Imperial Tours’ China Luxury Travel Blog
Chengdu city skyline - its population is 14 million and growing
Chengdu was recently ranked in the MasterCard Global City Index as the second fastest-growing destination in the world from 2009 to 2015. As of June 2015 there are 265 Fortune Global 500 companies in Chengdu and this number is growing rapidly. And all for good reason, as Chengdu is a great city with lots going for it. Of course the pandas are the prime draw but Chengdu also offers world renowned Sichuanese cuisine at fantas...
Masters of Food and Wine 2011 - 2014
This November take a personal side trip for passion. Park Hyatt Beijing and Park Hyatt Shanghai are once again hosting the annual “Masters of Food & Wine” series and both tables are set to take guests into the creative minds of world-renowned chefs, sommeliers and artists.
The event in Beijing called “Soul Mates” takes place on November 14 and features Executive Chef Jack Aw Yong and well-known food critic Craig Au Yeung. Toget...
Giant Buddha carved out of rock at the Yungang Caves, Datong
Imperial Tours is very pleased to announce the addition of Pingyao and Datong to our luxury travel destinations. We recommend combining Pingyao and Datong into a 2 day luxury tour in between visiting Beijing and Xi’an. For anyone who wants to experience a journey back to ancient China at these two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then visiting Pingyao and Datong is a must!
On day one we leave Beijing on an early morning fli...
Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing
Imperial Tours has compiled another roundup of what’s happening and what’s new in China luxury travel this fall.
Art & Culture
Fall is a busy time on the art scenes in China’s key cities. Beijing Design Week (Sep. 23rd to Oct. 7th) is running for a total of two weeks this year and they have expanded their number of installations and events across the city. Shanghai is hosting both the Shanghai Art Fair in November and the Art 021 Shanghai...
By Margot Kong with a guest blogger
I’m sitting here waiting for the blood moon to peer over the horizon on this day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, also called the Moon Festival. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar and is a celebration of the roundest and brightest moon of the year. It is a time when families come together to give thanks for the harvest. Even those relatives who cannot physically reunite for the festivities can take comfort by look...
View over Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor
If you are joining or ending a luxury cruise in China this winter or next – be it in Hong Kong, Tianjin or another port – then why not consider customizing a private pre or post cruise tour.
Many cruises start and end in Hong Kong, so you are spoiled for choice for things to do prior to or after your cruise. There’s a side to Hong Kong for everyone – shop until you drop; enjoy some of the best food that Asia has to offer;...
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.
Dim sum – typical Cantonese regional cuisine
1. Diversity: There are 8, some argue 9, distinct regional cuisines in China. These have been grouped into 4 schools of cooking, each with very distinct flavors, use of ingredients and style of cooking. They can be categorized in the following way: North – this is the cuisine of Beijing, Inner Mongolia and imperial Shandong which features heavy use of leeks and onions and includes stewing and roasting techniques (think Peking roast duck...
Ganden Monastery near Lhasa
Summer is fast disappearing and it’s time to think ahead and make your travel plans to see you through the winter. A more unusual winter vacation to tell your friends and family about back home is a trip to Lhasa to experience the Tibetan Lunar New Year celebrations, known in Tibetan as Losar (lo means ‘year’ and sar means ‘new’). This is a great time to visit Lhasa if you want a truly memorable and moving experience to come home with...
When 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 they now lead China’s most sophisticated luxury tour operator. To keep up with the country’s rapid transformation, Rubin is constantly inspecting new hotels—Chengdu has recently seen the arrival of the Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Temple Ho...
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