Asia

Four days in Hong Kong, part one

Hong Kong was actioned packed, comprising four days walking the streets of Central, Sheung Wan and Tia Ping Shan; hiking Hong Kong style along the Dragon’s Back trail; shopping at the Ralph Lauren flagship store; eating…

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8.8

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay on Marina Bay foreshore, is one of Singapore finest attractions and my favourite part of the city. It is the technical achievement of building a garden on 101 hectares of reclaimed…

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8.4

Guide to a week in Tokyo

Japan is almost endlessly fascinating as so little of what you experience being familiar. The Japanese have a different approach that is evident in all your small interactions. From the service culture you experience daily…

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8.2

Himeji Castle, Japan

Himeji Castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture. It comprises a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. Dating back to 1333 when Akamatsu Norimura…

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8.8

Guide to a week in Kyoto

After a week in Tokyo, a visit to Kyoto provides a pleasant change of pace with literally thousands of shrines and temples sitting alongside Michelin-starred restaurants and a vibrant local craft scene. The food in Kyoto…

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Hong Kong at night

Hong Kong is a city that dazzles and delights. It is also a city that looks its best at night. The streets and buildings look their crispest when basking in the reflection of the city’s neon…

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8.3

Rakushokusha Maru, Tokyo

Rakushokusha Maru is one of two Tokyo restaurants run by owner-chef’s Keiji Mori. Descending into the basement of the Aoyama restaurant, the decor is stylish and discrete with nothing out of place. On our visit, we opted for the ‘tasting…

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8.6

Beard, Tokyo

Beard is the kind of neighbourhood restaurant that I have always dreamt about. Voted one of best restaurants in the world by Monocle, the husband and wife duo have created a casual dining experience where refined cooking is served in friendly…

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8.8

Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo

Of all the wonderful dining experiences we had in Japan, the ultimate for us was the three Michelin-starred sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro. Made famous in the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 89 year-old Jiro is…

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8.0

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower that upon reaching its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011 became the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure after the…

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