This Week's Features

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Sydney

Sydney, one of the most iconic cities in the world, is my second home after Malaysia. It was the glitzy side that first attracted me – the sense that there was always something thrilling going on somewhere, and if you turned the right corner, you could be part of it.

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Jakarta

Jakarta certainly isn’t a primary tourist destination, but parts of the atmospheric old city (Kota) offer an interesting insight into the capital’s long history.

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Newcastle

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

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

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 – CNN.com

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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 – CNN.com

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 – CNN.com

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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’ 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, 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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