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Jiuzhaigou: A Journey to the Mythical Valley

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It is said that if there should be a paradise on earth, Jiuzhaigou must be one of them. According to Tibetans, there is no equal elsewhere that has overwhelming sceneries as this valley. It combines serene crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, lush green forests, and snowed-capped mountains.

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Korean Cuisine: First Taste of Korean Royal Dishes

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Artful presentation and refined taste, Korean royal dishes demonstrate a centuries-long tradition of cooking that has been passed down by court cooks and royal descendants for generations. It’s the feast for all five senses and is often considered the highest form of dining in Korean cuisine.

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The Regeneration of Seoul Downtown

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A busy commuter highway was transformed into a nature-filled public area. An abandoned stadium was replaced by a world-class exhibition centre. And on the site of the old campus, a man-made canyon was created. Seoul has received a major facelift for the last few years. From a mere industrial centre in the 1960s, it has grown into a modern, eco-friendly capital that many cities in the world want to model after.

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The Colours of Hong Kong

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Bright and colourful, Hong Kong has never failed to impress first-time visitors. They are often overwhelmed by the rainbow of colours seen in the brightly lit shop fronts, in the delicious food and on the dazzling skyline. Some would say that this mixture of colours characterises Hong Kong as the melting pot of culture. And each colour represents an aspect of the bustling life that thrives amid towering buildings.

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Gangnam District: From Zero to Hero

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Expensive, exclusive and elite are the most appropriate words to describe Seoul’s Gangnam district. It’s indeed a place to see and be seen, filled with high-end real estate, luxury boutiques and glimmering skyscrapers. But fifty years ago, this area was nothing more than a vast countryside; home to rice paddies and pear farms. And everything you see today has been built since then.

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Arashiyama: A Beautiful Retreat near Kyoto

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Resembling an ink wash painting, Arashiyama in the western outskirt of Kyoto has long been a favourite escape of the Japanese elites. Since the Heian period, the nobles came here to unwind from the hustle of the city. Today, foreign and domestic tourists flock here to see the evergreen bamboo groves of Arashiyama, as well as to find serenity at Tenryūji – a temple with a stunning mountain backdrop.

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Nijō Castle and a Spectacular Kimono Exhibition

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With wide moats, massive stone walls and imposing keeps, Nijō Castle demonstrates the power of the Tokugawa shoguns who ruled over Japan for more than 260 years. Hidden behind this intimidating facade are, however, dreamy gardens and a magnificent palace where an exquisite collection of kimonos was on display.

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Fushimi Inari: A Stroll through Thousands of Torii

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Best known for its endless trail of vermilion torii, Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines. It is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, and has attracted pilgrimages and merchants for centuries. These days visitors from all over the world pour into this place to have a stroll through the beautiful holy gates, as well as to pray to the deity for luck and business success.

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Korean Cuisine: The Korean Barbecue

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The sizzling sound, the irresistible aroma and the savoury meat, Korean barbecue has never failed to impress hungry visitors. This dish has extended beyond the borders of its home country, becoming the favourite of many people around the globe. And certainly, a trip to South Korea will never be completed without this grilling experience.

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Jeju: South Korea’s Natural Wonder

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Home to pristine nature, Jeju has long been South Korea’s most favourite domestic holiday destination. A natural wonder just off the southern coast of the country – the island offers a stark contrast to the concrete jungle in Seoul or Busan, with fresh air, lush green landscapes and exquisite beaches.

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Back to Childhood at Jeju Teddy Bear Museum

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Teddy bears are no longer just regular toys. Since their introduction some 100 years ago, those bear cubs have been loved and cherished by nearly every boy and girl on this planet. I was no exception. Hence, when seeing the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, I couldn’t stop myself from getting in. It’s simply a trip to childhood.

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