This Week's Features

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In Japan, a temple devoted to mothers — and breasts –

A sacred temple in Wakayama is filled with thousands of depictions of female breasts, left as offerings by visitors who come to pray for women’s health issues. Source: In Japan, a temple devoted to mothers — and breasts –

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Disney’s new Shanghai park is no blockbuster yet – Oct. 5, 2016

Disney’s new mega theme park in Shanghai appears to be struggling to become a blockbuster hit with China’s cost-conscious consumers. Source: Disney’s new Shanghai park is no blockbuster yet – Oct. 5, 2016

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Hong Kong’s most scenic, sexiest roads –

With smooth runs that twist through subtropical forests and over misty hilltops, Hong Kong is made for motoring Source: Hong Kong’s most scenic, sexiest roads –

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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’ centre of foreign affairs.

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

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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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Stop-start capital since the Mongol Yuan dynasty, Beijing 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 ad infinitum.

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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 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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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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