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Your Weekend Guide to Beijing

January 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Features

Your Weekend Guide to Beijing

The following itinerary can be done on foot without a guide. However, distances between attractions in Beijing are often large so some may wish to use a taxi. When we say taxi, we mean the four wheeled variety – stay away from touts offering you cheap rides on their three wheeled tuk-tuks. Accommodation in Beijing can […]

5 Affordable Shanghai Fitness Centres to Help Keep that New Year’s Resolution

December 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

5 Affordable Shanghai Fitness Centres to Help Keep that New Year's Resolution

There are plenty of gyms in Shanghai ready and waiting to get you fit this New Year. Make this year’s resolution to get rid of those extra pounds you built up over the holidays and get started with some effective workout programs. To do that, take advantage of the great gyms and trainers that Shanghai can boast. Instead of the mega-gyms in the city, try out some local authority sports centers – some of which will even let you use their facilities for free. Here are five of the best, chosen by Celine Wu and Anna Leach.

Cheap ways to visit Australia

December 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Cheap ways to visit Australia

Australia is an amazing country to travel. The sun is always shining, the weather is amazing, and there is always something to do – not to mention, the people are a delight in themselves. However, even though you’re heading Down Under, it doesn’t mean the prices are heading down with you. Boasting one of the world’s most expensive cities to live in (Sydney), a trip to Australia can take a bit bite out of your wallet if you’re not careful.

Everything you need to know about Mahjong

December 13th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Everything you need to know about Mahjong

What is mahjong? Mahjong is a Chinese tile game, which is usually played by four people. The object of the game is to complete a certain hand, by drawing and discarding tiles in turn. There is also a one-player variant involving tile matching, but this is not closely related to the original version of mahjong. […]

Money Exchange in Minutes

December 12th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Money Exchange in Minutes

British expats, in Shanghai and elsewhere, could be wasting a huge amount of money when they transfer it overseas. A recent report published by Lloyds TSB International says that the total sum lost each year can run into hundreds of pounds. Every time an expat makes use of an international money transfer, it can waste them up to £15. The reason? People often don’t take the time to shop around for money exchange providers who are willing to provide services without charging a fee for the privilege.

Summer 2013 Major Sporting Events

December 2nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Summer 2013 Major Sporting Events

The London 2012 Olympics may be nothing now but a fond, if distant memory, so if you are missing all of the sporting action of the summer you will be looking forward to the events coming in 2013. There are a number of major events planned in a multitude of different sports, covering everything from […]

Expat retirement in Shanghai: What are the options?

November 20th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Expat retirement in Shanghai: What are the options?

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes or QROPS as it is more popularly known, offers huge benefits to those who choose to settle abroad after retirement. Introduced in the 2006 reforms, it offers enormous benefits to expats in Shanghai who were otherwise bound by the rather stringent pension laws of the UK.

Finding your feet with new relationships in a new country

November 7th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Finding your feet with new relationships in a new country

Expats will often gravitate towards each other. There’s nothing wrong with that by itself, but one of the positive reasons for moving abroad is to try and experience different cultures.

Discover Disneyland Hong Kong

October 3rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

Discover Disneyland Hong Kong

Travelling the world is on most people’s dream list. Although for many it never becomes a reality, a trip to Hong Kong Disney could make that dream a reality, albeit in a slightly less realistic way. With it’s meeting of East and West this really is a unique holiday experience. Hong Kong has so much to offer, and the Disney parks really are a full holiday on their own.

What Shanghai’s Hotels Really Have to Offer

September 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features

What Shanghai's Hotels Really Have to Offer

While Beijing is still the most popular city in China for visitors to the country, those who have the time and inclination to travel outside the capital will find that it is, in fact, not Beijing but Shanghai that offers tourists the most varied, bewitching and magical taste of this mysterious nation.

What’s more, while the capital offers many historic attractions and modern day wonders, if you’re looking for a little luxury accommodation during your stay there is no better destination in China than Shanghai, the home of countless high-end hotels and luxury boutique accommodations. Here are just a few that may catch your eye.

     

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