Temptations in downtown Vegas

Temptations in downtown Vegas

You might not expect to find farm-to-table dining in Las Vegas. But that’s exactly why tourists are lining up at a rundown corner a few blocks near the old casinos in the town’s seedy core. It takes visitors arriving by cab a few minutes to locate the nouveau diner Eat on the ground floor of a motel-style apartment complex that rents rooms by the month and looks like a place where a down-on-his-luck crime caper…

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Rural revelry

Rural revelry

Umbria offers some of the best of the Italian countryside. Wang Shanshan discovers many delights this fertile land produces. Our car wound for more than an hour through fields and then drove for another 20 minutes along a small road into the thick, dark woodland before stopping at the castle’s giant wooden gate. The gate opened slowly in the pouring rain. A well-dressed gentleman holding an umbrella opened the car doors. “Welcome to the castle,”…

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Its eight-day trip to Israel

Its eight-day trip to Israel

A cradle of religions, Israel has started drawing an increasing number of Chinese tourists to savor its history and modern vibe. The number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel topped 25,000 in the first seven months of 2015, up nearly 30 percent year on year. The total number for the whole of last year exceeded 30,000. “We’ve seen a rise in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel since the beginning of this year,” says Zhang…

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Serene scenery jacky naegelen

Serene scenery jacky naegelen

Late autumn colors mark a change in season in the Alsace region in Eastern France. Its location on the border of Germany and France made the area take on the distinctive features of both cultures, especially in its architecture and gastronomy. As the second-driest spot in France, Alsace is naturally France’s capital of white wine. The staple dry Riesling will change your perception of a traditionally sweet Riesling. The most famous La Route des Vins…

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Poland: History’s crossroads recast as tourist hot spot

Poland is somewhat new destination for Chinese tourists, compared with France, which gets about 2 million Chinese visitors a year. But Poland, which goes back to the arrival of Slavs in the area more than 1,000 years ago, is a vibrant land full of history and culture. Poland is a crossroads in Europe, a place shaped by and sometimes caught between powerful rival forces. It is a dynamic land, where the pace often is quick…

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Porto calls in Portuguese wine country

Porto calls in Portuguese wine country

Portugal’s wine city and the river valley from which its port pours sculpt the profile of a region shaped by grapes in every sense. Erik Nilsson explores its shores. Wine wrought the Douro Valley. Its inhabitants have spent the past two millennia carving livings out of the shale mountains that nosedive into the river, whittling the peaks into terraces clutched by grapevines. Nearly 50,000 of the region’s 250,000 hectares have been lathed into hundreds of…

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Going beyond Angkor Wat

Going beyond Angkor Wat

Besides the famous temple ruins, this country also boasts beautiful beaches, wildlife and a fascinating modern history After watching the sun slowly sink into the horizon, we dived into the water with our snorkels and were immediately surrounded by a galaxy of “stars”. The spectacle, created by bioluminescent plankton, can be witnessed inmost places along the southwestern coast of Cambodia and is a treat for any nighttime swimmer. Our small group had moored a boat…

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Volcanoes, islands and lots of culture

Volcanoes, islands and lots of culture

With its diverse geography and ethnic groups, Indonesia offers a lot to the visitors with its more than 17,500 islands A wonderful holiday in Indonesia doesn’t necessarily mean Bali Island. The country boasts numerous beautiful volcanoes, islands and cultures. Take Tangkuban Perahu, for instance. It is a volcano about 30 kilometers from Bandung, Indonesia’s third largest city by population. The active volcano, situated at an altitude of about 2,200 meters, has erupted more than a…

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