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Five independent champagne producers show there’s more to life than Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon

Meet five vignerons in Champagne, France, who are ready to sell their bubbly to the curious Hong Kong champagne lover. You may even wish to visit them when travel is possible again.

Meet five vignerons in Champagne, France, who are ready to sell their bubbly to the curious Hong Kong champagne lover. You may even wish to visit them when travel is possible again.

30 Dec 2021 - 11:58PM
Venice 2021: Hong Kong’s ambition on show at the architecture biennale, while titanium sculptor Wallace Chan keeps faith with the Italian city

The Hong Kong pavilion’s architectural ambitions are likely to take Venice Biennale visitors’ breath away, while jeweller Wallace Chan’s beautiful titanium sculptures reflect his life’s journey.

The Hong Kong pavilion’s architectural ambitions are likely to take Venice Biennale visitors’ breath away, while jeweller Wallace Chan’s beautiful titanium sculptures reflect his life’s journey.

16 May 2021 - 4:15PM
First Paris, soon London, what of Hong Kong? Outdoor dining expands after the Covid-19 lockdown, and for the French the change could be here to stay

Parisian pavement terraces have been extended to boost the earnings of cafes and bistros after the Covid-19 lockdown. Outdoor seating has taken over parking spaces, and even whole streets.

Parisian pavement terraces have been extended to boost the earnings of cafes and bistros after the Covid-19 lockdown. Outdoor seating has taken over parking spaces, and even whole streets.

29 Jun 2020 - 8:06PM
As Italy prepares to reopen, a last look at Venice in lockdown – empty streets and still waters

As Italy prepares to reopen, a long-time resident takes a final walk through a truly peaceful La Serenissima.

As Italy prepares to reopen, a long-time resident takes a final walk through a truly peaceful La Serenissima.

24 May 2020 - 3:00PM
Jazz, caves and the jungles of Borneo – a music festival in the Malaysian state of Sarawak

Borneo Jazz Festival bewitches with line-up of local and international musicians, rappers and DJs.

Borneo Jazz Festival bewitches with line-up of local and international musicians, rappers and DJs.

4 Jan 2020 - 8:34PM
Tunisia’s terror attacks killed package tourism; now North African nation attracts a different kind of traveller

One of Arab world’s most tolerant countries boasts beautiful beaches, pre-Roman ruins, hassle-free souks, while chic new hotels and renovated riads are luring more affluent visitors.

One of Arab world’s most tolerant countries boasts beautiful beaches, pre-Roman ruins, hassle-free souks, while chic new hotels and renovated riads are luring more affluent visitors.

8 Aug 2019 - 7:17PM
In France’s northeastern forests stands Villa René Lalique, a sumptuous six-suite retreat

The six-suite hotel encourages guests to enjoy the lavish Lalique-laden surrounds and indulge in the epicurean delights of Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Klein

The six-suite hotel encourages guests to enjoy the lavish Lalique-laden surrounds and indulge in the epicurean delights of Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Klein

28 Mar 2019 - 10:35AM
At a Native American pow-wow in Wisconsin – once oppressed people finding their place in modern US

The Ho-Chunk tribe’s ritual gathering is a deeply spiritual event in the heart of ‘America’s Dairyland’ – and definitely not for the benefit of tourists

The Ho-Chunk tribe’s ritual gathering is a deeply spiritual event in the heart of ‘America’s Dairyland’ – and definitely not for the benefit of tourists

15 Nov 2018 - 6:43AM
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin estate survived fire and murder to become architectural icon

The sprawling Taliesin estate in rural Wisconsin brings the aesthetic world of America’s first ‘starchitect’ to life, from his first commission in 1887, to his former home and its macabre past

The sprawling Taliesin estate in rural Wisconsin brings the aesthetic world of America’s first ‘starchitect’ to life, from his first commission in 1887, to his former home and its macabre past

27 Sep 2018 - 1:50AM
Cape Town’s hottest new hotel elevates industrial-chic to new heights

Housed in a former grain store that was once the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Silo stuns with austere interiors and spectacular views

Housed in a former grain store that was once the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Silo stuns with austere interiors and spectacular views

29 Mar 2018 - 8:18PM
For the best of Bordeaux, take the Graves and Sauternes wine route

Peppered with mostly family-owned chateaux, the French region rewards visitors with excellent food and fascinating insights into their favourite tipples

Peppered with mostly family-owned chateaux, the French region rewards visitors with excellent food and fascinating insights into their favourite tipples

2 Feb 2018 - 5:33PM
Get away from it all in Venice at luxury vineyard refuge Venissa, far from the tourist hordes

Set amid vines and with a Michelin-starred restaurant, six-bedroom hotel offers peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most visited cities

Set amid vines and with a Michelin-starred restaurant, six-bedroom hotel offers peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most visited cities

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM