An Indian railway adventure: the pilgrim train from Hyderabad to Tamil Nadu

‘Don’t worry, she’s lighter than a feather,” said the man as he tried to pass his aged mother to me – in the train – up from the tracks. She eyed me suspiciously, decided I wasn’t a safe pair of hands and vaulted up the last couple of steps, pushed past me and hobbled down […]

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Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side

Artist’s rendering of the full Design Society complex in Shenzhen, created by architect Fumihiko Maki Shenzhen is a border town, tech hub, factory floor and somewhere Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has labelled a “generic city”: malleable enough to change its form with the times.This Pearl River Delta megalopolis is China’s richest city, having grown from […]

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Something in the local water makes Vietnam’s cao lau noodles special

 Once a key trading post on the Spice Route linking the orient and the occident, the ancient riverside port of Hoi An in central Vietnam has always been a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. It remains a honey pot for travellers – its streets are lined with higgledy piggledy wooden Japanese merchant houses, Chinese […]

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Chateau Changyu: a growing taste for Chinese wine

A few miles outside Xi’an, the city of Emperor Qin’s terracotta warriors, the guide on a tour bus filled with Italian wine professionals pointed across a bleak plain shadowed by empty towerblocks to a medieval castle with crenellated towers. We were touring the estates of the Yantai Changyu Pioneer Wine Company and our guide was […]

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