A Sri Lankan Adventure

In late June 2018, we set off to the vibrant island of Sri Lanka, where we encountered some of the warmest people and richest culture we’d come across. Though quite varied in climate across the island, the weather there was definitely marked by the long hours of sunshine and calming sea breeze. When combined with its fresh and appetising cuisine, it definitely made for a very warm welcome! Perhaps the main takeaway from this stunning nation was its diversity; in people, in the landscape, in food and in its history.

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What to read this week

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the Travel sections from the last week’s newspapers, our regular weekly feature shares some links to what you may have missed. Covering China, Japan, Indochina and general travel related articles, there’s something for everyone.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Chinese New Year 2018

Year of Dog (2018)

With Chinese New Year on 16th February, all of us in the office are getting really excited. Each year in the Chinese Zodiac is associated with an animal. This year will be the year of the Dog. It is traditionally celebrated for 16 days, from the Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, which is on 2nd March this year. In China, celebration, custom and traditions are very different.

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Tea Horse Road - Dali

My journey on the Tea Horse Road (Yunnan branch) part 1

We spent eight days in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian (Shangri-la) exploring part of the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan. The Tea Horse Road is an ancient trading route starting in Yunnan province in the southwest of China, through the mountains to Lhasa in Tibet and beyond. In ancient times, traders trekked by foot and on horseback and took the coveted pu-er tea of Yunnan into Tibet to exchange for hardy, short-legged ponies and war horses, needed for their armies to protect its northern frontier and their trading caravans.

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Li River, Guilin

Top 5 things to do in Guilin

Combine the Guilin scenery with spending time on a Li River Cruise, watch how the local fishermen use cormorants to help them, and visit the famous Longji rice terrace. There is a saying to describe the beauty of Guilin “Gulin scenery is the best in it’s world – 桂林山水甲天下”

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