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Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!
Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

After more than 800 entries and weeks of deliberation, we are pleased to announce that Olivia Toye is the winner of the Rough Guides and GapYear.com travel writing competition. Congratulations Olivia! The judges were particularly impressed with her skilful storytelling, carrying the reader through her piece with detailed observations alongside depictions of the region’s majestic landscapes.  You can read her full entry…

These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai
These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai

Wherever you go in downtown Shanghai, you’ll be struck by international influence both past and present. From the leafy avenues of the former French Concession to the modern malls on Nanjing West Road, this is a city that grew up with globalisation. For a different – and less crowded – take on cosmopolitanism, head to…

Photos: China’s record-breaking glass bridge is nearly complete
Photos: China’s record-breaking glass bridge is nearly complete

In another update on China‘s record-breaking bridge over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon – which we’re promised is “almost finished” – new photographs have emerged of the near-complete construction. But they don’t exactly inspire confidence in any prospective visitors… This enormous feat in engineering will be the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge at 430m-long, and the highest of its kind, sitting…

21 beautiful pictures of China to get your wanderlust going
21 beautiful pictures of China to get your wanderlust going

Vast, densely populated and brilliantly diverse, China is undoubtedly beguiling. With a population of over 1.3 billion people, it can feel as if the whole world is crammed into its busy cities. Yet there are mountains and plains so empty you’d think you were the only person on Earth. We’ve chosen 21 pictures of China by…

Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide
Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide

You’ve heard the one about not sticking your chopsticks straight up in rice, right? (It resembles funerary incense sticks). Honestly? Don’t fret. Because let’s face it; you’ve got bigger problems than antiquated cultural faux-pas. Like how to actually order and eat a table-full of delicious Chinese food in a regular, everyday, non-touristy Chinese restaurant –…

19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera
19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

Named one of the most photogenic destinations by Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper, Hong Kong in undeniably striking. Whether it’s the brilliant skyline lit up at night, the colourful street scenes or even the surrounding countryside, there’s a picture to be taken at every turn. Here are 19 gorgeous Hong Kong pictures from Picfair‘s best photographers…

The world’s most terrifying glass-floored bridge opens in China
The world’s most terrifying glass-floored bridge opens in China

The world’s longest glass-bottomed walkway opened in China‘s Hunan province last week, after the old wooden panels of the Haohan Qiao suspension bridge were replaced with transparent glass frames. Towering 180 meters over a scenic canyon in Shiniuzhai Geopark, the structure is billed as a walk for thrill-seekers and nature buffs alike. But is it safe? Though the…

Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China
Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

One of the world’s leading photographers on disappearing cultural practices, Jo Farrell has spent the past ten years documenting the last known women in China with bound feet. Rough Guides travel editor Greg Dickinson caught up with Jo to discuss her archive of experiences travelling around China with a camera. When did your fascination with China…

This magical film will make you fall in love with Hong Kong
This magical film will make you fall in love with Hong Kong

Think of Hong Kong and what image comes to mind? Crowded streets? Skyscrapers? A forest of neon signs? Filmmaker Stephane Ma wants to challenge your preconceptions. In this beautiful three-minute film he uses drones to put the city in perspective, sweeping above the central high-rises and out over the beaches and mountains in a series of…

The story of Beijing’s contemporary art hub
The story of Beijing’s contemporary art hub

In a country where censorship rules, few people gave the idea much of a chance. In little more than a decade, however, the 798 Art District, which occupies a former military zone on the northeastern edge of Beijing, has grown to become a genuine creative hub for contemporary art. The story begins in the 1950s,…

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