Features - Asia

24 hours in Malé

In contrast to the pristine beaches and idyllic turquoise lagoons of the resort islands, is the Maldives’ frenetic yet fascinating capital city. Tourism is the biggest economy in this Sunni Muslim society (the country welcomes almost a million visitors per year); fishing is the second-largest economy. Speedboats carrying tourists to resorts criss-cross over the channel, iPhones buzz in the coffee shops, scooters weave through the narrow streets, and colourful fishing boats chug in and out of the harbour. The Maldivians have a vibrant heritage and are believed to originate from India, Sri Lanka, Africa, and Arabia. Ancient mosques and souvenir shops selling traditional handicrafts stand alongside glittering high-rise offices on this compact 2.2km2 island.

24 Hours in Hangzhou

Once one of the largest cities in the world, today Hangzhou is not only an economic powerhouse but also one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. The ancient city has seduced travellers for centuries, including Marco Polo and Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, who visited in 1345, when many Arab traders lived in this important port city. Renowned for its stunning West Lake and its tranquil gardens, Hangzhou was the imperial capital of both the Southern Song Dynasty and the invading Mongols. Modern Hangzhou is home to nearly seven million people and is one of the most important high-tech and manufacturing hubs in eastern China, but travellers are still drawn to its eclectic history, its rich culture, and the waters of ancient West Lake.

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24 hours in Kolkata

Widely considered the cultural capital of India, Kolkata is situated on the banks of the river Hooghly in the eastern state of West Bengal. Rich in colonial charm, it houses two landmark bridges, noteworthy palaces, and cathedrals, as well as bustling markets and a colourful tramline. Historically, it has always been at the forefront of modern thought and creativity. In recent years, this has given birth to a new breed of designers and artists who are taking the entire country by storm. Heritage structures, public festivals, and indigenous cuisine all compete for attention in this artistic city.

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24 hours in Muscat

Stretched over 70 km between the magnificent Hajar Mountains and the turquoise Indian Ocean, Muscat is a picturesque city that has stayed true to its Arabian heritage.

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24 hours in Chengdu

Qatar Airways launches flights to Chengdu, China on September 3.

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24 hours in Jakarta

Indonesia’s answer to New York, Jakarta is a beguiling mix of old and new Asia with more than enough to entertain visitors.

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24 hours in Perth

The first things most people notice when they arrive in Perth are the dazzling light, open spaces, vibrant colours, and fresh air

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24 hours in Tokyo

The archetypal bustling Metropolis, Tokyo effortlessly blends contemporary wonders with traditional sensibilities.

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24 hours in Delhi

Built, destroyed, and rebuilt about a dozen times, Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world and is also one of the most multi-layered.

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24 hours in Kathmandu

The gateway to the Himalayas, Kathmandu has been attracting travellers, adventurers, and the downright curious for millennia.

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