Taj Mahal, india

Taj Mahal, India

One of the new seven wonders of the world is the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Building started in 1631 as a monument to Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and he was eventually buried inside the mausoleum with her. […]

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Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain’s capital, Manama, seems like a typical Gulf city with its trading history and modern oil riches, but Manama has a different feel. Bahrain has embraced migrants over the years and as such has a diverse and mixed culture with […]

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The Petronas Towers at night

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and the sixth most visited city in the world, with almost 9 million tourists per year. There’s plenty to see in the city and it’s a great stopover point on a longer journey. […]

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Hong Kong skyline from mountains

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

As an autonomous province of China, Hong Kong has a distinctive feel from mainland China. Its history as a major trading port has given Hong Kong a diverse population and a unique atmosphere that represents the melting pot of different […]

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Fort Santiago, Manila

Manila, Philippines

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and often overlooked as a destination. It’s well worth looking beyond the terrible traffic and rows of shanty houses to discover this unique Asian city. The Philippines were under Spanish colonial rule for […]

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Seoul street at night

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and a mix of futuristic modern skyscrapers and traditional Korean homes and temples. It’s also one of the few major cities in the world that is surrounded by mountains, making it easy to […]

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Osaka, Japan

Thought as Japan’s second city, Osaka was once a port town supplying Kyoto. Now home to over 19 million people, it’s become a destination in its own right. Osaka also has a reputation for good times; with both the food […]

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Al Rahma Mosque, Jeddah

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia, and one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the kingdom. It’s the gateway for holy pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina, as well as an important trading post. Only Muslims are allowed […]

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Hangzhou, China

Although unfamiliar to many Western travellers, Hangzhou in China is one of the oldest and most prosperous cities in China. Located on the eastern coast of the country it’s long been a major trading centre and has used the wealth […]

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Fireworks in Macau

Macau, China

Perched on the Pearl River opposite Hong Kong, Macau is a former Portugese colony that is now part of China. Known as the “Las Vegas of China” Macau is famous for its high end casinos and luxury hotels but there’s […]

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