfortable and liveable cities. Most important to the intrepid traveller, Taipei is also fun. If you take some...

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Bangkok

Same same, but different. It’s Thailish T-shirt philosophy that sums up Bangkok, a city where the tastes of many places are mixed into an often-spicy dish.