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  • 18 places to go back in time

    18 places to go back in time

    January 16th, 2014Helen Abramson
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  • Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    January 10th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    Away from the casinos of Macau – the only place in China where they have been legalised – there lies an old Portuguese city steeped in colonial history and packed with impressive sights and restaurants. Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra set out to find the best things to do in Macau beyond the betting tables. “Where... Read more »

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  • 7 useful pronunciation rules for travellers

    7 useful pronunciation rules for travellers

    January 1st, 2014Adrian-L
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    During World War II, Dutch Resistance fighters exposed infiltrators by asking them to pronounce Scheveningen; with its two subtly different gutturals, it was a trick only native speakers could pull off. The stakes of course aren’t so high when you’re on holiday in a new place, but there is some satisfaction in not immediately revealing... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in February

    The best places to visit in February

    December 30th, 2013Olivia Rawes
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    Dark, dreary and cold in Europe and North America, February often feels like a long drag before spring arrives. Yet it’s a fantastic time to travel. Warm, balmy weather and riotous carnivals beckon below the equator, while chillier climes should be embraced for snow-fuelled activities and unique wildlife watching opportunities. Here are our tips on... Read more »

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  • 20 picturesque Christmas destinations

    20 picturesque Christmas destinations

    December 11th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • The world’s best speakeasies

    The world’s best speakeasies

    December 9th, 2013Bar Chick
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    Why party with the masses when you can steal away with others in-the-know at an underground speakeasy, or find yourself a key to the best secret bar in the city? We know them all, but luckily for you, we’re not very good at keeping secrets; here is a BarChick rundown of the best places for... Read more »

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  • Take the Trans-Mongolian Express

    Take the Trans-Mongolian Express

    December 9th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Even after seven unbroken days on a train from Moscow, nothing can prepare you for the Chinese border. As you pull into the platform, which is lit up in neon colours, a Chinese-tinged version of the Vienna Waltz comes blaring over the Tannoy. Trying to work out the cultural relevance of this is a hopeless... Read more »

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  • 20 geological wonders of the world

    20 geological wonders of the world

    November 25th, 2013Alison Roberts
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  • A Shanghai nightlife guide: 10 great bars in the former French Concession

    A Shanghai nightlife guide: 10 great bars in the former French Concession

    November 21st, 2013Jamie Fullerton
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    The former French Concession in Puxi, Shanghai, is one of the city’s most beautiful areas. With many streets shrouded by overhanging trees it can seem like a world away from the manic bustle that characterizes rest of the place and its 22 million inhabitants. Established in 1849 and handed over in 1943, many of the original French-style buildings... Read more »

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  • Arrivals: a travel news round up (Oct 10th)

    Arrivals: a travel news round up (Oct 10th)

    October 8th, 2013Steve Vickers
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    Rough Guides writer Steve Vickers casts an eye over the big travel topics and unpicks the top stories of the week. First route to the Philippines since 1998 Philippine Airlines is about to open a new route from the UK. The flights, from London Heathrow to Manila, will be the first direct link between the UK... Read more »

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  • 11 loos with great views

    11 loos with great views

    October 8th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    White, sometimes stained floor tiles and a plain, usually graffitied grey door: I think we can all agree, this is an accurate description of your average toilet – pretty boring, no? Have you ever been having a tinkle, twiddling your thumbs and thought to yourself: “You know what this toilet needs? A good view!” Well,... Read more »

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  • Great rivers of the world – China’s Yellow River

    Great rivers of the world – China’s Yellow River

    September 24th, 2013Katy de Beer
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    The Yellow River, or Huang He, is the second longest river in China stretching almost 5500km through nine provinces, making it the sixth longest river in the world. Its nickname, the “Mother River”, is apt as these snaking waters have sustained Chinese civilizations since ancient times. There is an abundance of sights, sounds and smells to experience along the Yellow River’s course, from the thousand-year-old Xiaoji mountainside statues in Bingling, to the collection of... Read more »

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