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August 21, 2014
By: Imperial Tours | Topics: Travel Industry ,

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Photo of Guy Rubin, Imperial Tours: Luxury Tours in ChinaWhen Rubin moved to China in 1994, he was surprised to find a dearth of resources for discerning travelers in a country so rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty. He and his wife and partner, Nancy Kim, set out to change that, and now lead China’s most ambitious luxury tour operator. To keep up with the country’s rapid transformation, Rubin is constantly inspecting new hotels—Beijing has seen the  arrival of a Waldorf Astoria; a Rosewood and another Mandarin Orient

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August 21, 2014
By: Imperial Tours | Topics: Travel Industry ,

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Rubin is one of the most sought-after tour operators in China for luxury travel, a field that has changed dramatically in the 16 years that he’s been in the industry. He exhaustively researches new openings—the Banyan Tree Shanghai; the Mandarin Orientals in Guangzhou and Shanghai—and cultivates local contacts that lead to insider experiences: a helicopter ride from Beijing to the Great Wall, instruction in the game of weiqi, or a private calligraphy lesson.

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August 18, 2014
By: | Topics: Arts & Culture , Nature & Environment ,

 

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Cai Guo Qiang, one of China’s best-known artists, opened his blockbuster The Ninth Wave exhibition with a literal bang on August 8th as his signature multicolored ‘daytime fireworks’ exploded over the Huangpu River. Located at the Power Station of Art on the river bank, the impressive scale matches the huge exhibition spaces that this relatively new venue offers.  

The highlight of the exhibit is the eponymous The Ninth Wave, an ark filled with stuffed animals,

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August 15, 2014
By: Valeria Incoletti | Topics: Food & Drink ,

Image of Gluten Free Fine Dining in China with Imperial Tours

 

I often get asked if it’s really hard for an Italian to have to eat gluten-free (GF), and in China too.  No pasta? No dumplings?  What *do* you eat??  Luckily, China has always been a fairly GF-friendly country.  With the rare exception of restaurants specializing in wheat-based noodles or dumplings, there are always plenty of rice-based dishes to choose from, as well as rice noodles (and other GF starch noodles like mung bean or sweet potato noodles…).

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August 5, 2014
By: Nancy Kim | Topics: China Luxury Travel , Travel Industry ,

Image of Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa

 

This past June, Guy and I were fortunate enough to be invited by Shangri-la Hotel to their new hotel in Lhasa as a part of their Advisory Board meeting (Guy is on the board).  I hadn’t been to Lhasa in almost ten years and the last time we were there, the Lhasa Hotel was the best on offer.  Since then, both the Shangri-la and St. Regis hotels have opened, giving luxury travelers a chance to experience this unbelievable culture without having to sacrifice those creature

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