After four hours and a few motion sickness pills, a bus from Vientiane dropped us in the resort town of Vang Vieng. It wasn’t our first time here, but the small town had changed so much that we hardly recognized it. And for once, the changes were for the better.
With the backpacker party seemingly over, this small resort town is heading in a greener and more luxurious direction.
The bullet train line extends from Guangzhou to Beijing and covers a distance of 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) at an average speed of 300 kilometers per hour (186mph), completing the journey between Guangzhou and Beijing in a mere eight hours. Previously, the fastest train in the country took over 20 hours to travel between the cities. The high-speed line currently stops through 35 cities, including provincial capitals like Shijiazhuang, Wuhan, Changsha and Zhengzhou. Service is frequent, with 155 pairs of trains running in either direction daily.
China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line late last month, with plans for the routes to reach Hong Kong in the next few years.
When it comes to skiing in Asia, China might not be the first location that comes to mind. But with a number of top-notch ski resorts opening in recent years, it has emerged as a hot new destination for not just excellent skiing, but also a huge range of other activities—including some much-needed après ski.
Forget Sapporo—skiing is taking off in the PRC, with world-class facilities springing up all over northern China. Andrea Lo hits the slopes.
Just because you're on a detox holiday, it doesn't mean you need to feel deprived. Back in October, I checked out a wellness retreat that leaves guests feeling cared-for and calm.
What’s a sure-fire way to get the hell outta town when everyone else is fleeing to warmer climes on trips they planned months in advance? Make a beeline for Macau, of course. It’s cheap, convenient and there’s as much hoopla about the holidays there as there is here. Sure, Senado Square gets all prettified, but there’s more to do than just ooh and ahh at the lights. We’ve rounded up where to find the best Yuletide food, festivities, culture and more. And if you you want to stay the night, we’ve got you covered, too.
Hop on a ferry to our sister SAR for an easy escape during the festive season.
To most Hongkongers, Shenzhen’s a destination for shopping, while Guangzhou is pigeonholed as that polluted place you’re dragged to visit relatives during Chinese New Year. But despite misconceptions that it’s all factory smoke and mall mirrors, the city has experienced a renaissance of sorts over the last few years that has resulted in tons of cool activities sure to fill at least a weekend.
Hana R. Alberts braves the smog to venture into the Pearl River Delta, and discovers that our mainland neighbor has more to offer than she thought.