The Best New Hotels, Spas and Restaurants of 2012 by Condé Nast Traveler

From Condé Nast Traveler : “We all know what makes a good hotel good: impeccable service, excellent food, beautiful grounds (and let’s not forget a bed so plush that you dread going home). But for all of us here at Condé Nast Traveler, a good hotel is more than just a blissful temporary roost: It’s also … Continue reading

Wine glass of tulip-shape: Baccarrat claims it improves the taste of wine

French glassmaker is hoping to revolutionise the experience of drinking wine with a new design that promises to settle the age-old argument between alcohol and the grape. The tulip-shaped glass, with a wide flat base and a vertical “chimney”, will prevent the alcohol from overpowering the aroma of wine when the glass is swirled, according … Continue reading

LVMH continuing to push high-end luxury in China with sparkling wine under Chandon label

Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – LVMH – is continuing to push high-end luxury in China with a new venture to produce and sell sparkling wine under the Chandon label. LVMH has a 163-acre vineyard in China in place, and will build a winery nearby. LVMH will work with local partners to produce the wine, but … Continue reading

Over $10,000 for a train ticket to Lhasa from Beijing

Luxury train rides can be found all over the world, right from India, Russian, UK,Japan, Vegas, even China has it going. But a trip from China to Tibet has to be special in its own way, more so when china has planned to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in Tibet’s tourism infrastructure. A new luxury train that will run … Continue reading

His majesty Asparagus

Asparagus is a long-lived perennial, grown for its young tender shoots and ornamental foliage, and has been used as food for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder described cultivation methods used by the Romans for producing plants with blanched stems and of a cultivar producing spears of which three weighed a pound. Wild asparagus still … Continue reading

Luxury rooms at half the price – Shanghai luxury hotel’s new offering

Always wanted to check-in into a hi-end hotel, but pocket failed you? Not anymore. According to a new trend catching up in Shanghai you will soon be staying in those opulent hotels by paying half the price – RMB 500 as oppose to RMB 1000 to be precise. Ctrip recently launched a new campaign called … Continue reading

All Around Sushi

What is sushi? Beginning as a method of preserving fish centuries ago, sushi has evolved into an artful, unique dining experience. In its earliest form, dried fish was placed between two pieces of vinegared rice as a way of making it last. The nori (seaweed) was added later as a way to keep one’s fingers from getting … Continue reading

The Story of Tea

  In ancient times, tea was unknown beyond China. Rumors of its existence had reached other lands, and those who heard of it tried to find out what it was in accordance with their desires or imagination.The king of Inja sent an envoy to China, who returned with a gift of tea from the Emperor. … Continue reading

The most unusual delicacies of the world

Travelling is often about trying the unusual and attempting to experience the different culture of the country you are visiting. One of the best ways to do this is to try the foods the native people eat. They may not be to everyone’s tastes, but the following foods, whilst considered weird and bizarre to some … Continue reading

Nostalgy Express – the World’s Most Luxury Trains

Ever since Agatha Christie’s classic detective tale Murder on the Orient Express hit the screens with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, the Pullman has attained cult status. With their chugging locomotive engines, lovingly restored carriages, period style furnishings, elegant bars and restaurants and viewing cars resplendent with well-stocked libraries, the Pullman is a symbol of … Continue reading