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Beijing’s Hotel Jen works out travellers’ pains

Beijing’s Hotel Jen works out travellers’ pains

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Hotel Jen Beijing is one for the energetic. Located on the first 22 floors of the China World building in Guomao, Hotel Jen Beijing features an impressive take on the tired, old hotel gym - the Trainyard health club. It is a workout space rivalling the best in contemporary gym and …

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Songbei Shangri-La a harbinger of China’s continuing boom

Songbei Shangri-La a harbinger of China’s continuing boom

With 117 cities in mainland China boasting populations of more than three million the Middle Kingdom’s growth story still has a long way to play out. For international hotel groups the potential of moving into many of these second and third tier cities is enormous with most global brands indicating they have multiple projects in …

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Robbery and personal insults herald real acceptance

Robbery and personal insults herald real acceptance

In the hayseed towns of southern China, municipalities where the population barely nudges 700,000 people, little more than a dozen words of Cantonese will get you a pretty riotous response. The standard reaction goes something like this: your interlocuter immediately starts as if he or she has been addressed by a talking horse or dog. Consternation quickly softens into relief and hilarity on the realisation the sounds are intelligible. As curious and friendly bystanders gather, a gratifyingly large amount of praise is then heaped on you.

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10 of the best in Shanghai

10 of the best in Shanghai

Right now, this very instant, is the time to plan your trip to Shanghai. I’ve been to Shanghai nearly every year for the past decade or so and let me assure you autumn and spring are the best months to be there. Forget winter (it’s miles above the equator) and summer is very difficult indeed.

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Sybarites are the Kerry Hotel’s business

Sybarites are the Kerry Hotel’s business

The Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai China, is made for sybarites. It says on their website that it caters for business travellers and so forth, but really it exists to spoil its guests. With great food in world class restaurants, awesome beer and one of the best spas in the business.

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