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  • Undiscovered Southeast Asia: 9 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered Southeast Asia: 9 places to get off the tourist trail

    October 1st, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Southeast Asia is the quintessential backpacker destination – all noodle stands, grungy hostels and full moon parties, right? Not necessarily. There are still plenty of authentic Southeast Asian escapes. You just need to know where to find them. Start here. 1. Trek the path less followed in Umphang, Thailand Want to trek Thailand in peace?... Read more »

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

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

    September 29th, 2015Colt St. George
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    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... Read more »

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  • Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    September 4th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • 5 cities, 20 days: Pakistan from north to south in 2 minutes

    5 cities, 20 days: Pakistan from north to south in 2 minutes

    September 1st, 2015Emma Henderson
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    Pakistan is a country filled with unexpected highlights. Contrary to many preconceptions, its borders hold soaring mountains, glassy lakes and intricately-decorated mosques. Our video of the week gives an insight into Pakistani life. In this 2-minute clip, film-maker Umar Bhutta returns to his homeland, travelling from north to south, visiting five cities and mile-upon-mile of stunningly beautiful countryside along the way. “It... Read more »

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  • Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

    Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

    August 27th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    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... Read more »

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  • Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

    Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

    August 20th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Often the “weird Japan” trope seems like just another tired travel cliché – but then someone opens a robot hotel. In this case, hotel owner Hideo Sawada beat international journalists to the punch by straightforwardly calling it Henn-na Hotel, meaning “Strange Hotel”.  The idea behind it isn’t actually that weird, though. Sawada’s aims are eminently reasonable:... Read more »

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

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

    August 11th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    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... Read more »

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  • The story of Beijing’s contemporary art hub

    The story of Beijing’s contemporary art hub

    August 10th, 2015Steve Vickers
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    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,... Read more »

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  • Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

    Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

    July 29th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it’s even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird’s-eye view – and it’s awesome. From White Beach on Boracay to the little town of El Nido, Frédéric Bussière’s drone camera captures the stunning scenery of this southeast-Asian archipelago. As... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful places in India

    The most beautiful places in India

    July 23rd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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  • 8 of the weirdest things you’ll see in Vietnam

    8 of the weirdest things you’ll see in Vietnam

    July 22nd, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Governed by Chinese dynasties for over a thousand years, ruled by the French for a century and occupied by American troops for over a decade, Vietnam has – remarkably – managed to uphold a vast array of cultural practices. To the rest of the world, some of these traditional customs seem pretty strange, but they’re still prevalent throughout this... Read more »

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  • Would you get down and dirty at South Korea’s Mud Festival?

    Would you get down and dirty at South Korea’s Mud Festival?

    July 17th, 2015Colt St. George
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    What once began as a marketing ploy for a therapeutic mud found near Boryeong, a small city on South Korea’s sandy west coast, has since transformed into a unique festival that draws millions every year. But this is no spa day. Pin Mud Fest 2008 by Hypnotica Studios Infinite (license) The annual Boryeong Mud Festival is where... Read more »

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