Juxtaposing Western modernity, Chinese heritage and lingering hints of colonial assertiveness, Shanghai’s character is proudly eclectic but therefore a nightmare to plan. With only two days on hand to roam the city and London dwelling friend in tow, the pressure was on to build the perfect itinerary that allowed us to sample all the city had to offer, including its many foodie treats (note to IBS … [Read more...]
Nothing suits a weekend more than pounding the pavements in some of the world's top cities. Here, I round up my favourite cities, perfect for a weekend break with all my tips on where to stay, what to do and where to eat on your ideal city break, wherever it is in the world.
Beijing conjures up an immense range of contrasting connotations. Smog filled crowded city. Culture rich centre of Chinese history. With an incredibly high population density and a low proportion of English speakers, it can seem a daunting place to visit. But it offers one of the best glimpses into Chinese life for the uninitiated and will guarantee to surprise with its tranquility and trendiness, … [Read more...]
Eclipsed in reputation by its more sinister Northerly neighbour, South Korea, a country rich in natural beauty, incredible food and genuinely kind and welcoming people, is emerging into a well-deserved limelight of its own thanks in part to the iconic PSY and his famed Gangnam Style. But there is more to the country than K-Pop and for the uninitiated, the best starting point for Korean … [Read more...]
Hong Kong may be small but it’s immense in its sheer overwhelming magnitude of things to see. Unlike other well heeled tourist cities, uncovering HK’s hidden secrets is a little bit more tricky with most visitors failing to see the real strength of the city beyond the well trodden tourist traps. Having lived here for three years and played host to countless visitors, this is my quick glance guide … [Read more...]
Whether you've watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi or gazed longingly at the backdrop skyline in Lost in Translation, Tokyo's portrayal in the media can't even begin the convey the charm, scent and addictiveness of the city itself. An incredible fusion of modern architecture, mystical ancient temples, a love of fashion and design and possibly the best food in the world, Tokyo has to be the … [Read more...]