End of an Era

Today marks the end of an era. M at the fringe, one of Hong Kong's first free-standing restaurants serving gourmet Western cuisine, will serve its last orders tonight. When it opened in November 1989, most of the fine dining establishments in the then British colony were located in five-star hotels. Now they are to be …

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Galicia: the Way of St James

The Way of St James was the route followed by Christian pilgrims in ancient times from Central Europe to the tomb of the Apostle of St James, or Santiago, at Santiago de Compostela, which is located in Northwestern Spain. The pilgrimage was initiated upon the discovery of the Aposle's tomb in 813. It has been …

Dynasty Wines Turns 30

Premier Chinese wine maker Dynasty is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To celebrate, the brand is partnering with – appropriately enough! – Hong Kong's Dynasty Chinese restaurant to present a dinner tasting menu. With one Michelin-star, the exclusive eatery is located in the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel in Wanchai. Selected by a team of sommeliers, wines …

Taipei Night Markets

The Chinese food served up in Taipei runs the gamut from extravagantly presented haute cuisine fit for an emperor to snacks targeted at the teeming masses. And interestingly enough, some of the tastiest morsels in town are not to be found in the elegant surroundings of five-star dining rooms, but rather in the unpretentious road-side …

Macau Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Handover

Before the British established their base in Hong Kong, Macau – a one hour's jet foil ride away - was at the centre of East-West trade. It was also an important religious centre. This is reflected in the many Catholic churches that continue to dot the landscape. The city's most famous church, St Paul's, was …

What Can the Travel Industry Do to Fight Global Warming?

A global campaign to help the travel industry respond to climate change, reduce its carbon footprint, and move toward a Green Economy was launched at the Copenhagen Climate Summit Monday in Denmark. Called Live the Deal, it represents a new commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. “The targets and mitigation actions that countries develop and …

Beijing Slips Shanghai the Mickey

Government officials and the tourism industry in Hong Kong breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when they learned that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in Beijing had mandated an area of only 116 hectares for Shanghai Disneyland – a far cry from the 400 hectares that had been widely reported in …

Malaysia Registers Highest Climb in Tourist Arrivals

Known for its sandy beaches, world class golf courses, mega shopping malls, thriving street markets, colonial hill stations, and yummy cuisine, multicultural Malaysia registered the highest increase in international visitors in September, according to figures released Wednesday by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The strong 25% growth in arrivals reflects the country's growing popularity …