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8 Things to Do With Kids in Hangzhou

Hangzhou’s stunning West Lake, or Xi Hu, has inspired poets, leaders and heroes whose names have been passed down in stories for generations. The …

Things to do in Tokyo | Attractions Activities

Old meets New<p>The ancient heritage of Japan exists beside teeming urban life in Tokyo.<p>Concierge Recommends: Tokyo<p>The Chef Concierge at Four Seasons …


Shanghai Attractions Activities

Welcome to Shanghai<p>Watch this city of more than 17 million people as it writes new history, adding to its centuries-old traditions. Asia’s born-again …

7 Things to Do in Las Vegas With Kids

The city’s all-night energy and glittering casinos are decidedly adult, but Las Vegas offers a surprising number of kid-friendly attractions. At Four …

Las Vegas


Fun Activities & Things to See in Beijing

A visible imperial past and a bustling modern energy combine to lend the city of Beijing a unique charm. China’s capital is home to hundreds of …


A Tale of Two Cities | Life in Istanbul and London with Elif Shafak

As a writer, whichever way I travel, East or West, I treasure meeting with readers of all backgrounds. I am used to being asked questions, at every …

Hong Kong

The romance of 1920s train travel

Considered one of the most luxurious rail journeys in the world, the Venice Simplon Orient Express takes travellers across Europe – and back in time.


Voices of Red Hook, New York City

A year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the neighbourhood, Red Hook’s community continues to recover, cultivating artisan distilleries, small town charm and unparalleled views.

New York City

Does an Oscar really win tourism?

The Lord of the Rings films put New Zealand on the map for cinema-lovers around the world. But it’s not the easiest formula to replicate.<p>Destinations compete for the attention of would-be travellers everywhere: on billboards, in newspaper supplements, via online advertisements – even in cinema.<p>In …

New Zealand

The biggest Carnival to date?

With 2014 marking the first of two very important years for Brazil, BBC Travel went behind the scenes with some of the city’s largest and most popular samba schools.


How safe is your passport?

The mysterious case of missing Flight MH370, and two passengers with masked identities, could spell change for travellers.<p>Even as Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which was headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, seems to have vanished into thin air, two people listed on the flight manifest remain …

Kuala Lumpur
Stephen King

The heart of historic Mexico City

Mexico’s revitalised capital thrums with reminders of its storied past – and of the cosmopolitan energy that characterises the city today.


French food: Not so fresh?

After a survey revealed the prevalence of ready-made restaurant meals in France, restaurateurs and chefs alike are supporting a move towards locally sourced, fresh-made cuisine.<p>Fresh baguettes, aromatic fromage, decadent patisseries: these foods have shaped the tourist vision of France for decades, …


Abandoned New York City

A few of the city’s most incredible attractions are hidden in plain sight, undiscovered by a city that moves too quickly for people to see what’s right in front of them.<p>In recent years, Fort Tilden State Park has gone from being an obscure stretch of sand on the far end of New York City’s Rockaway …

Staten Island
Dining Rooms
Dining Rooms

Living in: The world’s top coffee cities

These six cities are known for their top-notch brews and caffeine-focused cultures – perfect for those on an extended stay.<p>In many of the world’s top coffee cities, the cafe is more than just a place to get a warm drink – it is also a hub of culture and conversation for locals and visitors alike. …


Paris to tourists: Stop locking down love

The tourist tradition of attaching padlocks to Paris’ Pont des Arts footbridge is ruining the structure – leading to some critics asking for the tradition to be outlawed.<p>Every year, thousands of couples make the pilgrimage to Paris’ Pont des Arts footbridge, where they attach to its railings …


A drink more American than beer?

The US loved cider back when John Adams drank a tankard a day, but the fermented apple drink fell from favour. Now, cider is back – and no longer seen as beer’s cloying stepchild.<p>Cider’s roots in the United States stretch back to the early days of British colonisation, and the pages of American …


Canada’s backcountry by air

A new ride shimmies over British Columbia’s jaw-dropping wilderness, giving nature lovers access to terrain usually reserved for steely rock climbers and tough backcountry hikers.<p>Vancouver visitors lured by British Columbia’s jaw-dropping wilderness can now spare their calf muscles thanks to a new …


How I quit my job to travel: The social entrepreneur

Travel blogger and global volunteer Urooj Qureshi explains why he left his stable job to serve the world community.<p>My decision to travel came as a surprise to many people. In 2012, after eight years as a social entrepreneur, I was headhunted for an important non-profit organisation in Ottawa, …

Social Entrepreneurship