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    Airline review: Virgin Australia A330 business class, Hong Kong to Melbourne

    The business class seat on board Virgin’s A330.  Photo: Supplied THE PLANE Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 THE ROUTE Virgin Australia’s latest business class seat is cleverly designed. Photo: Supplied Hong Kong to Melbourne THE LOYALTY SCHEME Virgin Velocity Rewards THE CLASS Business class, seat 3A THE LOUNGE Advertisement Virgin is currently making use of Hong Kong […]

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    Japan culture and travel: 13 lessons we can learn from the Japanese

    There are plenty of cultures I would like to steal things from. I would happily take Spanish siestas, German saunas, Italian aperitivo hour, Persian hospitality, American tail-gating, and South-East Asian street food and bring them all back to Australia on a permanent basis. Most cultures have at least a few enviable quirks or customs. However, […]

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    Airline review: Cathay Pacific economy, Rome to Hong Kong

    Two empty seats in a row of three adds to comfort levels.  THE ROUTE Rome (Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino) to Hong Kong THE PLANE Boeing 777-300ER THE LOYALTY SCHEME Marco Polo Club. Passengers can also earn points towards other Oneworld membership programs. Cathay Pacific 777-300 economy class seats are above average for roominess.  THE CLASS Economy, […]

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    Hokkaido walking tour: Where eagles and cranes dare

    Steller’s sea eagles on the drifting ice at Nemuro Strait near Rausu on Hokkaido, Japan. Photo: iStock I am not a birdwatcher. No judgment, but I have always thought it a bit of an odd way to pass your time. Waiting for hours in the wilderness to catch glimpses of avian life? Flying across the world […]

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    Vegetarian food in Hong Kong: Where to eat a meat-free breakfast, lunch and dinner in Hong Kong

    Grassroots  “Every culture has its own vegetarian food,” says Peggy Chan, though she’s not keen on the traditional meat-free version of Chinese cuisine. “It’s heavy on corn starch and sauces and fried foods and fake meat. We use none of that. We don’t used processed foods whatsoever.” Peggy’s restaurant, Grassroots Pantry, is the first stop […]

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    Japan’s Sand Museum in Tottori: A land of sand

    The Tottori Sand Dunes national park. Photo: New York Times Tottori, a remote outpost on the west coast of Japan, is frequently defined by what it lacks. It has the lowest population of any prefecture in the country. No bullet train stops here. It ranks 39th out of the nation’s 47 prefectures in attracting tourists. But […]

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    Things to do in Xian, China: Three-minute guide

    The Shangri-La Hotel Xian. Photo: Derryck Menere Photography WHY  Eleven dynasties used Xian as their capital, and the city is peppered with defensive towers, tombs, pagodas, museums and old alleyways. Many visitors come just for the Terracotta Warriors outside town, certainly one of the great wonders of archaeology, yet miss the city entirely, which is a […]

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    Where to eat in Macau: 10 places to eat outside the casinos

    Macau is one Asia’s most intriguing food destinations. Photo: iStock  Macau or Macao? – Regardless of how you spell it, China’s answer to Vegas is one of the most intriguing food destinations in Asia. A veritable three-ringed circus of Portuguese, Chinese and Macanese cuisines, where casino-based Michelin–starred restaurants (think Joel Robuchon in the Grand Lisboa) […]