Friday, 23 June 2017

Shanghai - Hongkou & North Shanghai (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Hóngkǒu and North Shànghǎi may not have the lion’s share of sights in town, but prize chunks of heritage architecture rise up from the swirl of street life and an authentic grittiness survives.

get a history lesson on Jewish Shànghǎi in Ohel Moishe Synagogue

take a self-guided tour of Hóngkǒu’s concession-period and art deco buildings, such as the Broadway Mansions

get lost along the labyrinth of concrete walkways in the 1933

Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping and Sports & Activities.

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Vienna - The Museum District & Neubau (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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The Museum District and Neubau walk a fine line between Habsburg history and modernity. Hang out in the courtyards of the MuseumsQuartier in summer and the creativity in the air is palpable.

throw yourself head first into the artistic vortex of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, a whirl of Habsburg treasures from Egyptian tombs to rare breed Raphael, Dürer and Caravaggio masterworks

check Vienna’s cultural pulse during an art-packed day at the vast ensemble of museums, cafes, restaurants and bars of the MuseumsQuartier, inside the Hofburg’s former imperial stables

make a date with the dinosaurs and prehistoric divas at the Naturhistorisches Museum

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Sports & Activities.

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Wales - Snowdonia & the Llyn (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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This part of Wales really packs it in, from rugged mountain trails to coastal paths, old industrial sites and heritage train lines. The gem in this diadem is Snowdonia National Park, where the mightiest peaks south of Scotland scrape glowering skies.

climb Snowdonia’s second-most-famous peak, Cader Idris, a legendary haunt of giants

float through the air across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a pinnacle of Georgian civil engineering

test your claustrophobia in the gloomy slate caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog

Coverage includes: North Wales Borderlands, Holywell (Treffynnon), Ruthin, Llangollen, Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri), Bala (Y Bala), Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Dolgellau, Cader Idris (Cadair Idris), Tywyn, Barmouth (Abermaw), Harlech, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Llanberis, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Beddgelert, Llŷn Peninsula, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Pwllheli, Abersoch, Aberdaron, Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), Morfa Nefyn, Pistyll and Nant Gwrtheyrn.

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Romania & Bulgaria - Crisana & Banat (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Timisoara, Oradea and Arad boast wonderful examples of art nouveau architecture, and many buildings are getting a long-awaited facelift. There are spas at Baile Felix, while the pristine Apuseni Mountains are criss-crossed with hiking trails and amazing caves.

get a riveting lesson in Romanian history at the Museum of the 1989 Revolution in Timisoara

explore the city’s stunning and increasingly renovated art nouveau monuments of Oradea

enjoy a night of opera, dinner at a fine restaurant and a nightcap on Piata Victoriei or Piata Unirii in Timișoara

Coverage includes: Banat, Timisoara, Crisana, Oradea, Baile Felix, Ar-ad.

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Scotland - Inverness & the Central Highlands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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From the subarctic plateau of the Cairngorms to the rolling hills of Highland Perthshire and the rugged, rocky peaks of Glen Coe, the central mountain ranges of the Scottish Highlands are testimony to the sculpting power of ice and weather.

hike among the hills, lochs and forests of Scotland’s most beautiful glen, Glen Affric

wander through ancient Caledonian forest in the heart of the Cairngorms on the Rothiemurchus Estate

make it to the summit of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis – and be able to see the view

Coverage includes: The Great Glen, Inverness & Around, West of Inverness, Black Isle, Loch Ness, The Cairngorms, Aviemore & Around, Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie & Newtonmore, Tomintoul & Around, Royal Deeside, The Angus Glens, Highland Perthshire, Dunkeld & Birnam, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Lochs Tummel & Rannoch, Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Loch Tay & Ben Lawers, Fortingall, Glen Lyon, West Highlands, Glen Coe, Glencoe Village, Kinlochleven, Fort William & Around, Ardnamurchan, Road to the Isles, Knoydart Peninsula, Small Isles, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck.

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Top 10 airlines for 2017 named at World Airline Awards

The World Airline Awards, sometimes called the Oscars of the airline industry, have been announced at the Paris Air Show. The chosen top airline of 2017 is Qatar Airways named as World’s Best Airline. That’s controversial because tiny Qatar is currently caught up in a diplomatic crisis affecting a number of Middle East states.

Etihad Airways take top honours for World’s Best First Class; Best First Class Seat and Best First Class Onboard Catering. This marks the third time the airline has won all three First Class award categories at the World Airline Awards.

The top ten airlines in 2017 are:

1. Qatar Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
4. Emirates
5. Cathay Pacific
6. EVA Air
7. Lufthansa
8. Etihad Airways
9. Hainan Airlines
10. Garuda Indonesia

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Norwegian to offer low-cost flights to Argentina

Norwegian has announced a new route from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, marking the airline’s first ever South American route as its UK expansion plans gather pace.

The new route will start in February 2018, and is designed to compete with the current monopoly on direct London to Buenos Aires flights operated by British Airways.

Norwegian already offers affordable long-haul flights from London Gatwick to nine US cities and Singapore.

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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection set to debut in 2019

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea.

Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement.

Named The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, this venture represents a unique foray into the cruise industry for a luxury hotel operator.

