A quarterly newsletter of "insider tips" on China's latest travel news including the best and latest in restaurants, retail, entertainment and culture, gathered from staff from Shangri-La's 37 China hotels.
There are few places in the world as magical as Lhasa, the administrative capital of Tibet, set on a plateau soaring 3,650 metres above sea level. Fabled mountains, glaciers and desert-like landscapes encircle the city, dotted with World Heritage Sites including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Palace.
Set on the banks of the Li River, Guilin is one of those Chinese cities that you’ll likely recognise as soon as you arrive – the karst mountains swathed in forest that ring the city have been immortalised in paintings and poetry for centuries, as have the sweet osmanthus trees all around town (Guilin means “forest of the sweet osmanthus”).
The capital of Liaoning Province and the largest city in northeast China, Shenyang is a city steeped in history.
From the historic streets of the French Concession to the colonial buildings of The Bund and skyscrapers in Pudong, Shanghai is a glorious fusion of tradition and modernisation.
The fact that Chinese New Year falls in the dead of winter does not stop the country from hitting the streets to party, although if you are in the larger cities like Beijing and Shanghai, you may find that you have the streets all to yourself - most locals return home to the provinces to enjoy the festivities with their families.