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It’s not unusual for 10 to 15 metres of snow to fall over the course of a season at the northern end of the Japanese Alps, making it the perfect spot for tree runs on soft powder 

Autumn signals the beginning of festival season in Hong Kong, and this year, there is something for everyone. Here are five you shouldn't miss.

The clear waters of Coron Bay in the Philippine island province of Palawan contain 12 second world war Japanese shipwrecks and are a paradise for divers.

Landlocked Laos is a place of great natural diversity, from the peaks in the north, to the remote centre, and the open plains. But some impressions remain the same: this is a country with a deep heritage, and life is laid-back. Winter in Laos means long periods of stable, warm weather - perfect for a visit.

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The rocks of a remote river valley in Guizhou provide not only fabulous scenery, but also challenges that climbers are finding too tempting to resist.

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