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How the Chinese fell in love with the Highlands

How the Chinese fell in love with the Highlands Visits to the wilds of Scotland by the burgeoning Chinese middle class are up six-fold in the past decade – and there’s no sign the numbers are letting up The vast, wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands have long lured tourists, but now a visit is becoming something of a status symbol among China’s growing number of middle-class or wealthy families. In 2017, of the 337,000 visitors from China who travelled to the UK, 62,000 went to Scotland, an almost sixfold increase since 2009, according to VisitScotland. Edinburgh is now the second most-visited city in the UK by Chinese tourists, after London, and last summer direct flights began between the…

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The top places to visit in 2019 according to Rough Guides

The top places to visit in 2019 according to Rough Guides Rough Guides has announced its annual list of must-see destinations. A team of expert writers and editors have recommended a list of 19 places that it would be best to see in 2019. The list comprises 8 top towns and cities, 6 top regions, and 5 top countries. Below is a selection of the Rough The post The top places to visit in 2019 according to Rough Guides appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Johnson Tweet

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The best cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve

The best cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve After packing away the decorations and preparing yourself to go back to work, it is easy to become deflated after Christmas. As the festive spirits slowly start to dissipate, you may be seeking another source of celebration. Why not perk yourself up by welcoming in the New Year in style? New Year’s Eve is a The post The best cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Andrew Bezhenar Tweet

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China will be the world’s most visited country by 2030

China will be the world’s most visited country by 2030 New research predicts that China will be the most popular holiday spot in the world, with the largest number of both inbound and outbound travellers China will overtake France as the world’s number one tourist destination by 2030, a new report from global research company Euromonitor International predicts. As well as receiving more visitors than any other country in the world, it will also have the largest number of outbound travellers, overtaking the US and Germany, with 260 million outbound tourist trips by 2030. Speaking at World Travel Market in London this week, Wouter Geerts, consultant at Euromonitor and author of the report, said tourism was now one of…

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Luxury travel news this week

Luxury travel news this week Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to The post Luxury travel news this week appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Johnson Tweet

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The rice terraces of China

The rice terraces of China During my first trip to China, I made my way straight to the depths of Yunnan to explore the rice terraces of Yuanyang for a week. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip. 1 Bada is the most famous of all the rice terraces in Yunnan. The area is the best to catch the famous multicolored sky reflection if you are there in the right season. 2 The rice terraces of Yunnan, forged by the Hani people thousands of years ago, are a fascinating area of China to visit. Catching the sunset over Bada will make you doubt your eyes as these terraces seem to span forever. 3 During the summer…

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Highest bungee jump in China

Highest bungee jump in China Extreme thrill-seekers should mark China as their next destination. The bungee jump installed in China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is set to be the highest platform in the world, at 850 feet above the ground. Attached to the deck of a glass-bottomed bridge, the platform is 75 feet higher than the platform on Macau Tower (also based in China), which is the world’s current highest commercial bungee jump. Photo: Bungy China Six jumpers were recently invited to test the new Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon jump. Stephanie Shields of the UK told Essex Live “it was one of the smoothest jumps I have ever done and now the biggest in the world…I couldn’t speak as I was…

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China is building solar farms

China is building solar farms Soon, plane passengers will have no doubt about their location when flying over China. The country’s newest renewable energy program will call for solar energy farms that, from above, resemble pandas. The idea originated in 2015 with Ada Li Yan-tung, a 15-year-old who presented the idea at a United Nations youth climate conference. She hoped to get more young people in China interested in renewable energy, and, a year later, the United Nations Development Program and the Panda Green Energy Group teamed up to make her vision a reality. Photo: Panda Green In 2017, the groups built a 248-acre solar power plant in Datong, China, that looks like two smiling pandas from above. The…

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Photos of the Chinese landscape

Photos of the Chinese landscape Overpopulation, smog, cities growing out of control — these are some of the common issues people associate with China. While these problems may affect major urban centers in the country, people forget the sheer size of China, and how much it has to offer beyond the cities. China is one of the most beautiful and diverse places in the world. All around the country, alluring landscapes invite travelers to keep exploring. One of the most impressive features are the karst landscapes: a topography made up of soluble rock (like limestone) that has been eroded by dissolution creating towers, ridges, sinkholes and caves. These mystical-looking Chinese lands are one of my favorite spots in the…

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Asia’s cities of the future

Asia’s cities of the future Your next backpacking trip to Southeast Asia could be a lesson in sustainable development, at least if Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has anything to say about it. In the near future, he hopes, the region’s important major cities will all have one thing in common: they will be classified as “smart cities.” Other countries throughout Asia are following suit, with India and China standing as additional leaders in the movement. Smart cities are kind of like expanded versions of modern tools you might have in your home – the fridge that monitors your grocery use, the electronic virtual assistant that tells you the weather and plays your morning playlist, the app on…

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