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  • Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    November 14th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Pin With its glittering royal palaces, ancient temples and sacred shrines as well as sandy beaches, some of the world’s best skiing and beautiful national parks, Japan is a country you’ll want to return to again and again. It’s also a very traditional place with a strict etiquette; if you’re visiting for the first time, follow... Read more »

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  • Lessons from the road: what it was like to write the first ever Rough Guide to India

    Lessons from the road: what it was like to write the first ever Rough Guide to India

    November 14th, 2016David Abram
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    With tales of parties, pristine beaches and pilgrims, David Abram tells all about what it was like to write the first edition of one of our longest-standing titles: The Rough Guide to India. How did you come to work on the first ever Rough Guide to India? I answered an ad in The Guardian, believe... Read more »

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  • Where to stay in Tokyo: an area by area guide

    Where to stay in Tokyo: an area by area guide

    November 11th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    As the biggest city in the world, it’s unsurprising that Tokyo is crammed full of different places to stay – and with each district boasting its own character, it’s important to consider which part of the city to use as your base. Are you after the full Tokyo experience, with a view from a glittering... Read more »

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  • The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    November 10th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    The ‘roof of the world’ has exerted a magnetic pull over travellers and adventurers for centuries. This vast, high altitude desert has spawned myths and legends since the dawn of time. Its mountains are home to the Hindu Gods, the scenery is awe-inspiring, its Buddhist monasteries are filled with art and treasure and the religious... Read more »

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  • The Western Ghats: one of India’s least-explored regions in pictures

    The Western Ghats: one of India’s least-explored regions in pictures

    November 8th, 2016David Abram
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    The Western Ghat mountains shadow India’s southwest coast, extending for a thousand miles from Gujarat down to the southern tip of Kerala. Despite running through one of the most densely populated countries on the planet, the range is amazingly empty and wild for much of its course. There are good reasons for this. In the... Read more »

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  • In Buddha’s footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

    In Buddha’s footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

    October 28th, 2016David Abram
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    Pin Buddhism has ancient roots in Myanmar, and its influence is all pervasive – arguably more so than in any other Southeast Asian country. Everywhere you go you encounter monks and nuns in the streets, often marching around neighbourhoods and markets on their daily rice round collecting alms from local householders. During a research trip... Read more »

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  • Video: 10 Taiwanese street foods you need to try

    Video: 10 Taiwanese street foods you need to try

    October 24th, 2016Colt St. George
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    Street food in Taiwan has a charm that restaurants just can’t match. There’s a distinct pleasure to be found in wandering through the labyrinthine stalls glowing with colourful signage; watching your food made to order; inhaling the changing aromas at each stage of preparation – it’s as if the sights, sounds and spirit of the island become yet another ingredient... Read more »

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  • Cool Taipei: 8 tips for exploring the city

    Cool Taipei: 8 tips for exploring the city

    October 19th, 2016Colt St. George
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    As the only democracy in the Chinese speaking world and the most progressive city for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia, a legacy of artists and activists have worked to make Taiwan’s capital a place where culture, progression and creativity thrive. Now, a new wave of resident creatives are re-energizing the city. Cutting-edge art galleries stand next... Read more »

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  • Beyond the Jade Dragon mountain: stunning pictures of Yunnan, China

    Beyond the Jade Dragon mountain: stunning pictures of Yunnan, China

    October 18th, 2016David Abram
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    After a few weeks exploring the region, Rough Guides travel writer and photographer David Abram shares some of his favourite images of Yunnan Province, China.  Little more than a decade ago, the province of Yunnan in southwest China was one of those infrequently visited parts of Asia anyone who had been there spoke about in... Read more »

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  • What happens when you blend English tradition with Japanese craftsmanship

    What happens when you blend English tradition with Japanese craftsmanship

    October 6th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    In a delicious meeting of two worlds, the most English of drinks has been combined with Japanese craftsmanship to create a premium craft gin, KI NO BI (“the beauty of the seasons”). Made with famously pure Fushimi water, the gin uses a rice-spirit base combined with a range of uniquely Japanese flavours – yuzu, sanshō... Read more »

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  • 16 evocative pictures of Sri Lanka

    16 evocative pictures of Sri Lanka

    October 4th, 2016Nori Jemil
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    Pin After a couple of weeks travelling across Sri Lanka, photographer Nori Jemil shares why this Indian Ocean island is a perfect subject. Here are 16 of her favourite pictures of Sri Lanka.  From a photographer’s perspective, Sri Lanka’s hard to beat. Compact and accessible, this verdant, tear-drop island really punches above its weight. Its lush... Read more »

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  • Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    September 26th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Where first, Tokyo or Kyoto – it should be an easy choice, right? They’re polar opposites, after all: Tokyo is a land of neon and skyscrapers, the archetypal metropolis; Kyoto is full of kimono-clad geisha, temples and tea ceremonies. So just decide whether you want your first glimpse of Japan to be cutting-edge modernity or high-brow... Read more »

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