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  • Sapporo: Japan’s unsung city

    Sapporo: Japan’s unsung city

    September 12th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is a country that lives up to your expectations. Tokyo is as frenetic and exciting as you’d hope; Kyoto is full of historic shrines and temples; Ōsaka is brash, bright and foodie. But the problem with visiting world-famous cities whose reputations precede them is that… well, their reputations have preceded them. If you really want... Read more »

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  • Everything you need to know about Japan’s bullet trains

    Everything you need to know about Japan’s bullet trains

    August 17th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Surely one of Japan’s most iconic images is an impossibly fast bullet train (or “shinkansen”) speeding past snow-capped Mount Fuji – you know the photo. Clichéd as it is, it captures that most Japanese of phenomena, the seamless blending of the ancient and the modern. Beautiful views aside, the bullet train really is one of those must-do... Read more »

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  • Avoid the crowds: 6 ways to get off the tourist trail in northern Japan

    Avoid the crowds: 6 ways to get off the tourist trail in northern Japan

    August 11th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is a country full of incredible sights: the ancient temples of Kyoto and Nara; Tokyo’s glittering streets; the floating shrine gate at Miyajima; Beppu’s red, steaming hot springs. The only problem with this list of alluring sights? It completely ignores half the country. So it’s time to look a little further up on the... Read more »

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Vietnam

    9 tips for backpacking Vietnam

    July 18th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    With striking landscapes, large stretches of lovely coastline, intriguing cities and excellent food, it’s no wonder the number of tourists in Vietnam has more than doubled in the last decade or so. The country is changing at lightning speed, and with roads being improved, comfortable long-distance buses and a decent train network, it’s easy to... Read more »

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  • 10 Sri Lankan foods you need to try

    10 Sri Lankan foods you need to try

    July 12th, 2016Sarah Gilbert
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    The tear-shaped Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka is a true culinary treat. Through years of colonisation and trade, many cultures have influenced its cuisine, creating a spice-filled fusion of Dutch, Portuguese, English, Malay, Indian and indigenous flavours to tantalise the taste buds. There’s certainly no shortage of fish, seafood, vegetables and spices to turn... Read more »

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  • A taste of Kolkata: the foodie capital of India

    A taste of Kolkata: the foodie capital of India

    June 16th, 2016Shafik Meghji
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    India’s most underrated city, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is a far cry from its negative stereotypes: it’s friendly, attractive and home to some of the best – and most diverse – food in the country. Shafik Meghji picks out seven essential foodie experiences. 1. Pick up a kati roll Kolkata’s ultimate street food is the kati... Read more »

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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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