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September 8, 2015
By: Nancy Kim | Topics: China Luxury Travel , Travel Industry ,

Temple House exterior

Exterior view of The Temple House

Last week Guy and I were lucky enough to be invited by The Temple House Hotel to visit the vibrant city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and gateway to Western China. Most people think of pandas when they think of Chengdu and indeed, this is the home of the adorable Giant Panda. With the opening of The Temple House, however, witnessing the rise of one of China’s most exciting cities will make the experience that much more enjoyable.

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June 3, 2015
By: Nancy Kim | Topics: Travel Industry ,

Image of Calligraphic Sculpture in Rosewood Hotel in Beijing

Shortly after its opening my family and I stayed at the Rosewood Beijing, the city’s newest luxury urban hotel.

While located in a busy area with lots of traffic, they did an excellent job of sheltering the entrance from the chaos outside. The lobby is well designed and feels relaxing. The decor is contemporary, sleek and quite masculine with muted tones and straight lines, so in many ways it has more of a business hotel look and feel rather than that of a leisure escape. The artwork wo

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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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April 15, 2013
By: Nancy Kim | Topics: Arts & Culture , People ,

 

Mr. Ma came to our office to teach us the traditional craft of Chinese egg carving.  This involved the laborious process of drawing, in pencil, the character “fu” (“prosperity) on a hallowed egg, then using a blade to slowly chisel away the peel of the egg.  While at first frustrating, each of us eventually became so involved in our eggs that it was almost meditative. 

While carving our eggs, we started chatting with Meixin, one of the founders of Gift

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