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  • Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    August 21st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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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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  • The best Japanese foods (that aren’t sushi)

    The best Japanese foods (that aren’t sushi)

    July 16th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Everyone speaks a little Japanese now – nigiri, maki, sashimi, nori, toro… The only problem is that sushi, delicious as it may be, is only one tiny facet of Japan’s varied cuisine. Here are a few other things worth looking out for when you’re there. Shojin-ryori Eating meat was banned in Japan for a long... Read more »

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  • 15 gorgeous photos of Japan

    15 gorgeous photos of Japan

    July 10th, 2015Nick Jackson
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    Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his most beautiful pictures of Japan.  “Japan is a country I always wanted to travel to. I wanted to learn more about the culture, visit the ancient temples and see the beautiful cherry blossom first hand. What I encountered over my two week stay blew... Read more »

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  • 15 things everyone learns travelling in India

    15 things everyone learns travelling in India

    July 7th, 2015Helen Abramson
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    India varies greatly between its 29 states. Yet there are some things you’ll discover no matter where you are or how long you stay in the vast Subcontinent. If you’ve been to India at least once, you’ll relate to a few of these lessons we’ve learned over the years… 1. The street food is incredible... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    July 2nd, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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