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October 1, 2011
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James Shillinglaw talks with Guy Rubin, managing partner of Imperial Tours, a Beijing-based upscale operator of customized small group and independent travel to China. Rubin discusses new destinations and top experiences in the country, as well as the emergence of a new, very modern and unexpected China for visitors.

http://www.travelpulse.com/an-interview-with-imperial-tours-guy-rubin.html

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August 9, 2011
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By James Shillinglaw

China remains one of the world’s most intriguing destinations – and one that Americans increasingly want to explore. To get an idea of the wide range of experiences this destination has to offer, we spoke with Nancy Kim and Guy Rubin, the husband-and-wife team who are managing partners of Imperial Tours, a high-end China tour operator based in Beijing but with an office in San Francisco. The company offers individually designed FIT and small group prog

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April 1, 2010
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By James Shillinglaw

TravelpulseShanghai – the very name evokes images of immense modernity, buildings touching the sky, and a center of commerce that is now one of the world’s great cities. Yet, Shanghai also has an ancient and colonial past; it was a city dominated by Western traders for a good part of the 20th century, at least until the Communist revolution swept capitalism aside -- until today at least!

I finally got a chance to visit this amazing metropolis last month on a 10-day travel

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March 1, 2010
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TravelpulseAfter nearly three days in Beijing, my Imperial Tours travel agent fam trip moved to Xian, site of the famous Terracotta warriors and the original seat of the Chinese empire. The Terracotta warriors, of course, are one of China’s most famous attractions, though they were discovered only late in the last century. But I found there is much more to Xian than the clay-figure warriors themselves.

We began our journey with a short flight (under two hours) from Beijing to Xian. A note on air tra

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March 1, 2010
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TravelPulse LogoBy James Shillinglaw

After two days visiting some of the iconic sights of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and Great Wall, our Imperial Tours fam trip spent a final half day visiting the famous Summer Palace in the outskirts of the city. Beijing was still cold but the weather had turned clear as we left the Raffles Beijing by bus to drive through the wide boulevards of the city.

We passed massive government buildings, high-rise corporate headquarters and traditional “hutong” c

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March 1, 2010
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By James Shillinglaw

TravelpulseIt wasn’t quite the sight I would have expected. Heavy wet snow was falling on Beijing as we walked along Chang’An Avenue, the main boulevard that leads to the famed Tiananmen Square and the entrance gate to the Forbidden City. This ancient complex of palaces, courtyards, gates and gardens, perhaps Beijing’s greatest attraction, was turned into a winter wonderland that seemed to surprise even the city’s residents.

After nearly 20 years in travel, th

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