For most Kathmandu-bound travellers, Thamel’s colourful streets offer their first taste of the Nepalese capital. Photo: Shutterstock
Ed Peters
Opinion

Opinion

Brief Encounters by Ed Peters

What to do in Kathmandu – coffee, cuisine and Himalayan vistas on a short break to Nepal’s capital

  • A casualty of civil war and natural disaster, the city is rising from its ruins to offer travellers a rich, rewarding experience
  • Few travel guides do justice to hospitable, charming, easy-going citizens

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For most Kathmandu-bound travellers, Thamel’s colourful streets offer their first taste of the Nepalese capital. Photo: Shutterstock
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Historic Qianmen Street bridges the past and present of the Chinese capital, where artisans rule and the dangdang – Beijing’s answer to the ding ding – trundles up and down the attractive avenue. Photo: Shutterstock
Ed Peters
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Opinion

Brief Encounters by Ed Peters

What to do over a weekend in Beijing – scratch the surface of China’s capital and discover a city worth getting to know

  • Steer clear of the obvious, overcrowded attractions to find pockets of art, history, culture and quirkiness
  • Boutique offerings, from hotels to bookshops, show a different side to the destination more commonly associated with big-name brands

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Historic Qianmen Street bridges the past and present of the Chinese capital, where artisans rule and the dangdang – Beijing’s answer to the ding ding – trundles up and down the attractive avenue. Photo: Shutterstock
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