China: Fabulous, Gigantic, Magical.

Its funny the things you remember. I think for me those memories tend to be of sensations and feelings. I will never forget my first time I tried pepper steak. I was maybe 8 or 9 years old in Marrakech where my aunt Khadeja and her husband the Governor of Marrakech were living at the…

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Aman Summer Palace Beijing: A Haven of Calm and Tranquillity

Was I glad that we had arranged a private tour guide as there is not a chance in hell that we could have navigated ourselves off the train through Beijing central station and to our hotel. We had taken the bullet train from Xian  and as expected it was beautifully run and organised but had…

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Xian Sofitel People Legend Peoples: Grand Luxury at its Best

I wish I had stayed here fir a few days as really the time we stayed was not anywhere near enough to see Xian which had been the capital of China under 13 dynasties. I don’t associate the Sofitel brand with high end luxury but everything here from the suite we had to the service…

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Banyan Tree Yangshuo Guilin: A Spectacular Haven of Beauty

I had never heard of Guilin let alone Yangshuo but while doing research on the trip for our visit to China I went on the Banyan Tree site as I like the brand very much to see where they had places. We had stayed with them in South Korea and I was impressed by their…

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Chengdu Temple House: Simply Amazing.

Nothing really prepares you for the sheer bigness of everything in China. Arriving after along flight  from London to Chengdu home of the Pandas I was a mass of excitement tiredness curiosity and it slowly dawned on me you don’t ‘visit’ China you merely drop in as its vast. By now you will have gotten…

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