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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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  • 9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    April 11th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Backpacking Thailand can mean staying in fun-packed hostels and idyllic beach bungalows, eating noodles so tasty and so cheap you’ll swear off all other food groups and climbing aboard everything from an overnight train to a lolloping elephant. But it also means following a well-worn route – one that has sprouted an entire industry to... Read more »

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  • A Rough Guide to drinking Japanese sake

    A Rough Guide to drinking Japanese sake

    April 8th, 2016Neil McQuillian
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    I say “sake”, you say… The lowest form of wit? No, not “sarcy” – as in sarcastic – but sake, as in the Japanese drink. So actually, you say “cheers,” or “kanpai!” This Japanese drink is the traditional alcoholic accompaniment to food in Japan, and it’s something you’ll come across wherever you go in the... Read more »

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  • The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you

    The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you

    March 31st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    It’s not just appearance that makes up the beauty of a place. Often, travellers will cite the people as the most beautiful thing about a country or culture. In Southeast Asia, there’s no doubt there is beauty in every form – and now our readers have voted to decide which countries are the most beautiful. Here... Read more »

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  • Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

    Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

    March 24th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Every year, Hindus around the world celebrate Holi Festival: the festival of colours. The event attracts many non-Hindus to take part, too, with hundreds of people gathering to throw coloured powder at one another – a tradition supposedly started by Krishna as a young boy when he used to throw paint over the gopis (milkmaids). The result, of... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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