Violinist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and daughter-in-law of former mainland government official Lu Ping To sightsee: Florence, Italy Visiting Florence is like stepping back into the Renaissance period at its best. The city's architecture is dazzling and includes the gothic Duomo Basilica and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge lined with shops. Besides music, art is also my passion and a trip to the Uffizi Gallery (tel:  55 238 8651; www.uffizi.firenze.it ) is so rewarding. You can view an unrivalled collection of Botticelli and Michelangelo paintings. To relax: Maui, Hawaii When I feel low, a swim at the beach is always the best solace. The island of Maui in Hawaii has all I need - fresh air and warming sun. I sunbathe or read a novel on Kaanapali beach, on the west shore. The Sheraton Maui hotel has excellent sweeping ocean views (tel:  6661 0031; www.sheraton-maui.com ). To shop: Paris There isn't a better place to shop for clothing than the fashion capital, Paris. Parisians' style is impeccable and reflected in their every move. My favourites are Giorgio Armani [6 place Vendome, Paris 75001. Tel: (331) 4261 5509; www.giorgioarmani.com ] and Valentino [17-19 Avenue Montaigne, Paris 75008. Tel: (331) 4723 6461; www.valentino.it ].