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  • On the trail of Sri Lanka’s famous film locations

    On the trail of Sri Lanka’s famous film locations

    June 9th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    Ever since the 1950s glory days of the silver screen, film producers and directors such as Don Boyd (Elephant Rock, 1977) have raved about how the beauty, light and variety of the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka make it a perfect outdoor film set. It was acclaimed author Arthur C Clarke who said the... Read more »

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  • Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country’s sites

    Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country’s sites

    June 7th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    “The only thing you could focus on was the fact that the earth was moving from side to side by about eight to ten metres.” These are the words of Kathmandu resident Amritman Buddhachari as he describes the huge earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, destroying many of the important historical Buddhist sites throughout the country.... Read more »

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  • Living the good life in Borneo

    Living the good life in Borneo

    June 2nd, 2016Ros Walford
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    Life in the beautiful region of Sapulot is relaxed and uncomplicated, and the communities who live here want to keep it that way. They are inviting visitors to this remote part of Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, to show them the Murut way of life. Ros Walford went to find out... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

    Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

    June 1st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    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... Read more »

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  • These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai

    These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai

    May 31st, 2016Joseph O'Neill
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    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... Read more »

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

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

    May 26th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    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... Read more »

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  • Okinawa: Japan’s best-kept secret

    Okinawa: Japan’s best-kept secret

    May 25th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Snow-white beaches, giant coconut-eating crabs and karate-loving grannies: Okinawa is Japan but not as we know it. This alluring chain of sun-kissed, hibiscus-draped islands offers a blend of Southeast Asian heat, unique ‘un-Japanese’ culture and delicious, life-extending food. Andy Turner explores how to make the most of a trip to Japan’s subtropical paradise. Find the... Read more »

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  • 12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

    12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

    May 23rd, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Sunset is one of our favourite times of the day – it’s an excuse to sit back, drink in hand and take in the scenery, whether you’re high above your favourite city at a rooftop bar, or you’re on the beach catching those last few rays. But where is the most beautiful place in the world... Read more »

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

    9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

    May 16th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    In 2011, after 15 years of a tourism boycott to avoid aiding the oppressive military junta, Myanmar opened its doors to visitors. The country, now with a democratically elected government, is improving its tourism infrastructure but still struggles to cope with the huge influx of visitors. If you’re thinking of backpacking Myanmar, these tips will... Read more »

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  • 21 beautiful pictures of China to get your wanderlust going

    21 beautiful pictures of China to get your wanderlust going

    May 11th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    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... Read more »

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

    Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide

    April 28th, 2016Thomas O'Malley
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    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 –... Read more »

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  • Video: the essence of Japan in 4 minutes

    Video: the essence of Japan in 4 minutes

    April 18th, 2016Colt St. George
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    This is not your average travel montage. With jaw-dropping shots, expert composition and an undeniable sense of cool, filmmakers Vincent Urban, Alex Schiller and Alex Tank seem to capture the essence of Japan in this four-minute video. Click play and prepare to be hurled into a whole new world. Get swallowed by Tokyo’s onslaught of... Read more »

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