Hong Kong – city walking guide: Wan Chai district

Wan Chai is one of Hong Kong’s oldest areas and it’s always been far less influenced by the city’s one-time colonial overlords than its neighbouring districts to the west. To this day, Wan Chai is a dense assemblage of residential flats, small stores, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and the occasional bar, crammed into just a few streets.We […]

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Hong Kong – city walking guide: exploring the Sham Shui Po district

Sham Shui Po has long been a working-class district of Hong Kong. This humble area hides an intriguing press of markets, shops, stalls, eateries – and, inevitably, a touch of hipster resurgence.We start our wander with that most Hong Kong of meals: a bowl of noodles. There are very few restaurants in Hong Kong that […]

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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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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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