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Myanmar - Mandalay & Around (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Myanmar - Mandalay & Around (PDF Chapter)

The Mandalay region is the major population centre of Upper Burma, itself the cradle of Bur-mese arts, culture and civilisation. Where Yangon is a diverse microcosm of the nation, Mandalay remains an urban expression of Burmese ethnic identity.

watch sunrise or sunset from the world’s longest teak bridge, U-Bein Bridge, in Amarapu-ra

survey Sagaing’s monastery-dappled green hills and the endless gilded pagodas of Shin Pin Nan Kain

ponder the king-sized unfinished stupa of Mingun Paya

Coverage includes: Mandalay & Around, Amarapura, Inwa (Ava), Sagaing, Mingun, Paleik.

Coverage includes: Cala Pi, Sa Ràpita, Colònia de Sant Jordi, Ses Sa-lines, Illa de Cabrera, Santanyí, Cala Figuera, Portopetro, Parc Natural de Mondragó, Cala d’Or.

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Mallorca - Southern Mallorca (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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The forbidding geography of the coast between the Bay of Palma and Colònia de Sant Jordi has preserved this area as one of Mallorca’s least developed. Beyond the stark cliffs are intimate coves and long swathes of fine sand.

boat to the Illa de Cabrera, Mallorca’s only national park

hike to the coves that dot Cap de Ses Salines

dine on the day’s catch at the fishing village of Cala Figuera

Coverage includes: Cala Pi, Sa Ràpita, Colònia de Sant Jordi, Ses Sa-lines, Illa de Cabrera, Santanyí, Cala Figuera, Portopetro, Parc Natural de Mondragó, Cala d’Or.

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Laos - Central Laos (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Ever since Tha Khaek opened its French-colonial shutters to travellers and the dramatic 7km-long underworld of Tham Kong Lor became a must-see fixture on itineraries, central Laos has been enticing visitors.

go underground to experience a boat trip through the incredible 7km-long limestone un-derworld of Tham Kong Lor

trek amid gothic limestone karsts, subterranean caves and meandering rivers at Phu Hin Bun NPA

ride and journey on winding roads through flooded valleys, dense jungle and jagged mountain peaks of ‘The Loop’

Coverage includes: Best Places to Sleep, Bolikhamsai & Khammuan Provinces, Paksan, Pak Kading, Ban Khoun Kham, Tham Kong Lor, Lak Sao, Tha Khaek & around, Savannakhet & around, Dong Phu Vieng NPA, Phu Xang Hae NPA, Sepon & the Ho Chi Minh Trail, When to Go.

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Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang - Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas (Chapter)

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Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang - Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas (Chapter)

Chinatown is a microcosm of Malaysia’s ethnic and historic mix. Jln Petaling is its central spine, hosting a bustling night market and bracketed by Chinese arch gates, with new street art, cafes and cocktail bars clustered around its southern end.

get treetop views from the canopy walkway in KL Forest Eco Park and ascend Menara KL for a thrilling panoramic lookout from the open-air deck

stand at the city’s colonial heart, Merdeka Square, surrounded by a handsome ensemble of heritage buildings

explore the newly signposted walks around Chinatown and Merdeka Sq on the KL Heritage Trail

Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping and Sports & Activities.

Coverage includes: Kjölur Route, Sprengisandur Route, Askja Route and Kverkfjöll Route.

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Iceland - The Highlands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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You may have travelled the Ring Road thinking that Iceland is light on towns; that sheep seem to outnumber people; that you haven’t encountered an N1 service station for many a mile. Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

hike across the Askja lava field, drink in the caldera views, then soak in the waters of Víti crater

marvel at icy sculptures hidden in the geothermal caves at Kverkfjöll

pay homage to the Queen of the Mountains at Herðubreið

Coverage includes: Kjölur Route, Sprengisandur Route, Askja Route and Kverkfjöll Route.

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Hong Kong - Macau (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Many visitors automatically equate ‘Macau’ with ‘gambling’, but the historic Macau Peninsula is far more about history than blackjack. The nearby islands of Taipa, Cotai and Coloane are more like one big island these days, thanks to land reclamation.

Macau Peninsula is the city’s busy core, with dense working neighbourhoods, charming colonial buildings (and, yes, some casinos too – mostly the smaller, older ones). Taipa Village boasts dining and shopping while Cotai has the biggest casinos on earth and Coloane offers beachy getaways and long Portuguese lunches.

Coverage includes: Macau Peninsula, Taipa, Coloane and Cotai.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Venice - Did You Know?

"According to Venetian tradition, the couple riding in gondola should kiss under each bridge and they will stay in love forever."

Do you have a romantic trip to Venice planned? Download the eBook version of Lonely Planet's PDF chapter from the Venice & The Veneto city guide


Watch a Murano glass-blower practice his craft, stroll past stalls of tiny octopus and giant oysters at Rialto Market, or take a moonlit gondola ride past ancient palaces; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Venice and the Veneto and begin your journey now!

Covers: Sestiere di San Marco, Sestiere di Dorsoduro, Sestieri de San Polo and Santa Croce, Sestiere di Cannaregio, Sestiere di Castello, Giudecca, Lido, Murano, Burano, and more

Inside Lonely Planet Venice & the Veneto Travel Guide:
- Full-colour maps and images throughout

- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices

- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, cuisine, wine, and more

- Free, convenient pull-out Venice map (included in print version), plus over 29 colour neighbourhood maps

You can pick and choose from complete guides and individual chapters, and download them to any device you like.

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